The Industrial Internet of Things (the “IIoT”) involves the introduction of the internet to a series of devices, machines or other mechanisms that are able to communicate with each other via the internet. In other words, it’s updating the industrial and manufacturing industries in conjunction with the digital era.
The IIoT is a somewhat abstract concept as its applications are practically infinite. Imagine the way a flight path is monitored from the ground; the plane is able to send vital communications and information via digital communication, even without the intervention of the flight crew. These same measures have been applied to the way the manufacturing industry works, revolutionizing the world of engineering and manufacturing through digital communication.
Machine learning and machine to machine communication allow the IIoT to be possible. These processes enhance the industrial world, reducing human error and maximizing efficiency. While the IIoT has existed for years, a recent technological explosion of progress has occurred, allowing for the IIoT to be one of the most exciting fields of study for scholars around the world, on the cutting edge of technology. Think of the way 3D printing has changed the world. Now, imagine the processes that took 3D printing from an idea to a working possibility.
The IIoT has made the world a more efficient place. From a simple perspective, it greatly reduces the risk of human error. Without the IIoT, the automation that has made daily life so much simpler and more convenient would be impossible. Prescriptions are filled automatically; text message reminders allow critical deadlines to be met; heart rates are monitored through wearable devices and the manufacturing world has been completely and utterly transformed. While technology has its inherent vulnerabilities and pitfalls, the science, safety and security of the IIoT are ever improving with time. Security vulnerabilities are easily identified and corrected, offering opportunities for learning and improvement. IIoT has also been proven to save on cost, energy and efficiency, resulting in greener, more environmentally manufacturing processes.
Robotics, machine learning and logistics
Without IIoT, advances in robotics would be virtually impossible. From military applications to machine learning, robotics would be utterly impossible without the communication facilitated by the IIoT. Other fields would grind to a halt without the IIoT. Everything from fleet management and logistics to shopping online would grind to a halt if simple messages were unable to pass from one device to another. From managing a supply chain to maintaining the security of an office, the IIoT changes everything it touches, allowing for information and analytics to be processed instantly, this allowing for information to be readily available at any given moment.
The IIoT is still changing and developing, the new frontier of the information era. From secure, remote servers to driverless cars, the possibilities of the IIoT are virtually limitless. The IIoT has allowed all aspects of the workplace to operate more securely, allowing huge amounts of data to be processed and understood instantaneously. The IIoT represents the optimization of human ingenuity with the remarkable possibilities of AI and machine learning.