The Industrial IoT (IIoT) represents the application of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the industrial domain. Researcher Kevin Ashton has defined IoT as the set of technologies that enable the control, monitoring, and transfer of information by connecting devices to the Internet.
The IIoT is a verticalization of the IoT, focused on the industrial ecosystem and enabled by technologies such as cybersecurity, cloud computing, edge computing, big data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
According to a report by Industry ARC, the Industrial IoT market will exceed $771 billion by 2026, with an estimated compound annual growth rate of 24.3 percent. Real-time data enables better management of the production process and a clear view of business performance.
An IIoT system consists of four levels:
Device layer: hardware, machines and physical sensors.
Network layer: communication protocols, cloud computing and WiFi networks for data transfer.
Service layer: applications and software for analyzing and transforming data into viewable information.
Content layer: user interface devices.
IIoT enables the monitoring and predictive maintenance of strategic infrastructure, using AI and machine learning to predict risks and suggest preventive measures. For example, in the infrastructure sector, IoT sensors and predictive algorithms enable continuous monitoring of tunnels, bridges, buildings and sewer systems, reducing energy and maintenance costs.
Cybersecurity is a challenge for IoT devices, as current measures are inferior to traditional systems. In addition, the lack of standardization in industrial communication protocols complicates the interconnection between machines with varied hardware.
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