Industrial Internet of Things, Industrial IoT or IIoT is an industrial framework that connects and synchronizes multiple IoT devices or machines using third platform technologies and software tools in a machine-to-machine and in an IoT context (This context was later called an Industrial Internet context or Industry 4.0).
Currently, IIoT is largely used within the range of IoT applications outside of the enterprise market and consumer space, as superset use cases and applications across several sectors of the industry.
IIoT and Machine-To-Machine Communication
In the Industry 4.0 and machine-to-machine context, machines can operate virtually independently or with minimum human intervention. This is the advantage of the systems and frameworks that the IIoT is referring to. This allows the system to respond intelligently and even shift their course of action according to the information received from the feedback loops created within the framework.
The machine-to-machine communications or M2M is an aspect of the IoT, and also refers to certain activities and the primary stages of the IIoT. The idea behind M2M is to minimize human control as much as possible to achieve the highest level of automation. With that in mind, IIot can be considered a way to “smart machines” where the level of the accuracy of the required operation in every system is increased to the level that human interventions cannot achieve.
Benefits of IIoT
One of the main benefits of IIoT is that it could minimize manual labour and human errors. Thus, increasing the overall efficiency and cutting the cost on both time and money. Moreover, IIoT has the potential of becoming the foundation in maintenance and quality control.
The IIoT is part of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT collects, aggregates, and shares a huge amount of data in a relevant way, making it data-rich. Again, its goal is to improve the level of automation at commercial and domestic levels.
Data is crucial in the IIoT, which causes a change in the tasks of humans. In an Industrial context, automation decreases the need for human resources in certain types of work whichrequire complex skill sets. However, the IIoT’s goal is not to fully replace humans at work. Its real goal is to optimize and improve it. For instance, it can create new business models and revenue streams with a huge role for data.
Setting up an intelligent communication loop between machines allows prompt attention to maintenance problems. It can also boost the safety level of the operations by eliminating the risk factors.
The IIoT takes the benefits of the IoT in general to an increased level as well to the industries where human errors may result in great risks. Another benefit that the IIoT can provide is the precision level, which is one of the best welcome gifts from IoT.
It will not take long, and the entire processes and operations and many industries would run almost independently. Moreover, the IIoT will allow the industry to minimize the exposure of the human workforce to high industrial hazards.
Shortly, IIoT is likely to drive more unified IoT devices architectures and protocols, allowing machines to communicate easily and improving interoperability.
These are just the early benefits the IIoT can provide to many industries. By improving the intelligent connectivity between machine and devices, many industries can save time and money while increasing industrial efficiency and safety.