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IIoT and IoT – ‘Things’ You Should Not Miss Out!

In my last article, I explained Internet of Things (IoT) in the simplest form. The Guidebook on IoT explains the evolution, applications, market, pros and cons and future of IoT. Moving further, as now you know that IoT is everything connected with a network, sensor, device and of course the ‘Internet’ then you must been now pensive that how IoT caters to ‘Everything’. One of its affluent subset is Industrial Internet [of Things]. In this article I will take you in a solemn journey across IIoT and how it is different from IoT.

What is Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

To the concept of IoT and IIoT both are quite similar but as aforementioned IIoT being the subset of IoT the applications are completely different in nature. IIoT is more tailored to preface it early.  Stating or defining it, as the abbreviation suggests, this part of IoT deals with Industrial applications with the same nature of technology but in this case, to ease production processes, automating machines and have more clarified results. IIoT is primarily based on the interaction between sensors that control production operations in processing raw materials. IIoT is noted to transform many big industries which it is already doing, including manufacturing, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, transportation and healthcare.

Industry 4.0 and IIoT

IIoT is said to be the backbone of Industry 4.0 or Manufacturing 4.0 concepts. Hence this brings massive criticality and scrutiny unlike IoT. In simple words, when companies or industries opts to transform their business processes and production facilities etc it’s a towering methodology to bring the decision-maker to consent. For example, automating an automobile plant is critical wherein, communication and data acquisition, networking and security is kept  on foremost check. Many companies are today heading towards IIoT as CIOs, CEOs & CTOs has undermine the potential of IIoT. IIoT for Industry 4.0 surely opens up the gamut of opportunities and across the globe with better understanding of evolving technologies(cloud, AI, ML, sensors) it is set to quantify at a massive level.

Comparing IoT and IIoT – An Analysis

The two parallel yet different technologies have their own ways of behaving and working applications. Both have the same standard protocol. The origin of the term Industrial IoT was more of enabling technology for digital transformation.


The Parameters Differentiates IoT vs IIoT

Experts note that Industrial IoT solutions, in mission-critical operations, must support fault tolerance, or resilience capabilities in its design. From a loss of sensors to a loss of connectivity, industrial IoT systems and architectures must compensate for in-use failures, and still be able to satisfactorily complete its processes and operations. It also draws the 10 parameters that differentiate IoT from IIoT, Below areas the follows:

  1. Security
  2. Interoperability
  3. Scalability
  4. Precision and Accuracy
  5. Programmability
  6. Low latency
  7. Reliability
  8. Resilience
  9. Automation
  10. Serviceability

The market of IIoT is still evolving but has been pretty dynamic from its inception. What will ace this market is the cognizance of buyers and solution providers and keeping security in mind and service it can provide to transform a gigantic plant into the levy of data. Interesting Indeed!

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Niloy Banerjee

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