So you know what IoT is, but what about IIoT?



So we’ve established (in simple terms) what IoT (Internet of Things), means.


To recap, IoT (The internet of Things) essentially means taking all the things in the world and connecting them to the internet. Because this is so simplistic it can be easy for many to over generalise and not see or understand the true meaning.


IIoT explained


We can now look at IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), this referring to the network of connected devices within the industrial sector. It is essentially a branch off of IoT (Internet of Things).


The main traits of connected devices on IIoT networks is that they transfer data without the requirement of human interaction. The connected devices are able communicate through gateways, these are the physical servers that are tasked with filtering data, transmitting it to other devices and software applications.


The terms IoT and IIoT refer to not just exclusive, individual networks, but also on a much broader scale for global networks too.


Examples of IIoT


Examples of IIoT devices in an IIoT network include sensors, computers, and machines used in manufacturing, agriculture, as well as in mission-critical applications for industries such as nuclear and energy management.


A good example of IIoT being applied is for when equipment malfunctions in warehouses and factories occur and an alert is sent. As well as the remote monitoring of livestock on commercial farms, tracking of key assets in a production facility and the management of utility systems, such as transportation grids.




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