With the massive fanfare of the IoT or Internet of Things, its derivatives often miss the spotlight. IIoT or Industrial Internet of Things is one such technology that is well-known among industry experts but mostly unknown to the rest.
Components that make up IIoT
Machines are an integral part of any manufacturing or processing industry. Ordinary machines are programmed to do one thing, and they do it with high efficiency. Smart machines are an improvement over regular machines as they can communicate with other machines. IoT is all about the communication between devices, and IIoT applies it to the machines working in the industry. Machines can now send data about how well they are performing and if any part of it is undergoing undulating stress.
Sensors are an integral part of both IoT and IIoT. Sensors detect the changes in the physical environment and convert them into electrical signals. These electrical signals are the data that helps us understand the physical quantity measured by the sensor.
Infrastructure concerning IIoT is the network through which all the digital-communication happens. Without a secure and fast communication platform, data transfer will face obstructions that will make the entire setup futile. When it comes to storing and transferring data at a rapid pace, the cloud is the undeniable winner.
Software, Radios, and Controllers
An industry setup is very different from what we are accustomed to with the traditional IoT. In industries, a piece of machinery receives support from many other devices to create a system. Hence, a machine will have controllers or radios, and they run over custom software. With IIoT, these subunits should also support IIoT standards.