The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): The Future of IoT

INTERNET OF-THINGS

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the use of Internet of Things (IoT) in the man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries.

The IoT is big data and ma­chine learn­ing har­ness­ing sen­sory data, ma­chine-to-ma­chine (M2M) com­mu­ni­ca­tion and au­toma­tion tech­nolo­gies.

The IIoT promise is that IoT tech­nolo­gies will en­able busi­nesses en­gaged in the man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries to boost rev­enues by in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion and cre­at­ing new hy­brid busi­ness mod­els, ex­ploit in­tel­li­gent tech­nolo­gies to fuel in­no­va­tion and trans­form their work­force.

Why Is IoT Such A Big Deal

This is the IoT promise every­where. Smart homes, smart cities, smart agri­cul­ture, etc, there is a grow­ing net­work of phys­i­cal de­vices known as the Internet of Things, and this net­work of ve­hi­cles (smart de­vices) is cre­at­ing end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. All a ve­hi­cle needs to do is col­lect and share data to the cloud. That’s it.

In a home set­ting, that means your car telling your garage door that you’re al­most home. Maybe that does­n’t sound rev­o­lu­tion­ary to you, but that’s only scratch­ing the sur­face of what’s pos­si­ble.

The point is, us­ing IoT tech­nol­ogy, we can know more and do more quicker, bet­ter and smarter.

IIoT

The dri­ving phi­los­o­phy be­hind the IIoT is that smart ma­chines are bet­ter than hu­mans at ac­cu­rately and con­sis­tently cap­tur­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing data.

Seeing as this data can em­power com­pa­nies to iden­tify in­ef­fi­cien­cies and op­por­tu­ni­ties, sav­ing time and money, it’s no won­der that the Industrial Internet of Things is gen­er­at­ing so much buzz.

For man­u­fac­tur­ers, the IIoT holds great po­ten­tial, es­pe­cially in terms of qual­ity con­trol and sup­ply chain trace­abil­ity.

Stanley Black & Decker have em­braced IoT tech­nol­ogy and the an­a­lyt­ics they make pos­si­ble.


They turned to Cisco and AeroScout to help op­er­ate its tool man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Reynosa, Mexico, which serves the North American mar­ket.

Opened in 2005, the Reynosa plant pri­mar­ily man­u­fac­tures dozens of prod­ucts, in­clud­ing jig­saws, plan­ers, cord­less drills, flood­lights, and screw­drivers.

Because the plant has thou­sands of em­ploy­ees pro­duc­ing mil­lions of power tools each year across 40 mul­ti­prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ing lines, small, an­a­lyt­ics-pow­ered changes can have mas­sive im­pact on the bot­tom line.

The IIoT is one arm of a grow­ing, global net­work of, well, every­thing. There will be an es­ti­mated 50 bil­lion con­nected de­vices by 2020. That’s not just an Internet of Things, it’s an Internet of Everything, in­clud­ing IIoT, smart homes, smart cities and more.

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