What is the future for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)? – Today’s Medical Developments
The Internet of Things (IoT) has changed the world as we know it. As a global community, we are more connected than ever – and perhaps more than we realize. Through the Internet of Things, we now have a vast network of internet-connected devices gathering, analyzing, and storing data, running the gamut from smart home products to driverless vehicles.
The industrial sector is no less affected by this new wave of technology. Thus, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) was born. The IIoT consists of internet-connected devices specifically within industrial applications. The IIoT allows for greater control, efficiency, and dependability in industrial operations such as robotics, medical devices, production processes, and monitoring.
While the IIoT has allowed for significant advances in production, research, and customer experience, technological advancements are still being made. Based on research conducted by Antaira, here’s what the future looks like for the Industrial Internet of Things.
The future is bright for the IIoT, as small businesses and global entities will enjoy increased opportunities for cost-saving predictive maintenance and greater internet-to-device communication. Additionally, more facilities will be able to become connected due to improved affordability regarding IIoT access. Many professionals also predict that Wi-Fi-powered devices will replace those currently powered by hard-wired IoT connections. All in all, the more accessible the IIoT becomes, the more businesses will reap the benefits of it.
Manufacturing facility improvements
Companies involved in product development will see increased connectivity and usage of IoT devices. The IIoT will assist production facilities to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency across the entire production process. Additionally, the IIoT will support improvements across research and testing, quality assurance, and distribution. Finally, new and improved devices that allow for compatibility in extreme weather and environmental conditions are hitting the market. These devices include Power over Ethernet switches, or industrial PoE switches, which establish power and connectivity even in harsh indoor and outdoor conditions.
IIoT as a service
IIoT as a Service, or IoTaaS, is a developing trend across connected facilities that we’re sure to see more of as we move toward the future. But what is IIoT as a Service, and what does it entail? IoTaaS allows external or third-party providers to handle all IIoT-connected devices on behalf of the facility. Providers would manage, analyze, and control these devices. IoTaaS is an excellent option for facilities with limited related expertise and for facilities looking to speed up the production process.
One of the most exciting prospects of the future of IIoT is a combination of cloud and edge computing. IIoT is evolving in such a way that facilities will be able to gather data from any connected source, regardless of how they’re connected, into one common location. This is especially exciting as the more IIoT advances, the more sources generate data, and the more the need for multi-location computing and storage grows.
While standard and preventive maintenance are helpful, the future of the IIoT will also allow for predictive maintenance. This capability allows facilities to accomplish a myriad of tasks to ensure proper device performance. This includes transmitting data directly from machinery to the production line, which allows workers to make changes as the need arises. Manufacturers will also be able to determine how much energy devices are consuming, enabling them to make improvements. Predictive maintenance will also contribute to safer and more precise repairs.