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It's safe to assume that the majority of all Internet of Things (IoT) devices operate near large populations of people
By: Scott Allen
Apr. 30, 2016 01:45 AM
It's safe to assume that the majority of all Internet of Things (IoT) devices operate near large populations of people. Of course, right? This is where the action happens - smart devices, smart cars, smart infrastructure, smart cities, etc. Plus, the cost of getting "internet-connected" in these areas is relatively low - public access to Wi-Fi is becoming widely available, cellular coverage is blanketed over cities, etc.
But what about the devices out in the middle of nowhere? The industrial technology that integrates and communicates with heavy machinery that isn't always "IP connected," operating in locations not only hard to reach, but often exposed harsh weather. The fact remains, this is where IoT connectivity is potentially most challenging to enable, but also perhaps the most important to have. Why? Because these numerous assets help deliver the lifeblood for our critical infrastructures - electricity, water, energy, etc. Without these legacy and geographically dispersed machines, a smart world may never exist.
But let's back up for a second and squash any misconceptions about the "industrial" connectivity picture we're painting above. Take this excerpt from Varun Nagaraj in a past O'Reilly Radar article:
"... unlike most consumer IoT scenarios, which involve digital devices that already have IP support built in or that can be IP enabled easily, typical IIoT scenarios involve pre-IP legacy devices. And unfortunately, IP enablement isn't free. Industrial device owners need a direct economic benefit to justify IP enabling their non-IP devices. Alternatively, they need a way to gain the benefits of IP without giving up their investments in their existing industrial devices - that is, without stranding these valuable industrial assets.
Rather than seeing industrial device owners as barriers to progress, we should be looking for ways to help industrial devices become as connected as appropriate - for example, for improved peer-to-peer operation and to contribute their important small data to the larger big-data picture of the IoT."
It sounds like the opportunity ahead for the industrial IoT is to provide industrial devices and machines with an easy migration path to internet connectivity by creatively addressing its constraints (outdated protocols, legacy equipment, the need for both wired and wireless connections, etc.) and enabling new abilities for the organization.
Let's look at an example of how this industrial IoT transformation is happening.
Voice, Video, Data & Sensors
From the outline above, it sounds like a lot of different IoT networking devices will need to be used to address all of these applications at the power plant. If the opportunity ahead for the industrial IoT is to provide industrial devices and machines with an easy migration path to IP connectivity, what solutions are available to make this a reality for the power plant situation above? Not just that, but a solution with proven reliability in extreme environmental conditions? We might know one...
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