The IIoT is essentially the IoT for industry sectors including manufacturing, energy, transportation, aviation, and logistics. The ability to access and use data with increased speed and efficiencies will allow industries and towns to leverage this combined knowledge for better products and better service to communities. Examples include expanding on-demand services, creating smarter buildings, and providing better healthcare.
It is estimated that IIoT will be worth over $120 billion by 2021 and 12 trillion by 2030.
The two main IIoT categories are Industry 4.0 (the fourth industrial revolution) which is just for manufacturing and the Industrial Internet Consortium, founded in 2014, which includes more industries.
The advantages of IIoT
IIoT will expand the following abilities across industry sectors:
- Connectivity, because more information can be shared. Workers, customers, business communication, and business strategies will be more robust because every part of the business will be able to help every other part. Better connectivity will mean better business decisions.
- Scalability, because resources and information are being shared.
- Cost savings, because of the ability to better address safety and repair issues.
- The creation of new business models improved productivity and better analytics.
- Better supply chain efficiency.
The IIoT should also help industries meet and exceed green energy goals.
Practical IIoT issues
For various industries to be able to communicate with each other, standard technology protocols need to be put into place. Just because devices can speak with each other doesn’t mean they are compatible. Compatibility cannot come at the price of a security. MQTT (Message Queueing Telemetry Transport) protocol is becoming an IIoT standard, in part because it is viewed as a secure platform. Open-source platforms are helping create standard protocols.