The IIoT, or Industrial Internet of Things, represents a new way to bring data from previously inaccessible data streams into a more complete view of a business. The Internet of Things generally refers to devices which were historically not connected to the internet, but now are – for example wearables, smart TVs, and security cameras. The Industrial Internet of Things (the IIoT) more specifically refers to industrial devices that are now equipped with the capabilities to send data to HMI and SCADA systems or the cloud. These “smart” devices may include things like connected sensors, valves, switches, or field devices that connect to the network.
The barriers to adopting IIoT technology have fallen dramatically in the past decade. Historical challenges to implementing IIoT solutions included expensive components to add network connectivity, difficulty aggregating data from disparate data streams, and lack of a centralized database or dashboard.
Now these barriers are mostly gone, thanks to improvements in technology and a focus from software providers on creating platform agnostic solutions for reading and writing data.