Consumer vs. Industrial IoT

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) plays a role in helping manufacturers and industrial companies optimize processes and implement remote monitoring capabilities. It has been posited that industrial IoT will bring about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What exactly is industrial IoT and what distinguishes it from consumer-oriented applications such as smart fridges?

1. IIoT Devices Are Industrial Strength

Sensors destined for industrial deployment need to be able to survive environments that simply wouldn’t be encountered by consumers, such as extreme temperatures and corrosive environments such as those encountered within wastewater infrastructure.

2. IIoT Systems Are Designed for Scalability

Because IIoT systems can result in the generation of billions of data points, consideration also has to be afforded to the means of transmitting the information from the sensors to their final destination.

3. IIoT Devices Have Special Communications and Power Requirements

IIoT devices are required to be fully remote controllable, have minimal response times, and house built-in watchdog timers to ensure that the systems automatically reboot in the event of a system hang.

4. IIoT Must Meet Cyber-Security Standards

70% of the most commonly used IoT devices contain vulnerabilities, according to Hewlett Packard research. Having your devices hacked could have important repercussions for personal privacy, but the network intrusion would be local. Should an IIoT system get hacked, the potential repercussions are an order of magnitude more severe. IIoT installations must meet far more demanding cybersecurity requirements before installations are approved for use.

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