Over the last few years, the digital transformation has pushed any organizations to take their technology landscape to the next level. With the Internet of Things (IoT), we now have a vast network of internet-connected devices gathering, analyzing, and storing data. The industrial sector has also been affected by this new wave of technology, hence the birth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This represents internet-connected devices specifically within industrial applications for industrial operations.

IIoT has allowed for significant advances in production, research, and customer experience, however, technological advancements are still being made. Here is what the future could like for the IIoT: 

  • Manufacturing Facility Improvements. Product development will see increased connectivity and usage of IoT devices. Production facilities will reduce operating costs and improve efficiency across the entire production process. IIoT will make improvements in research and development, testing, quality assurance, and distribution. We have also started to see the introduction of new devices designed specifically for environmental conditions, including extreme weather. These devices include Power Over Ethernet switches that can establish power and connectivity even in harsh indoor and outdoor conditions. 
  • IIoT as a Service. IIoT as a Service (IoTaaS) allows third-party providers to manage all IIoT-connected devices for the facility. They would manage, analyze, and control these devices. 
  • Merging of Cloud and Edge Computing. The evolution of IIoT has made possible for to gather data from any connected source, regardless of how they are connected, into one common location. As more sources generate data, the more need for multi-location computing and storage grows, hence merging cloud and edge computing.  
  • Predictive Maintenance. This allows facilities to accomplish countless tasks to ensure proper device performance. Machines will be able to transmit data directly to the production line in real-time, allowing changes to be made on the line as needed. Predictive maintenance will also contribute to safer and more precise repairs. 

The Industrial Internet of Things is going to continue to evolve and change and as more technological advancements are introduced, more questions are going to arise. Let 2W Tech help guide you on your journey in this digital transformation. Give us a call today and let our team of IT Consultants help you ensure you are using the most appropriate technology to help your business thrive in this competitive market.

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