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Industrial internet of Things (IIoT)

Industrial internet of Things (IIoT) definition

Industrial internet of things (IIoT) refers to using internet-connected devices to collect and analyze data across the company. IIoT applications are designed to optimize industrial processes, improve efficiency, and enhance productivity in a wide range of industrial sectors.

See also: IoT gateway

The differences between IoT and IIoT

  • Scope. IoT (internet of things) is a network of everyday devices and sensors at home, such as smart lamps. It also has broader applications in healthcare, agriculture, and smart cities. But IIoT focuses on the devices in industrial settings specifically, such as manufacturing and energy.
  • Environment. IoT devices can be installed in a variety of environments, such as people’s homes and public places. IIoT devices must be able to withstand much harsher industrial conditions, such as high temperatures, humidity, and vibration.
  • Data complexity. Both IoT and IIoT deal with a vast amount of data from various sources. However, industry-designed devices are built to handle complex data such as predictive analytics and real-time monitoring, while IoT aims to present data in a more user-friendly manner.

Examples of IIOT

  • Predictive maintenance in manufacturing
  • Smart grids in energy management
  • Remote monitoring in healthcare
  • Precision agriculture
  • Supply chain optimization