The day and age in which we live is in a process of constant change. The evolution of human beings to industries has been going on for hundreds of years, and, at the pace at which industrialization and digitization have taken over our lives, we are setting up the stage for a much more advanced and transformative future
One such transformation that has taken over everything is Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The terms Internet of Things (IoT) and IIoT have become the new age lingo. Everyone you know and see is talking about it, and rightly so. IIoT has become synonymous to not only the manufacturing process, but also is now seen as human race moving towards modernization and industry digitization with respect to efficiency and control.
So, after talking in length about how IIoT is the future and humankind is in for digital transformation, let us understand IIoT and its many benefits.
IIoT in simple terms is a subcategory of IoT in the industry sphere. A network of intelligent devices, computers which helps in collecting and sharing vast amount of data. This data is then processed in the central cloud – based systems and is then translated into an understandable human interface for monitoring and control, along with providing information transparency amongst stakeholders and disconnectedness between machines and people.
We all know and have widely heard that IIoT works towards increasing productivity, which in turn gives businesses a boost. But let us dive a little deeper in understanding the actual value of improved connectivity, efficiency and scalability for industrial organizations. The connectivity of devices to robust cloud run platforms offers greater transparency, allowing operators to make better decisions from various perspectives – like procurement teams and get early maintenance notifications ensuring the machines run for a longer period. All this leads to business owners and stakeholders to make informed decisions and act instantly upon the metrics that are available.
To understand better how IIoT impacts the global market, today there are many technologies that play a major role in enabling IIoT. Apart from the already discussed sensors and data analytics, the latest technological advancements are much broader and range from various industrial challenges. The availability of cost-effective communication like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have made communications dependable as well as easy to scale.
The industrial revolution or this change that we have been talking about has not happened overnight. Over many years and with a number of revolutions witnessed by humankind, but with IIoT and automation, it is noticed that 5 key factors have drastically influenced the pace and the extent to which it has been adopted. These are –
- Technical Feasibility
- Cost of developing and deploying solutions
- Labor market dynamics
- Economic benefits
- Regulatory and social acceptance
AlongAll the factors together make sure adoption of this technology is taking place. Considering these factors, it is still estimated that it will take decades for the effect of IIoT and automation to fully play out.
Smart automation and IIoT have brought in a massive change. Not just in reference to technological advancement, but it has also been impact the economy at a much larger scale. According to a study conducted by PWC, automation has the potential to contribute up to $15 trillion to global GDP by the year 2030. This in turn paves way for generating a demand for jobs. Further studies show that the pace and extent of automation will impact the workers differently. These will vary across different occupations, activities, wages and skill sets. Activities prevalent to the manufacturing sector or retail trade are getting automated at a much quicker rate as compared to others.
IIoT and automation has wide ranging effects across geographies as well. Four major economies – China, Japan, India and the United States, today account for over half of the total wages of the world.
With everyday passing, the industrial internet is getting highly lucrative and competitive. With hundreds of businesses moving to a more sophisticated IIoT platform, they will be spending billions on various IIoT projects, transport and utility. The future is bright and exciting with a lot of innovation, but we also need to keep in mind the many cyber security threats. Nexapp makes devices that overcome connectivity challenges of various complex IIoT projects. To know more, download our free brochure.