We are talking a lot about IoT, but what is IIoT? The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is the use of smart sensors and actuators to enhance manufacturing and industrial processes. And the difference? Both concepts have the same main character of availability, intelligent and connected devices. The only difference between those two is their general usages. While IoT is most commonly used for consumer usage, IIoT is used for industrial purpose such as manufacturing, supply chain monitor and management system.
In a series of white papers, Avnet Silica and ON Semiconductor offer an insight into practical implementations of chips and technologies for IoT and IIoT.
The first paper focuses on Edge computing and can be resumed to Spreading IoT intelligence around and it.The IoT is evolving, from a sprawl of raw data sources into focused instances of processed information. Putting intelligence at the edge is creating demand for even more performance using less power and with lower latency. Understanding this, designers and manufacturers are developing and delivering the solutions needed to support doing more with less. Ultra-low power solutions are enabling battery-less designs to be deployed all around the network, each one producing valuable and actionable intelligence.
There are already billions of always-on devices constantly generating and transmitting data over a wider network of networks, feeding cloud-based servers and contributing to Big Data. Power efficiency is relevant at every juncture but the potential to reduce dependency on power is now a reality at the very edge.
The second paper available here explains how the IIoT can add greater levels of automation, machine vision, connectivity and robotics to smart factories when built on reliable, stable solutions. Discussions about the industrial market today are often focused on the vast potential in the industrial IoT (IIoT). The huge potential for innovation offers the promise of significant productivity gains, operational efficiency and bottom line revenue increases, but only if it’s enabled by a supply chain based on reliability, stability and longevity.
These values will be even more important as manufacturers and system integrators adopt greater levels of automation, connectivity and autonomy—all with faster design cycles and more competition increasing the pressure to get to market quickly. The interplay between these requirements is what defines the industrial marketplace and the innovation developers will contribute to it.