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heavy industry and automation, but usability has been
hard to achieve. With the huge surge of data that a
network of fow meters can produce in one day, for example, the transfer and storage of those data have been
seen as too comprehensive to support in an industrial
network. However, with the advancement of embedded
computing and industrial wireless networks, the processing and storage of stream data are allowing small
to large-scale oil and gas operations to log years of production data with ease — quickly alerting central control of anomalies in the process in real-time. Benefts of
this “Data-to-Information” capability at the edge of industrial networks have allowed companies to maximize
capital equipment service by years, while shedding light
on potential system failures before they occur.
Cyber Security Shift:
The cyber level of the Industrial IoT movement is
what fundamentally differentiates Industrial IoT from
IoT. In the Industrial Internet, the cyber level serves as
a central information hub where all data from feld assets and sensors exist. It is at the cyber level where
customized analytics are performed and reside for the
purpose of allowing machines to engage in self-learning
processes and machine-to machine comparisons over
time. In simple terms, network data are being distributed among the various devices within a local area
network, placing much of the burden of computation
and security evenly among the devices in that network.
Bandwidth bottlenecks are reduced, as well as potential
areas of network vulnerability. This is because the cyber level of the Industrial IoT architecture, by its very
nature, fips traditional cyber security and management
models on their head by shifting traffc away from large
corporate networks to a network of edge and perimeter
The industrial internet refers to a reality of seam- less integrated machinery with networked sen- sors and powerful software.
The industrial Internet combines felds once separate;
including big data, machine-to-machine communication, cyber security and more. As of March 2014, the
Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) was founded by
AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel to bring
together industry players, from global corporations to
academia, to accelerate the development, adoption and
wide-spread use of Industrial Internet technologies.
Moxa Inc. was one of the early participants in this organization and serves on the Board of the Energy Charter.
Whether you call it the Industrial Internet, Industrial
Internet of Things or Industrie 4.0; it’s all the same thing.
Today, automation and IT are coupling their advancements of the last 20 years to tackle some of the world’s
biggest problems in energy, mass transportation, city
infrastructure and manufacturing. Bringing these concepts into a reality across various vertical applications
is certainly easier said than done, but there are four design attributes that defne Industrial Io T and transcend
The industrial IoT is dependent upon pervasive and
fuid connectivity between devices, sensors and operations. In the past, the division between Fieldbus networks, control networks and the application layers of
comprehensive industrial operations were heavily divided. Protocol division guaranteed that connecting an
oil refnery’s DCS system, for example, to the corporation’s global control network would be diffcult, expensive and limited in functionality. The amount of data
generated by various sensors and meters in a midsized
refnery can produce terabytes of largely uninteresting
data each day. Advancements in sensor resiliency, wireless transmission and network infrastructure have allowed for these industrial applications to support the
growing stream of data at costs far lower than traditional Fieldbus infrastructures.
As mentioned, the industrial world is not lacking in
data production. The challenge rests in putting those
data to work. For years, enterprise data companies utilizing distributed databases have searched for the best
way to implement data-driven operational solutions into
Defining the Industrial Internet of
Things (Industrial IoT)