Industrial IoT has developed closely alongside consumer IoT goods and now is here to change the industrial applications as we know. One of the biggest breakthroughs in the last few years have been wireless, low power wide area networks (LPWAN) that have fostered the development of wireless sensors and industrial IoT applications overall.
Wireless sensor systems can be used to measure anything from temperature and humidity to motion and pressure, therefore being applicable in a variety of industries such as agro- food, logistics, building management, production and many others.
The new streams of real-time value data provided by the sensors can give new insight in the inner workings of the existing processes, their effectiveness and faults. The historic data collected overtime can be great resource for improving decision making procedures and process optimization.
Essential component of the industrial IoT monitoring systems are data analysis tools. With the help of data analysis software in combination with cloud technologies data can be accessible anywhere, anytime from any device. This helps businesses to stay alert and helps monitor various sites simultaneously. Thus such application are suitable for companies in multiple locations or global presence.
The industrial IoT monitoring systems provide time and money savings for businesses. With easy, wireless deployment the industrial IoT systems exclude extensive planning or time consuming installations. Constant monitoring also allows for preventive action to be taken when it is needed.
It has never been easier and more cost effective to implement industrial IoT solutions.
Currently several technologies are battling for the top spot on the LPWAN throne, such as LoRaWAN, SigFox, Ingenu, Weightless, NB-IoT and others. Countless companies offer their IoT solutions based on one or several of these technology standards and present their IoT vision. The competitive nature on the market helps drive innovation and decrease costs, however it also means there is some uncertainty about which will eventually be the preferred technology.
The technologies provide different range, data rates, communication types and battery life. And for those who seek custom solutions catered with industry specific requirements a growing ecosystem of niche players running proprietary protocols are also emerging. No doubt that in some time as the turbulence settles a leader will emerge and the market will mature, however it is likely that many will be able to coexist as solutions based on different technologies can offer benefits to specific verticals.
Ultimately, industrial IoT systems are here to stay as demand for such solutions will continue to grow. The industries will continue to leverage such technologies in order to simplify data sharing and gain data-driven insights, improve industrial processes and minimize costs in the future.
This article was written by Vizma Bramane, Marketing Project Manager at SAF Tehnika. Currently she is working on development of a new IoT product line for wireless monitoring.