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Architecting the Industrial Internet

By : Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano
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Architecting the Industrial Internet

By: Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano

Overview of this book

The Industrial Internet or the IIoT has gained a lot of traction. Many leading companies are driving this revolution by connecting smart edge devices to cloud-based analysis platforms and solving their business challenges in new ways. To ensure a smooth integration of such machines and devices, sound architecture strategies based on accepted principles, best practices, and lessons learned must be applied. This book begins by providing a bird's eye view of what the IIoT is and how the industrial revolution has evolved into embracing this technology. It then describes architectural approaches for success, gathering business requirements, and mapping requirements into functional solutions. In a later chapter, many other potential use cases are introduced including those in manufacturing and specific examples in predictive maintenance, asset tracking and handling, and environmental impact and abatement. The book concludes by exploring evolving technologies that will impact IIoT architecture in the future and discusses possible societal implications of the Industrial Internet and perceptions regarding these projects. By the end of this book, you will be better equipped to embrace the benefits of the burgeoning IIoT.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Asset tracking and handling

Another popular area for Industrial Internet applications is the broad area of asset tracking and optimized handling of tools and resources. Throughout this book, we describe various aspects of supply chain optimization and IIoT. Here, we'll look at simply tracking the assets first. We'll describe typical use cases in baggage and cargo handling and in tracking tools used in manufacturing.

In addition to relevancy in transportation and manufacturing, these applications have relevancy in other industries such as healthcare and agriculture. The impact of deploying these solutions can include improved productivity, customer satisfaction, quality of products, and safety, all with significant impact on the business.

Baggage and cargo handling

Travelers can readily relate to problems caused by missing baggage or baggage that arrives late at a destination. According to The Baggage Report by SITA (2017), about 22 million bags were mishandled in 2016 globally. This translates...