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Architecting the Industrial Internet

By : Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano
Book Image

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

Chapter 11. A Vision of the Future

In Chapter 1, The Industrial Internet Revolution, we described the evolution of today's Industrial Internet. Over the past decade, the pace of introduction of smarter edge devices and the ability to analyze massive amounts of data have greatly increased. New IIoT backend infrastructure deployments more frequently take place in flexible and highly scalable public clouds.

However, today's architecture remains complex and requires a broad mix of skills to properly design and implement a solution. Security holes exposed in incompletely planned architectures or poorly implemented solutions can be and have been exploited. The task of creating a viable and sustainable IIoT architecture is challenging.

In this closing chapter, we will describe some of the technological changes and advancements that we believe could impact IIoT architecture in the future and will provide answers to some of these challenges. Many of these recent advancements were substantial, so you...