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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

The Industrial Internet's impact on society

The popular press tends to focus on many of the potentially negative outcomes from next-generation technologies in general and Industrial Internet projects specifically. Privacy and security challenges and the danger of cyberwars targeting industrial production are raised as concerns. Such forums also call attention to potential job loss for workers possessing skills that are no longer in demand and accountability and liability challenges in IIoT implementations. While some of these concerns can be mitigated through proper architecture planning, other challenges being raised go well beyond the technology considerations.

Such challenges can cause a company to hesitate in pursuing IIoT projects. As an architect interested in moving such projects forward, you should be aware of potential concerns and objections and prepare responses and steps to mitigate them where possible.

While some think tanks and organizations call attention only to the potentially...