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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

Using PoCs to evaluate design

The PoC enables the demonstration of technical feasibility to deliver business value for an IIoT solution. A PoC is carried out on a smaller scale than a production system, giving the project team this opportunity to work out technical issues at a reduced cost and risk. It also provides an ecosystem for the various viewpoints to discuss and form an agreement about the business values and technical solutions.

Scope definition

The scope for the POC must be clearly defined and agreed upon. The success and eventual acceptance of the IIoT solution is not only dependent on the technology, but on how well the solution fulfills the business goals. Therefore, the business viewpoint is the predominant factor in defining the scope. The PoC should focus on demonstrating the business value, not necessarily the technology itself. In the early stage of defining the scope, stakeholders and managers from all viewpoints bring their concerns and desired business outcome and agree...