Book Image

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

The control domain

The control domain denotes the functions taking place in edge devices that serve as industrial controls. These functions include reading data from sensors in the devices, applying rules and logic to create fine-grained closed-loop processing, and providing control over the physical system through actuators. The devices might be networked together or highly distributed and are most often distant from a centralized data store containing historical data gathered from the devices. In the Industrial Internet, they are connected via a network connection back to this central data gathering point.

The following diagram pictures devices in the field (in manufacturing plants, distribution centers, or on transit vehicles in our supply chain example), cloud-based data processing components, and business on-line transaction processing (OLTP) systems and tools. The typical primary components in the control domain are in the shaded area:

As described in Chapter 2, Architectural Approaches...