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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 information domain

Though some data collection and analysis can take place in the control domain to actuate immediate responses in the edge devices, a much broader and larger data collection and analysis repository is established in the information domain. Here, data can be gathered from multiple control domain locations and from business domain data sources to enable better business operations decision making and to optimize business processes.

In our example, the information domain could be deployed adjacent to control domains in manufacturing plants and distribution centers or on mobile equipment or platforms. The information domain is more commonly established in a central repository in the public cloud or on-premises with the ability also to gather data from back-office business applications.

The following diagram illustrates the information domain in the public cloud as represented by the shaded area:

Several data-related operations take place in this domain, including the following...