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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 speed layer and field gateways

Earlier in this chapter, we pictured a speed layer in our architecture consisting of an IoT hub and/or event hub(s) serving as a cloud gateway and a streaming analytics engine. A cloud gateway is paired with a field gateway at the edge, or the cloud gateway will sometimes communicate directly with the smart devices themselves.

Some organizations deploy the speed layer on-premises instead of in the cloud to be located close to their existing batch layer systems. If transmission of data occurs to a central on-premises location, the gateway architecture would be similar, except an on-premises gateway would be pictured in our earlier diagram instead of the cloud gateway. This is especially common in organizations that built Industrial Internet solutions prior to public clouds gaining in popularity and the functionality required for these types of solutions.

Field gateways gather event data at the edge from smart devices and sensors. They are usually sized based...