Internet of Things (IoT) not only penetrated our everyday life but it also penetrated industries and businesses and we call this industrial manifestation of IOT as IIOT. Obviously the connected environment at home with few gadgets connected on a IoT platform differs a lot from the industrial IOT comprising several niches including manufacturing, consumer, agriculture, healthcare, and utilities. In spite of having a lot of mutual similarities like the use of sensors, cloud technology and connectivity IOT and IIOT have serious differences as well.
Let us have a look at the key differences between IoT and Industrial IoT that any IOT development company should give importance to.
- Device And Data Security
While security is crucial for any type of IoT solutions, when it comes to industrial IoT security solutions, they need to be even more precise and effective. Industries deal with production and marketing data that involves millions of dollars investment and naturally stake is very high in regard to security. IIoT solutions come with a wide spectrum of most sophisticated and advanced security measures, including full proof system architectures to custom developed chipsets to specialised encryption and authentication.
To scale up to the burgeoning volume of users and user needs is a crucial requirement for IOT solutions. IIOT systems capable to support thousands of purposefully designed apps, controllers, robots and machinery can easily scale up their capacity seamlessly. They can easily support hundreds if new sensors at times of need. This scalability to meet the burgeoning needs is a crucial attribute of IIOT.
Home gadgets connected on an Internet of Things platform do not require to deliver decimal-level accuracy with data output. On the other hand, industrial and enterprise operations need absolute precision with the output as even minor deflection involves a fairly large financial implication. Besides, every industry has robust quality assurance process to ensure this accuracy and industrial IOT only needs to fit this requirement.
Industrial processes often require additional support for new processes and they need to be reconfigured every time new process is in place. This is why industrial IOT should be absolutely programmable and customisable offering optimum support, adaptability and flexibility for new operations.
Industrial gadgets and equipments are generally not replaced frequently apart from facing absolute need. In most times, they must be reliable systems for long term operation without glitches. Even some industrial systems with minor custom additions and servicing run for years in a row. So, the gadgets and equipments representing a industrial IOT should be built with optimum reliability and performance assurance.
- Supporting Automation
While bringing in a new connected device at home do not require your place to boast of an IOT platform, industrial IoT systems often need to work in a highly automated environment. Complying with such automated environment and capability to adapt to the connected environment is a key requirement for IOT gadgets.
Lastly, industrial systems remain alive and working for years in a row and they often go through most harsh handling and working environments. On the other hand, they involve huge investments as well. Naturally, industrial systems should be absolutely serviceable unlike their domestic counterparts.