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Operational Technology in the Industrial Internet of Things

Operational Technology (OT) constitutes the longstanding systems dedicated to controlling industrial processes, encompassing traditional technologies like Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). In contrast, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) represents a contemporary integration of IoT technologies into industrial settings, emphasizing real-time data exchange and connectivity. While OT has a broader scope and historical significance, IIoT signifies a more recent evolution, leveraging smart devices and sensors to enhance efficiency, data analytics, and decision-making in industrial operations. The key distinction lies in the broader, historical context of OT versus the modern, interconnected focus of IIoT, which harnesses the latest advancements in technology to optimize industrial processes.

Digital IIoT HMI (Human-Machine Interface) encompasses a wide range of systems, sensors, and connected devices that contribute to the evolution of IIoT. The main focus lies in enhancing human interaction with machines and processes for improved efficiency and monitoring.

Inductive Automation "Ignition" IIoT HMI is an end-to-end IIoT solution that combines the amazing efficiency of the MQTT data-transfer protocol with the unlimited data acquisition and development power of the Ignition industrial application platform. MQTT is a lightweight, publish-subscribe, machine to machine network protocol for message queue/message queuing service. Revolutionize your industrial operations with increased connectivity and better data. Ignition's IIoT solution connects enterprise hardware and software all the way from edge devices to the cloud. It also collects more data to feed advanced analytics like machine learning and artificial intelligence that maximize production and minimize downtime.

Types of systems: Various IIoT HMI systems play crucial roles across diverse applications, including access control, air quality monitoring, asset tracking, doorbell cameras, environmental monitoring, medical wearables, predictive maintenance, real-time diagnostics, remote patient monitoring, security cameras, shopping experience enhancement, smart appliances, smart cameras, smart energy meters, smart lighting systems, smart locks, smart parking systems, smart streetlights, smart thermostats, vehicle tracking, waste management, water quality monitoring, and weather conditions analysis through weather stations.

Types of sensors: Sensors are integral components in IIoT HMI, providing real-time data for decision-making. These include accelerometers, biometric sensors for fingerprint and facial recognition, gas sensors, GPS sensors, humidity sensors, image sensors, infrared (IR) sensors, light sensors, motion sensors, pressure sensors, proximity sensors, sound sensors, temperature sensors, and vibration sensors.

Connected devices: The growth of connected devices within IIoT is remarkable. According to a report by IoT Analytics, the global number of connected devices in IIoT reached 21.5 billion in 2020, with projections anticipating an increase to 35.3 billion by 2025. These figures highlight the rapid expansion of IIoT, indicating its pervasive influence across industries. It's noteworthy that other estimates suggest even higher numbers, emphasizing the dynamic nature of this technological landscape.

The report highlights key industries propelling the growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), encompassing:

These industries collectively underscore the versatility and impact of IIoT across various sectors, showcasing its role in revolutionizing processes and driving advancements.

Alexicon collaborates with leading providers to deliver comprehensive solutions for IIoT hardware, software, connectivity, and cloud services. Connect with us to delve deeper into the possibilities. Elevate your understanding of IIoT capabilities with Alexicon.

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