Industrial Internet of Things

date: 9 February 2016
reading time: 3 min

Internet of Things began to flourish in recent years and since then it is quite hard to surprise us. Nonetheless, it happens. Let us take the example of the Industrial Internet of Things – IoT’s bigger sister.

The older, the wiser – Industrial IoT is all about very important, sometimes life-saving, devices that can help us in case of threatening scenarios. Whereas IoT itself is now considered more commercial, involving things that make our lives better on the consumer level.

As you can see, one cannot exist without the other.

Read on to find out more about extraordinary examples of Industrial IoT:

Smart windmills – right now windmills’ work is based on sensors. What does it mean? In case of any damages, they can communicate with each other to receive the necessary support. Thanks to these interactions, valuable data is updated continuously, giving people constant access to their goings-on and processes. Additionally, these sensors adjust windmills’ activities based on wind speed, weather, and other environmental factors.

Smart cars – modern cars are to be equipped with a feature that seems to be inevitable to keep us safe. We are talking about the brakes, which are bound to automatically react whenever they sense an obstacle on the road. Most car systems will be equipped with ones with very short reaction time.

Smart patient monitoring systems – we have already mentioned these devices in our past blog post. However, they will get fancier and more functional. Right now, these systems are able to monitor patients’ movements, potential falls, heart rate, and (even) medicines intake. In the future, they are supposed to be extremely accurate.

Smart masks – workers at refineries are to wear special masks that will keep them safe. They use wireless gas detectors that minimise people’s exposure to gasses. Also, masks help to monitor employees’ location and are equipped with handy ‘panic buttons’. What is more, they benefit not only the individuals, but can also take care of the entire enterprise and e.g. alarm if the safe gas-level is surpassed.

Smart machine operating – flexible factories? They do exist. Workers do not have to be physically present on the site, since they are equipped with tablets and receive updates on the production process and any potential malfunctions that can be solved remotely. This enables to run a lot of devices at once and to be (literally) in two different places at once.

As you can see, even though Industrial IoT is quite a recent phenomenon, it has always been there. Differentiation between Industrial IoT and IoT is crucial to keep their development going. And if the growth continues to be this vivid, in a few years we may be saying ‘Hi’ to Jetsons family. However, jokes aside, technology is really going in the right direction to make our lives better.

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