RESEARCH PAPER: Connecting with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

This paper continues the Internet of Things (IoT) market segmentation Moor Insights & Strategy started in the previous research. note, Behaviorally Segmenting the Internet of Things (IoT).  Here we compare the Industrial IoT (IIoT) and the Human IoT (HIoT) at and near their end-points.  Our comparison highlights near-term IIoT brownfield opportunities.

Executive Summary                                                     

The primary difference between IIoT and HIoT over the next few years is that the IIoT will incorporate over a century of existing, brownfield infrastructure (deployed mechanical and digital systems ready to be connected) while HIoT is an emerging set of greenfield services and technologies that must build infrastructure as it grows. Designing for IIoT requires deep understanding of solution spaces and an ability to connect systems manufactured many decades apart.  IIoT favors solutions vendors such as DIGI, Echelon, and Freescale, who have solid roots in the industrial control world.  HIoT favors fast moving prototyping driven by leaps of faith in user experience (UX) and device design, exemplified by the Maker community in particular.  The concept of “good enough” does not apply in the industrial world.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • What’s the Difference?
  • Why End-Point Connectivity Matters
  • State of IIoT End-Point Connectivity
  • Conclusion
  • Important Information About This Paper
  • Figure 1: IoT Segments by IIoT and HIoT
  • Figure 2: Gateway Function in IoT
  • Table 1: Near-term end-point differences between IIoT and HIoT
  • Table 2: Availability vs. Unavailability
  • Table 3: Selected Industrial Network and Communications Standards

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