Although there has been a lot of talk about the Internet of Things lately, there are only a few solutions that are really useful, cost-effective, and capable of effectively managing the integration of existing devices or the addition of new ones. As technology is fast evolving it is even more necessary to have flexible, scalable and easily integrated solution to tackle projects involving interconnected industrial devices.
The Internet of Things has gone beyond the limited use of previous technology by providing extensive public network connections over the Internet and light, bi-directional and firewall-friendly protocol coverage. The combination of these two factors create better opportunities in every sector, especially concerning industrial applications where data exchange between plant devices and machinery can yield great benefits, as defined by Industry 4.0.
What does a good IIoT project need?
To start with you need to have a clear picture of what to communicate before going ahead with designing a IIoT project. In order to do this certain aspects must be taken into consideration.
When dealing with plant systems that already exist, it is more than likely that the data to be exchanged is already contained in the different plant devices. Therefore, you will need to know where to find this data before sending it to the Internet. Once the data has been found, you will need to use gateways that are compatible with the existing devices’ protocols in question in order to get it sent to the Internet successfully. Once recieved on the Internet, it can then be published by using the appropriate IoT protocols.
Conversely, if the data you need to exchange is non-existent, you will need to create it by implementing sensors or I/O devices that are capable of directly communicating within the world of IoT or collect the physical values and publish them within the IoT environment.
If it is a simple matter of exchanging data from one device to another, you will only need to use gateways that read and write data as required by the type of operation being handled.
On the other hand, if you need to collect, monitor, historically log and process data from various devices, you will need a IoT Platform to manage the incoming data with specific tools to record it on DB or in the Cloud. The data can then be displayed directly on dashboards and screens in realtime or manipulated with analytical tools and shown on Reports or Charts.
So, if you are planning to use Industrial IoT projects, the Progea technology is just what you need. Our solution offerings are at the forefront of innovation and based on technologies specifically developed for the Internet of Things.