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Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

(Salem, Massachusetts - ROC (Taiwan) Student Association of MIT)




The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) refers to interconnected sensors, instruments, and other devices networked together with computers' industrial applications, including manufacturing and energy management. This connectivity allows for data collection, exchange, and analysis, potentially facilitating improvements in productivity and efficiency as well as other economic benefits. The IIoT is an evolution of a distributed control system (DCS) that allows for a higher degree of automation by using cloud computing to refine and optimize the process controls.

The Industrial Internet of Things is a subcategory of the Internet of Things (IoT), which also includes consumer-facing applications such as wearable devices, smart home technology, and self-driving cars. Sensor-embedded devices, machines, and infrastructure that transmit data via the Internet and are managed by software are the hallmark of both concepts. For any business that deals with the production and/or transportation of physical goods, IIoT can create game-changing operational efficiencies and present entirely new business models.

The IIoT is enabled by technologies such as cybersecurity, cloud computing, edge computing, mobile technologies, machine-to-machine, 3D printing, advanced robotics, big data, Internet of Things, RFID technology, and cognitive computing.

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