IIoT is not IoT

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I don’t like the Internet of Things!*  In our world, the things are different – very different.  In the Internet of Things, “things” are toasters, coffee pots, and refrigerators.  In the Industrial Internet of Things, “things” are machines, IO, and controllers that make toasters, coffee pots, and refrigerators.  So I will always say the Industrial Internet of Things when talking about our world – the industrial world.

IoT is for consumers; IIoT is for engineers.

I frankly don’t care if my milk carton ever tells my refrigerator that it’s running low so the refrigerator can add milk to my grocery list on my smart phone.

I DO care that that a valve is nearing the point of needing serviced. My PROFINET controller knows how many times it has actuated, so alerts a maintenance person on their smart phone. The valve will be serviced during the next scheduled downtime.

I DO care when somewhere on the production line a PROFINET cable breaks. Since I have a redundant ring topology, the line continues to run. But an alert is sent to the maintenance person’s smart phone with details of where the break occurred.

I used to draw IIoT as a subset of IoT, but now I think that is wrong.  IIoT and IoT are two different worlds.  Although both are built on connected things, the things are too different for one to be a subset of the other.

IoT needs some standards; IIoT has PROFINET and OPC UA standards.

The way it is:

IIoTnotIoT (Custom)

–Carl Henning

*Call this Carl’s pet peeve number 4 (the first 3 are here).

2 Responses to “IIoT is not IoT”

  1. the cynical scientist

    Carl is completely wrong in saying IIot is not a subset of IoT. People who can think in an abstract way, understand what i mean.

    Carl is speaking about the industrial world being our world, as if there is another world. The industrial world is a subset of the real world.
    Carl is speaking about things in IIoT are making coffee pots and toasters, but coffee pots and toasters are making our food.
    Carl is speaking about customers and engineers … engineers are a subset of customers.

    There are many more reasons why IIoT is a subset of IoT.

    Thought of the day: Religion is the highest level of abstract thinking.

  2. Carl Henning

    I’ve been wrong before, but I’m sticking to my premise here.

    EVERYTHING is a subset of the real world, I observe abstractedly.

    However, industrial “things” are so different from consumer “things” that I think that qualifies as a different world, or different set. Even though you could say consumer things are a subset of things and industrial things are a subset of things.

    Really, my main point is that IoT and IIoT are very different.

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