Industrial IoT (IIoT) is the application of IoT technologies in industrial settings, such as manufacturing plants, oil rigs, and power plants. IIoT is used to connect industrial equipment, sensors, and other devices to the internet, enabling real-time data collection and analysis, as well as remote monitoring and control of industrial processes.
The history of IIoT dates back to the early days of automation in industry, when the first programmable logic controllers (PLCs) were introduced in the 1960s. These early automation systems were used to control and monitor industrial processes, but they were mostly stand-alone systems that operated independently of each other.
In the 1990s, the concept of “smart factories” emerged, in which automation systems were integrated with computer systems to enable real-time data collection and analysis. This led to the development of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems, which were used to remotely monitor and control industrial processes.
In the early 2000s, the emergence of IoT technologies opened up new possibilities for IIoT. With the increasing availability of low-cost sensors and wireless communication technologies, it became possible to connect a wide range of industrial devices to the internet and collect real-time data on their performance.
Today, IIoT is a rapidly growing field that is transforming many industries, from manufacturing and logistics to energy and agriculture. By enabling real-time data collection and analysis, IIoT is helping companies improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase productivity, while also providing new insights into industrial processes that were previously difficult to monitor and control.