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Will IT and OT Converge?

IT and OT, Information and Operational Technology, have grown up separately. Yet now they may be learning to live under one roof.

Value Propositions for Industrial IoT

Among all the fanfare and hoopla over the Industrial IoT, the more practical-minded among us quietly but persistently raise the question, “So, where’s the value?” It’s a fair question. The IoT represents a new area of influence for industrial automation. Before embarking on such a venture, it’s good to have some idea what the benefits may be.

Fitting In with Industrial IoT

Industrial systems are like snowflakes–every one is unique. Each facility, factory, pipeline, or power plant relies on a wide range of machines, tools, and sensors, using proprietary and home-grown software and data protocols. Industrial IoT should connect to any of these with a minimum of fuss. It should be compatible with multiple data protocols and legacy systems, and integrate seamlessly with future hardware and software. Like putting on a new suit, the ideal is to ease into the IoT without disrupting anything.

Top Performance for Industrial IoT

The Industrial IoT is different from the regular IoT. Mission-critical industrial systems are not like consumer or business IT applications. Performance is crucial. Most IT systems are built around a relational database, a repository of data that clients can add to or access, where a response time of a second or two is acceptable. IT data is typically sent across a network via HTML or XML, which adds complexity to the raw data, and consumes bandwidth. Although fine for office or home use, these technologies are not sufficient for the Industrial IoT.