Find out which IIoT platform features are essential and access TechRepublic Premium resources that simplify your search for the ideal software.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is leading the digital transformation in sectors such as manufacturing and the automotive industry. With IIoT, companies can visualize future machine performance through predictive analytics, reduce overhead through automation, and improve processes on the fly through remote monitoring. None of this is possible without a robust technical infrastructure built on IIoT software.
If you’re working to implement IIoT in your enterprise, selecting IIoT software is critical. There are hundreds of IIoT platforms and each one is slightly different from the next, so how do you choose? These following tips and TechRepublic Premium resources can help.
5 key features of any IIoT platform
The best first step is to understand the non-negotiable features of a solid IIoT platform. If an IIoT platform does not provide the following key features, proceed with caution.
Edge computing refers to computing that is completed as close to the data source as possible, including IoT devices. This type of computing is critical because it enables real-time visibility regardless of the number of IoT devices deployed.
For example, a sensor connected to a machine on an assembly line can be monitored for performance using data at the source. If a problem is found, the sensor can alert maintenance or stop the machine in real time. Data resulting from the event can be sent to the cloud at a later time for proper analysis.
IIoT requires the use of IoT devices, including sensors, alarms, and more that can be located in heavy machinery, on moving vehicles, or in remote locations. The software should have management capabilities that allow you to access and manage each device remotely.
Remote device management allows you to push important upgrades to your devices and quickly troubleshoot when those devices go offline.
The main capability of IIoT is to collect data that can be used to improve industrial processes. However, devices and sensors collect an overwhelming amount of data every day. Understanding the data is something a human simply cannot do. Machine learning (ML) takes over, learning patterns over time and delivering insights without human intervention.
Predictive maintenance uses sensors to predict when maintenance may be required for industrial equipment. By predicting maintenance, companies can avoid costly unplanned downtime and extend the life of their equipment.
Real-time data visualization and reporting
Data visualization is the process of translating data into graphical form. Visualization allows companies to view their data and quickly extract insights from it. The result is improved efficiency when it comes to making decisions.
The IIoT platforms you’re considering should also include robust reporting tools, such as built-in, customizable reports.
Other Important Considerations About IIoT Software
As with any software implementation, you need to consider the ease of use of the platform. The software you choose should be intuitive with a short learning curve. In addition, you need to make sure that the platform fits your current tech stack. For example, it should integrate seamlessly with your legacy systems.
Another important consideration is scalability. The IIoT platform must be able to scale as you add devices and users. In addition, you should choose IIoT software that includes robust end-to-end security to protect all users and devices.
Your next step: Download this IIoT software comparison tool
The features discussed above are just the surface of what IIoT software can do. To make sure you choose the best platform for your business, you need to dig deeper.
TechRepublic’s industrial Internet of Things software comparison tool can help you with that. The TechRepublic Premium resource includes a spreadsheet that allows you to track and compare the features of any software you’re considering. The tool also includes a simple guide explaining what to look for in a new platform.
Learn more: Download this IIoT Quick Glossary
As you research IIoT vendors and test solutions, you can come face to face with technical terminology that is difficult to decipher. This handy TechRepublic Premium glossary is a useful resource to use as a reference.