Exploring Top Trends In Industrial IoT

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 30, 2015


The Internet of Things is fast becoming a significant part of consumer as well as enterprise IT. With increasing connected devices, the mobile Internet encourages innovation and inspires researchers to think beyond faster data and greater capacity.

Managing the complexity of data to derive relevant value is turning into business strategy.

According to National Instruments Trend Watch, the provider of solutions that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, the trends for 2015 range from the industrialization of the Internet of Things (IoT) to the growth impact of the maker movement.  

Jayaram Pillai, Managing Director, National Instruments- India, Russia & Arabia, “IoT promises to revolutionise the engineering world. We see Graphical system design platform playing a significant role in enabling the industrial IoT.”

NI Trend Watch 2015 covers trends in these areas:

5G: The Internet for Everyone and Everything –  New networks, referred to as 5G, may unleash enormous economic potential. 5G targets peak data rates per user in the range of 10 Gb/s (over 1,000X 4G). To provide a frame of reference, a user can download an HD video in 40 minutes using the highest speed networks in good conditions. With 5G, a user can download this same video in a matter of seconds. 

Recently, Ericsson and IBM have announced a collaboration to jointly research phased-array antenna designs for 5G. Advanced antennas will help support more mobile devices, as well as increase the data capacity of each device, say researchers.

Testing challenges of tomorrow

Gartner estimates there will soon be more connected devices than humans on the planet, and by 2022 each household could contain more than 500 connected devices. For the testing challenges of tomorrow, traditional automated test equipment (ATE) falls short. When Tesla Motors discovered that its car was riding a little too close to the ground at higher speeds, it did not force a recall; instead, Tesla sent out an over-the-air firmware update to stiffen the suspension of the car at higher speeds.

Test engineers need smart ATE for the smart devices of the IoT. But as companies innovate and rapidly evolve the functionality of their devices, they need a smarter ATE platform that can productively scale with that innovation.

Improving industrial performance

The IIoT is a vast number of connected industrial systems that are communicating and coordinating their data analytics and actions to improve industrial performance and benefit society as a whole. This challenge becomes even more daunting and complex when comparing the requirements of the industrial internet to those of the consumer internet. Both involve connecting devices and systems all across the globe, but the IIoT adds stricter requirements to its local networks for latency, determinism, and bandwidth. When dealing with precision machines that can fail if timing is off by a millisecond, adhering to strict requirements becomes pivotal to the health and safety of the machine operators, the machines, and the business.

The Impact of the Maker Movement

The Internet is fueling a massive maker community. As the maker movement continues to grow, it is important to assess the impact it will have on innovation, economic growth and future generations.