What Does IoT Do For Industrial Automation?
The Internet of Things (IoT) describes a phenomenon where more and more IoT devices are connected to the Internet, such as smart homes, smart fridges, and industrial manufacturing machines. These interconnected smart devices are significant in enabling automation across industries.
To understand the difference between the growth of IoT from non-IoT devices (non-IoT devices include PC, mobile phone, tablets, laptops, or landlines), in 2010, the total active non-IoT connections was 8 bn devices, compared to only 0.8 bn IoT devices. Estimates predict that by 2025, non-IoT device connections will grow by only 2 bn, reaching approximately 10.3 bn, whereas, in the same time, IoT device connections will exceed 38.6 bn. A dizzying growth rate that has been in tandem with the adoption of automation practices.
It is difficult to separate IoT and automation because automation has been a tremendous driver for IoT devices as it has given applicable purpose to many IoT technologies. Industrial devices like sensors, connectors, actuators, IoT gateways, interfaces, motion controllers, lightbulbs, locks, etc., today, have the capability to share information about their condition and performance, while offering remote access and control. Combined with cloud computing and advanced data analytics, automation IoT software can manage these devices and learn to adapt accordingly to accommodate new ones as necessary.