The IIoT Times’ Mission: Define The Industrial Internet of Things

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The goal of The IIoT Times is to define the industrial Internet of Things.

The IIoT in a way is too big for its own good. It is a huge topic both horizontally (the industries, government sectors, etc. it encompasses) and vertically (the stacks and silos of functionality–from sensors to management suites–necessary to make it work). Nobody is sure where it begins and ends (Is it part of the IoT or a separate entity?). It is comprised overlaps with other emerging technologies that also are confusing (cloud, M2M, big data, etc.).

In other words, it’s a mess, definition-wise.

It’s also a moving target. As of right now, the mandate of The IIoT Times is to answer these questions:

  • What is the IIoT?
  • Is it a subset, super set or discreet from the consumer IoT?
  • What technologies comprise the IIoT?
  • What companies offer these technologies?
  • What standards drive the IIoT?
  • What companies, organizations and consortia created and advocate for these standards?
  • How do the standards compete/cooperate with each other?
  • What vertical industries use the IIoT?
  • How do they use it?

The site and newsletter will use a mix of charts, graphics and spreadsheets to answer these and other questions.

Buyers’ guides and a list of important IIoT people also will be a part of this project. I invite everyone to send me information about themselves and their organization. I’ll post more on that soon. n the meantime, pls. feel free to contact me at carlw@iiottimes.com with ideas and suggestions.

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Is it the IIoT and the IoT — Or Just the IoT?

helloThe most interesting IIoT-related item that I saw today comes from a story at Tech.eu. It’s a profile of Marcus Weldon, the CTO of Alcatel-Lucent. Fortune’s Stacey Higginbotham picked out the important comment, from an IIoT point of view. So this passage is both from the original piece — which was written by Robin Wauters — and from Higginbotham’s:

Interestingly, while Weldon says IoT will become the lifeblood of the new enterprise, he believes the consumer IoT is largely overblown. His exact words: “IoT is about enterprise, not about consumer.”

Calling devices like FitBit and the Apple Watch “cute” and “curiosities” but “not transformative”, Weldon said he personally “doesn’t really believe in consumer IoT in the same way others do” and that he believes the impact of IoT technology on enterprises will be far greater.

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Is ‘The IIoT’ a Real Thing, a Vague Umbrella–Or Both?

umbrellasThere is a big problem in the Industrial Internet of Things. It is very clear as I attempt to write about it. I am sure that the difficulty is even more apparent for folks trying to plan products and services for the IIoT.

The problem is focus. The salient question is simple: What is the Industrial Internet of Things?

The topic is basic and complex. The secondary questions offer a bit of context: Is the IIoT so pervasive and broad that it defies any real definition? Is it a real thing in and of itself, or just an umbrella term for technologies aimed at creating industrial-grade non-human communications meshes?

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The IIoT and Utilities: Nothing is More Important Than Security

powerThe term Internet of Things is new. The Industrial IoT is even newer. However, the issues they bring are old. On June 30th, Dark Reading posted a commentary from McAfee executive Lorie Wigle, who pointed security concerns must not be allowed to obstruct the great benefits the IIoT can bring to the industrial systems.

She is right, of course. It won’t be easy. The utilities industry is a good example of the challenges that are faced. In many cases, the network architecture in power plants was established before the plants were regionally or nationally interconnected, before the Internet was used by industry and before hacking and cracking emerged as a problem. There was no reason to segregate mission-critical data.

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Job One: Updating Existing Infrastructure

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The Industrial Internet of Things is a big thing. That’s an awkward sentence, but a very true statement. Big changes, however, come with a built-in challenge: They generally aim to replace or change a technology or procedure that is firmly established.

This certainly is true of the IIoT. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ David Mount writes at the company blog that the “existing capital stock” – industrial stuff that’s been deployed, in other words – in the U.S. is worth about $6.8 trillion.

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