Industrial control system integrators that don’t embrace the Internet of Things will have to share the plant floor with some new competition.
It’s always interesting to hear the predictions of how many Internet of Things devices will infiltrate our environment in the future. Gartner has projected that there will be 21 billion “things” connected by 2020. And while many applications will be in the specialized vertical space—connecting medical equipment in healthcare or tracking products in container ships, for example—the majority will be consumer-oriented endpoints and cross-industry generic devices that include building management systems, HVAC and lighting.
Still, there are also many reasons for manufacturers to adopt the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). From energy management to operational efficiency and predictive maintenance, IIoT could save a company a lot of money. But manufacturers are a conservative bunch, and they can be a bit timid when it comes to upgrading to new technology. So if the industry as a whole is going to embrace this new uncharted territory, we need a champion of change.