As we look ahead in 2017, there is an important issue we need to address first: most firms need to catch up to the technology opportunities available today. Enthusiasm and the potential benefits of IIoT are not being realized by many end users, with the opportunity still ahead of them, instead of being already recognized in bottom-line results.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has progressed from dream to hype to reality. Today, the basic deployment scenarios of the IIoT solutions we implement for our end user manufacturing customers include:
Greenfield deployments, which are primarily found in “smart” solutions related to advanced monitoring and visibility
Brownfield upgrades, which are the introduction of IIoT technologies and approaches to existing facilities to expand asset and process visibility and analytics
New asset-monitoring services from vendors who are leveraging IIoT to provide remote predictive analytics capabilities for their assets installed at customer sites.