INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS
RELEASE THE POWER OF IIOT & GAIN A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION ADVANTAGE!
At Triple i, we are experienced in developing and executing IIoT strategies focused on the INTEGRATION of systems and the connectivity of devices which enables digital transformation to occur – providing clients with an advantage within their industry!
By using the latest INNOVATIONS in collecting, analysing, and visualising data, we provide valuable operational INSIGHTS which have been shown to assist improvements in productivity and the successful delivery of outcomes.
INTEGRATION - INNOVATION - INSIGHT
WHAT IS IIOT?
EMBRACE SMART TECHNOLOGY & INTERCONNECTIVITY
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) refers to a network of interconnected sensors, instruments, and other devices with computers’ industrial applications such as manufacturing and energy management. They can be proprietary standalone networks, as well as broader global networks.
The defining characteristic of connected devices on IIoT networks is that they transfer data without human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Using cloud and cellular technology connected devices communicate through gateways that filter and transmit data to other devices and software applications.
The connectivity of IIoT solutions allows for data collection, exchange, and analysis, facilitating improvements in decision making as well as better visibility and control for operations within asset-intensive industries. IIoT makes available more operational and process data which provides useful, real-time information to whoever needs it, whenever they need it, wherever they are.
THE IMPORTANCE OF IIOT
ASISSTING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Industry has undergone several advancements to ensure long-term sustainability and growth within a market under constant pressures – increase quality, improve efficiencies, maintain competitiveness, guarantee safety, enforce safety, ensure sustainability, and optimise profitability. Innovative technologies in IIOT are influencing how goods are produced and delivered, setting a new standard for business performance, and enabling digital transformation.
IIoT offers a digital foundation for more efficient and effective industrial automation processes, supporting business outcomes on a wider scale as they become more responsive and adaptive to changes. The progress towards industrial automation and a flexible factory model is a move away from traditional physical infrastructures to focus on IIOT solutions such as securing wireless connectivity and utilising cloud technologies.
At Triple I, we recognise the importance of IIOT and the need for early adoption of innovative technologies for long-term sustainability. We understand that to stay relevant, operations must leverage IIoT and digitalisation to become more responsive and efficient.
We have developed original approaches in terms of big data, knowledge, product and project lifecycle, business lifecycle, and go-to-market strategies, to ensure successful business outcomes. We take advantage of IIOT’s connectedness as a technology, helping set the new standard in delivering solutions and assisting industry with digital transformation.
YOUR IIOT SOLUTIONS PARTNER
IIOT STRATEGY EXPERTS
The Industrial Internet of Things is leading in a digital transformation that enables operations to take advantage of technology and expertise better than ever before, but only if the right scalable technology strategy is matched to your business goals.
Triple i are your IIoT strategy experts, we understand access to current data is imperative for the optimum performance of your overall operations, plant, and equipment. From instrumentation sensors connected to wireless networks, to asset visualisations and AR markers, we are experts at gathering and sharing data. We can enhance asset management decisions and help improve productivity by ensuring you have the critical data when and where you need it.
Our IIoT solutions are designed fit for purpose – meaning they are created for you and your specific needs. They may involve:
- Solutions for measurement and monitoring
- Workforces upskill and training
- Solutions for measurement and monitoring
- Identifying “sources of data” and information architecture audits
- Data structure and standards development
- Data interfaces and communication drivers
- Mobility and collaborative workflows
- Change management strategies
- Plant historian connection/configuration to access historical data
- Report configuration for live and historical data
- IIoT hardware supply, configuration, and testing
- Proof of concept engineering
Our IIoT Solutions can be broken down into three areas; sensors, wireless networks and cloud technology, and visualisations and augmented reality (AR).
We have a wide range of sensors including battery and fixed installation, and new battery-less sensors, for example, motion, sound, and radio frequency (RF).
Whether standard or customised solutions are required, our sensors can be used in a variety of functions from measuring temperature and humidity to vibration and pressure, and more.
Readily available with generic input versions which allow interface to standard 4-20mA or 1-5VDC devices, we can provide solutions quickly whether retrofitting, refurbishing, or upgrading your set-up.
Our sensors are used in a diverse range of applications, including agriculture, heavy industry, water, wastewater, city-wide power metering, building management, and even people movement and product tracking.
Your systems and assets are unique, requiring specific sensor requirements. Our team can devise an IIoT strategy that caters to all your needs, ensuring you get the best performance from your operations and the vital information at each step of your processes.
Wireless Networks & Cloud Technology
If your assets including sensors are widespread and unable to connect to the existing control and monitoring infrastructure, we have the solutions for you.
At Triple I, we specialise in Low-Powered Wireless Networks (LPWAN) when connecting devises to the internet and cloud technology, ensuring your assets are always functioning, sensing and data is being shared when you need it the most.
Offering both LoRaWAN and NB-IoT network protocols, we can devise an IIoT strategy for large scale operations, transmitting data over long distances – up to 7km in open space and 2-3 km in urban areas or inside buildings.
Both network protocols are preferred for industrial applications due to their ability to transmit data over distance with accuracy and minimal impact on battery and power sources.
For more information on IIOT and related topics please see below our IIOT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Visualisation & Augmented Reality (AR)
Our team of specialists has developed systems and integrations which allow for greater access to information, and control of assets using visualisation and Augmented Reality (AR).
Viewing data, such as sensor data or asset data, in real-time can be imperative in ensuring your operations are functioning accurately. This can be achieved in several ways, one of which is through ARDI (Asset Relationship and Data Integration).
ARDI is an innovation platform enabling rapid development and deployment of real-time, contextual asset information solutions. ARDI uses IIoT technology to deliver knowledge that is convenient and easily understood when and where you need it.
Visualisation can be done in the following ways:
- Dashboard panels
- AR (Augmented Reality)
- 3D (Virtual Environments)
- 360-degree photography
- VR (Virtual Reality)
WHY CHOOSE TRIPLE I IIOT SOLUTIONS?
BENEFITS AT A GLANCE
Our IIoT solutions, including smart products and systems, are delivering transformative value for manufacturers and the industrial sector – from connected processing machinery to precision industrial plants, and every sector in between.
Benefits you can take advantage of with our IIoT Solutions include:
Increase facility production and operations by utilising assets more efficiently.
Saving time on tasks reduces your costs, particularly when it comes to breakdowns.
Access more information exactly when you need it means better decisions and faster diagnosis.
Training requirements are reduced by deploying a single system able to be used by staff with a wide range of skill levels.
Benefit the capability to track health and safety compliance. Be assured your staff works safely and in compliance with company and legislative standards.
Understand when machine parts will require repairs and how to best schedule maintenance based on monitoring analytics.
Improve worker oversight through automated processes and access to information which can help new personnel make informed decisions without omissions of historical data.
Customer - Centricity
With a focus on customer needs, our solutions are fit for purpose – meaning outcomes meet your needs and objectives.
WHAT DOES IIOT MEAN?
HOW DO IIOT SYSTEMS WORK?
In an IIoT system, sensors feed data to a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), industrial control system (ICS), or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. These systems deliver the information to an IIoT process where a function delivers information to a device.
IIoT sensor data is used to provide actionable insights into physical events and the environment. For example, an alert about equipment malfunctioning in a factory identified via a sensor recording incorrect outputs.
An IIoT system can be further broken down into IIoT protocols and standards, device management, and connectivity and networks.
WHAT ARE IIOT PROTOCOLS & STANDARDS?
IIoT standards and protocols are specific to industrial application. A network has three main layers:
- the physical layer that includes sensors and physical devices,
- the network layer that connects devices and that is the IoT or IIoT gateway,
- the application layer that delivers the data.
Components in these layers are managed by specialised protocols and standards, for example regarding infrastructure (IPv4/IPv6, RPL, QUIC), communications (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LPWAN, NFC, Zigbee, DigiMesh), data (MQTT, CoAP, AMQP, SMCP, XMPP, LLAP, REST, SOAP), devices (TR-069, OMA-DM, OMA LwM2M), and security (OTrP, X.509).
The main types of communication and connectivity protocols used by networks are cellular, Wi-Fi, LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network), and Bluetooth.
The range for communication signals can vary a lot, depending on whether there are obstructions between a signal and a device, and the protocol used:
- Cellular technologies (GSM 3G/4G/5G) range is 30-200km, but its wide application range comes at a high price.
- Wi-Fi provides fast data transfers over shorter distances between 50-100m.
- Zigbee is used for industrial applications. It is a low-power, low-data-transmission network with a range between 10-100m.
- Bluetooth uses the Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE), or Bluetooth Smart protocol for IoT applications. Bluetooth devices are divided into three classes with range between 1-100m.
- LoRaWAN can support millions of low-powers connected devices, for example in a smart city system with a range of range of 2-15km.
On IIoT networks, Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) is a common standard that manages the data flow between sensors and applications. Data Distribution Service (DDS) is a standard that supports high-performance machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, which are the point-to-point connections between devices.
HOW ARE IIOT DEVICES MANAGED?
Basic IIoT device management tasks includes verifying the authenticity of registered devices, resetting, and reconfiguring devices, diagnosing software bugs and operational irregularities, updating software, suggesting maintenance schedules, and monitoring data usage and uptime.
The latest trend in device management is to include context-aware functionalities in traditional device management solutions. Context-aware recommender systems (CARS) help users to make decisions about how their devices operate based on various scenarios.
Context-aware rules of operation can help to define how a device is used in the real world. A device that is used in a particular context, for example remotely or in a building, can be configured to send an alert under adverse conditions specific to its state.
One example is when a device requires location information to operate. When a device is unable to use GPS, its predefined state – in this case, one that requires GPS functionality – will alert users that it is unable to operate as expected.
HOW DOES DEVICE CONNECTIVITY WORK?
Some of the functions of device connectivity and network management include limiting data usage, suppressing data where necessary, providing usage measurements and alerts, customising content, securing content, limiting access to business-critical information, and allowing custom features based on roles.
IoT devices, IIoT devices, and sensors communicate through a gateway that allows them to share data over a network, either device-to-device or device-to-cloud. A smartphone, wearable, factory robot, and heart pacemaker all communicate differently. The gateway enables the communication between devices that use different types of protocols. A gateway also reduces the range over which a sensor needs to communicate because it can forward sensor data directly to a device that is out of a sensor’s immediate range.
The concept of edge computing is central to IoT and IIoT gateways. IIoT systems process large amounts of data from many sources across remote locations. Using edge data modelling, critical data in an IIoT system is pre-processed and filtered at the gateway. This helps to prevent bottlenecks.
WHAT IS LPWAN, LORAWAN AND NB-IOT?
LPWANs are a type of wireless telecommunication wide area network designed to allow long-range communications at a low bit rate among things (connected objects), such as sensors operated on a battery. It allows us to design IIoT systems for applications that require devices to send small amounts of data periodically over often-remote networks that span large distances and use battery-powered devices that need to last many years.
LoRaWAN is a low power IIoT protocol that comprises the LoRa radio technology, allowing for an open, reliable, and economical network deployment. By contrast, NB-IoT is a licensed LTE radio technology offering low latency and strong security at a steeper price point.
Both Network protocols are popular due to their ability to transmit data over distance with accuracy and minimal impact on battery and power sources.
How does it work?
Gateway communication devices are used to convert the data into ethernet and securely transmit the data to the LoRa server and the internet, either via 4G, Wi-Fi, NBN or even satellite.
Data is then accessed via secure cloud-based services like Amazon IoT, Azure IoT or Google Pub/Sub, allowing visualisation and further analysis of this information using various platforms, including ARDI (Asset Relationships and Data Integration) and our in-house platform AIMS (Asset Information Management System).