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IIoT vs IoT | How IIoT Different Than IoT

IIoT (Industrial Internet Of Things) vs IoT(Internet Of Things)

In our previous article we tried to explain our readers about the term “Industrial IoT” or IIoT, its benefits and some key aspects related to IIoT.

Now, moving further with this topic, we would to clear the main difference between IIoT and IoT.

“IoT is revolution while IIoT is evolved”

IoT is simple terms can be expressed as smart objects which can be anything like self-driving cars, smart home appliances, watches, smartphones, camera and various other devices. These devices have integrated technologies like AI, Machine Learning, Data analytics and so on.

IIot vs Iot


With the help of these technologies, the devices at your home, workplace or just your smart phone connects to the internet and share data among themselves.

Such devices have now become more sophisticated to act according to our physical world. New devices with common network connectivity is being launched frequently to meet with the daily needs of the consumers. Thus, the consumers of the smart devices can have a new revolutionized way of living and working.

So, IoT means connecting the physical world to the world of digitalisation.

However, the fundamentals behind the Industrial IoT is not new, it existed and was planned many years ago. The basics of the IIoT approach is remote access, challenging environments, machine-to-machine communication and merging industry IT with the enterprise IT.

In Industrial IoT, the concept of connecting devices and machines existing already and now is just been evolved with the upgraded technologies of IoT. With these technologies, the industries can now be more connected and can share far huge amount of data which is called “Big data”. To know all the benefits of IIoT read this article.

If a smart light or smart TV at our home breaks down, then we can buy another one, it will not hamper or affect our lives too much. But in Industrial world, it is much critical, as if any connectivity breaks down, then it can hamper the whole manufacturing process in every field. There are various challenges faced here like security, data integrity, process, and response time. So to overcome such challenges, now more and more machines are being upgraded with the latest IoT technologies.

The vendors are selling the machines and industrial applications are being developed, so that the industries can improve their supply chain visibility, less risky, cost-effective, smarter and requires less human intervention.

Main Concept About IIoT and IoT

Both IoT and IIoT are based on a key concept that is “connected devices” which can communicate and share data together. Thus, making the devices talk to each other and respond.
The difference in both is that, the IoT is more consumer oriented that benefits the common people and end users.
And IIoT is industrial oriented that helps the industries to manage their manufacturing process, monitor supply chain and make the overall management system a transparent one.

IIoT Implementation

IIoT makes use of Industrial applications, protocols and sophisticated devices to establish M2M communication within the manufacturing work frame. This not only extends the overall manufacturing process, but also makes the existing machines smarter with automated controls and makes the supply chain monitoring more broader and transparent.
While, IoT on the other hand is focused on developing smart devices that can improve the living standards of consumers. The smart devices can interact with humans and respond to the commands like Amazon Alexa, Google Home are the voice assistant which connects to the smart home hubs and can be fully controlled by voice. Even if you are not at home, you can control the appliances at your home and get real-time alerts of your front door camera.

Degree of Impact

IIoT is far more huge in terms of data sharing, controls, analytics and handling critical situations like location and climate based challenges. Thus, it requires more complex devices, sensors and software tools that can handle the whole manufacturing process and the supply chain mechanism.

IIoT includes high risk fields including aerospace, defence, agriculture, healthcare and energy. If anything goes outside the control then, a situation of emergency can arrive. Thus, IIoT involves high-risk impact.
On the other hand, IoT uses simple devices, sensors and cloud to share the data among the devices. It comes under low-risk impact.

Cost Impact

Also, in terms of cost, IIoT is much more expensive as it requires high volume of data sharing, sensitive devices, sensors and more sophisticated industrial applications. Whereas, day-by-day various IoT technology based devices are being introduced by various companies, so it less expensive.

With more and understanding of IoT technology, industries and consumers will both be benefited. More and more industries are now implementing IIoT to give a broader and smarter way of manufacturing and supply chain management. Also, consumers and end-users are switching towards the world of smart objects and devices to improve their way of living.

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