Coursera, University of Michigan, M.S. Kishnan, Dr. Annie Zeng, Coursera
Topics: Device, Industry, IoT, Advanced Sensing, Communication Technology
A discussion is opened and spoken of, where the broad understanding from individuals, users, and developers explains the concepts of the Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT. Although an excellent way to start is to understand the Internet of Things, or IoT, to help describe what is being explained because many individuals and users use the term IoT. But many users do not want to call out the technology. Let’s take an average thermostat at an individual’s home or apartment as an example. If people wanted to know the temperature in the living room, individuals would just use a thermometer, and the thermostat may read 70 or whatever the number is. So nowadays, if individuals want to know the temperature, the temperature is read in a similar manner. Of course, it is technologically advanced. This device is more ingenious than just a thermometer; but the device also has a sensor that can measure the temperature. By making this sensor bright and shine extensively, what individuals do is connect the reading from that thermometer to something more intelligent, could be an algorithm, could be something else that can be leveraged to control the temperature of the room. Therefore, individuals have this device connected when people have the capability to link this information to the Internet. Now there is that little thing called the Internet of Things, not things yet. Although individuals and users have a number of those sensors, the term IoT comes into birth. Individuals do not have to sit in a room to know the temperature. People can just as quickly be in the next room to check the temperature of their home or even be across the globe if desired. So, if developers spin this concept into manufacturing, it is really about the same process and technology. There are so many manufacturing plants in the industry, and each plant for each company runs its own thing. Many plants might not use thermometers, but if plants ever use a thermometer or any sensors of that nature, regardless of the sensor, plants will be able to connect sensors through a smart device to the Internet and eventually be accessible from anywhere. This is probably the easiest way to understand what IIoT is. This is an industrial use of the Internet of Things. There is always more of a target toward the IoT manufacturing industry or any other industry type of usage.