Often used as a catch-all term for a range of technologies and applications, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is at its core about bringing devices and people via internet connections. These can take the form of software platforms which provide sales people the ability instantly configure individualised solutions while on the road, speaking with clients.
Alternatively, manufacturers are now creating equipment that can be used in the field, and then communicates to headquarters via 3G or 4G connections, allowing new business models based on services, rather than products. Explosives manufacturing company Orica, for example, has enabled its explosive delivery vehicles communicate via the internet to ensure that explosives are individually manufactured, at the site, to most efficiently break up rock for ore extraction.
Finally, the IIoT can step up predictive maintenance of components which, when equipped with sensors, can feed information back into a cohesive database which then provides alerts to the manufacturer of when a piece of equipment is not functioning at its optimum level.