Connecting with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The primary difference between the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Human Internet of Things (HIoT) over the next few years is that the IIoT will incororate over a century of existing, brownfield infrastructure (deployed mechanical and digital systems ready to be connected) while HIoT is an emerging set of greenfield services and technologies that must build infrastructure as it grows.

Designing for IIoT requires deep understanding of solution spaces and an ability to connect systems manufactured many decades apart. IIoT favors solutions vendors such as DIGI, Echelon, and Freescale, who have solid roots in the industrial control world. HIoT favors fast moving prototyping driven by leaps of faith in user experience (UX) and device design, exemplified by the Maker community in particular. The concept of "good enough" does not apply in the industrial world.

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