Smart sensors and actuators everywhere to control building access, fuel valves, turbines, heating and ventilation, traffic lights, parts pickers, and much of our infrastructure’s operations—that’s the dream of the industrial internet of things.

But there’s also a nightmare: All those devices operate with little oversight, so maybe you don’t have the data you need, maybe a valve won’t turn off when it should, or maybe a terrorist has taken them over to sabotage an oil rig or dam.The truth is that the industrial internet of things is largely in place already, through thousands of proprietary deployments of sensors and actuators.
Industry has been automating for years, and IoT is simply the new form of that automation, adding more connectivity and logic to the mix.

Critical devices are already monitored, managed, and secured—but often inefficiently or sporadically, creating a different risk and high cost as more IoT devices get deployed.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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