Edge Computing in Industrial Automation

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Updated: 05/17/2021

Successful industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications send data from systems that monitor and control the physical world to information technology (IT) data processing systems. There the data can be analyzed and the results used to improve business capabilities: better inventory management, better predictive maintenance, reduced asset downtime, and much more.

But to achieve these IIoT goals, we need to solve 3 problems: how to connect the physical world to the IT world, how to handle the huge masses of data that physical systems produce, and how to efficiently structure the IIoT.

This white paper explores these problems and how edge computing and architectural change can help solve them.