Lead the charge on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) at your organization with Grantek. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in manufacturing. Also known as the Industrial Internet, IIoT incorporates machine learning and big data technology, harnessing the sensor data, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and automation technologies that have existed in industrial settings for years. The driving philosophy behind the IIoT is that smart machines are better than humans at accurately, consistently capturing and communicating data. This data can enable companies to pick up on inefficiencies and problems sooner, saving time and money and supporting business intelligence efforts. In manufacturing specifically, IIoT holds great potential for quality control, sustainable and green practices, supply chain traceability and overall supply chain efficiency.

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers the prospect of providing access to data and control of electronic devices from any available internet connection. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provides the same exciting possibilities for industrial equipment and facilities. The addition of connected devices, such as environmental sensors, security systems, and sensors for remotely-located equipment, brings the benefit of enhanced control and monitoring capabilities at a facility, but also increases network traffic and the effort required to manage the devices. Grantek has the expertise to help ensure that your network continues to operate at optimal levels, without compromising security, when additional devices are added to a facility’s intranet.

The IIoT allows for flexible and robust data acquisition and system control. In keeping with our methodology and standardized process approach, Grantek has the expertise to develop secure connectivity solutions to your manufacturing challenges while addressing the complexity of IIoT integration. We can help you with everything from a vendor agnostic approach to sensor and controller selection to determining optimum connectivity for reliability, and data storage requirements. To realize the full benefit of IIoT, you need a partner who understands how to turn the data into useful information. Grantek will leverage off-the-shelf (OTS) software or develop integration points that provides IIoT data output to ERP systems and present it in meaningful ways that are valuable to your enterprise.

Embracing the IIoT inherently increases the risk for unauthorized data access. Grantek understands system security and can develop protocols that minimize security risks and protect your data. Connecting the devices is just the first step. It may also be necessary to convert sensors and other equipment to allow network connection, and ensure interoperability of sensors connected to plant equipment such as variable frequency drives (VFDs), controllers, and motors. Grantek can offer solutions utilizing WiFi, smart mesh networks, radio, and copper/fiber Ethernet to achieve efficient connectivity across any physical topology.

Data export requirements, regulatory, technical, and security challenges may be exposed when a facility adopts IIoT. Wireless poses monitoring challenges that did not exist with wired Ethernet. Grantek has extensive experience implementing Defense in Depth (DiD) through VLANs, firewalls, IPS/IDS systems and other security measures. At the enterprise layer, Grantek can work with cloud web services to safely and securely store your data.