October 14, 2020
To realize its potential, IIoT solutions must address the role of the connected industrial worker in this brave new world.
For processors, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) represents a game-changing innovation that will drive automation in all aspects of production processes, connecting all sorts of devices with old and new control systems, based on the cloud, big data and artificial intelligence (AI).
The IIoT continues to evolve, with countless solutions touting end-to-end process automation. However, one of the most important elements of IIoT — the human element — has taken a back burner in this hype cycle. To realize its potential, IIoT solutions must address the role of the connected industrial worker in this brave new world.
While there are countless articles on the how IIoT brings together myriad devices connected by communications technologies that yield systems that monitor, collect, exchange, analyze and deliver meaningful new insights like never before, there are not so many that focus on the connected people or teams that are expected to do something meaningful with their valuable new insights. “People-focused” IIoT brings back the balance of power between people, processes and technology, and ultimately will enable industrial enterprises to unleash their true potential to optimize plant operations, improve productivity, enhance efficiency and ensure worker safety.