IoT, the Internet of Things, is sometimes called the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0 for short.
In this new industrial constellation all machines, products and services of a factory are connected wirelessly to one network. While using sensors, machines can tell what they make, how they made it and which parts of the machine are damaged. These products also send signals and, among other things, report their location and their condition.
This means that all machines, products and basic materials are equipped with sensors.
In concrete terms, the automation landscape must be simplified and unified for that purpose, so that the existing data can flow smoothly. Not bothered by conversions, edits and omissions.
By making the 'last meter' in a machine or installation accessible to IT, a new generation of machines can be created according to the diagram below. This technological transition will limit the development time and reduce the price for the customer.
The technological change is done by separating 4 hierarchical layers and functionalities into one database. The reduction from 4 layers to 2 in turn reduces the automation to intelligent sensors and actuators that are able to communicate with IT platforms.
Equally, this reduces the complexity of collaboration between different software suites that run either at a virtual local level or at a global CLOUD level.