It started with RFID tags to improve the supply chain for routing, inventories and loss prevention back in the year 2000. In the years following 2010 it was about locating people and objects with their ubiquitous position. First in the last years with miniaturized and power-efficient electronics communication for monitoring and controlling distant objects became possible. Now it is about more and more intelligent software agents, advanced sensor fusion and artificial intelligence to automate processes by the interaction of devices and machines even further.
It is all there: 90% of Endress+Hauser’s measuring devices communicate digitally, but 97% of the produced data remain unexploited. It is very easy to get started with predictive maintenance and Heartbeat Technology to benefit of IIoT’s potential.