Edge computing will be recognised as the solution to fixing the shortcomings of M2M for IIoT
Mainstream adoption of edge computing and the advent of second-generation smart gateways are among the leading forecasts for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) in 2017, according to a list of trends to watch published by PrismTech, an IIoT platform technology provider.
Steve Jennis, SVP and head of global marketing for ADLINK and PrismTech, compiled the list based on his knowledge of IIoT users, vendors and technologies, as well as through his collaboration with peers in industry initiatives. These include: the OpenFog Consortium; the Edge Computing Consortium; Open Edge Computing; the Industrial Internet Consortium; and the Object Management Group.
“Today’s trends show that the term ‘edge computing’ will continue to grow in usage and come to represent most implementation scenarios for the IIoT,” said Jennis. “The addition of new capabilities ‘at the edges’ of OT systems, IT systems, the internet and cloud services will come to define the evolution of the IIoT and its new business value-add.”
Jennis predicts that:
“Next-generation smart gateways and industrial servers will supply the edge platforms to support the demands of the IIoT. These gateways and servers will host the software stacks that enable data connectivity from the sensor to the cloud, while also supporting edge compute and intrinsic security,” continued Jennis.
“They will thus support fog computing architectures where applications can add-value at the most appropriate place in an end-to-end IIoT system: at the device, on the edge appliance, or in the IT/cloud environment. This multi-tiered architecture will come to define the IIoT and provide the ubiquitous (and secure) data accessibility and distributed systems capabilities needed to support new vertical solutions in, for example, smart factories, intelligent transportation systems and integrated healthcare systems.”
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