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IoT & Industry 4.0

The IoT market is evolving rapidly – and with it the quantity of available data. This has turned cloud and edge computing into essential catalysts. But what advantages does the Internet of Things actually offer, and how can IoT projects be successfully implemented?

Internet of Things – IoT 

The Internet of Things - IoT for short - represents the networking of clearly identifiable physical devices via the Internet. These range from simple household appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators, through smartphones, vehicles and aircraft, to complete industrial plants. For example, an IoT-enabled washing machine can be controlled via a mobile app to ensure timely completion of a washing cycle once you arrive home. Sensors and software enable smart devices to communicate constantly and exchange data via a network. These sensor data can be transmitted to a cloud, where they are collected and analyzed to deliver meaningful and useful results.

Industrial Internet of Things – IIoT

In addition to the classic Internet of Things in the private sphere (key phrase: smart home), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), in particular, is becoming increasingly important on a large scale in industry and production. Insights into data made possible here by IoT technology allow better management and optimization of business processes, as well as enhanced productivity and efficiency.  

The Internet of Things in the private and industrial environments therefore holds immense potential for us all, and offers especially enterprises an opportunity to set themselves apart from the competition. But that's not all: IoT is also one of the technologies shaping the 21st century as part of a comprehensive industrial change – quasi the fourth industrial revolution: We call this Industry 4.0. 

What does Industry 4.0 mean?

After the introduction of industrial machines in the 18th century, the beginning of mass production through division of labour at the end of the 19th century, and the third industrial revolution in the 1970s through electronics and information technologies for automating production, the beginning of the 21st century is significantly shaped by the term "Industry 4.0": This fourth industrial revolution enables digitization of the entire value chain by networking all systems involved in any process. It thus combines the key innovations comprising IoT, big data, cloud computing and connectivity. By linking these technologies, Industry 4.0 offers enormous potential to decisively change production processes and business models in future, and optimize the entire manufacturing industry's productivity.

b.telligent's competencies are core components of Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is not exclusively shaped by the Internet of Things. It furthermore involves an interplay between different areas such as big data, cloud computing and industrial wireless network solutions (connectivity). These areas are reflected in b.telligent's key strengths. As a technology-independent consultancy, b.telligent supports numerous companies in successful implementation of their IoT project.

Data architecture in the age of Industry 4.0

IoT maturity assessment: What is your IoT maturity level?

Is your enterprise ready for IoT? One important basis for successful implementation of your IoT project is the right preparations. In order to master the challenges in the Internet of Things, companies should first know their IoT maturity level. Often unclear are the exact point at which a company starts, and the areas in which it needs external support. Is communication between existent machines already secure? Has architecture already (Annahme: Hier ist "... bereits ..." gemeint) been extended with in-house systems such as ERP and MES? What is the nature of communication between partners and different locations? These are just some of the initial questions a company should ask itself before actual implementation of the IoT project. 

IoT adoption framework – six facets for successful implementation

Although digital transformation has been at the focus of many business models, its implementation continues to pose major challenges to companies. The pressure to successfully implement IoT projects is high. b.telligent's IoT adoption framework supports your company in mastering challenges through a structured and technology-independent approach.

IoT quick check - is your company ready for an IoT project?

At the beginning of an IoT project, companies are faced with many open questions. An IoT quick check can help identify and answer all these questions before commencement of the project to create the right basis for successful implementation. 

A common understanding of requirements, dependencies and technical hurdles is determined as part of a 1-day workshop. We also jointly define and analyze your company's current situation with regard to IoT. Finally, possible fields of application and suitable technologies for your company are selected and evaluated. This forms the basis for an initial roadmap of implementation as well as an infrastructure and connectivity concept; these aspects are subsequently developed by b.telligent and discussed with the customer, also with regard to the required architecture.

Successfully mastering the fourth industrial revolution with b.telligent

As an experienced consultancy, b.telligent possesses the skills and competencies needed to support your enterprise in the core areas of IoT, big data, cloud computing and connectivity. Due to its many years of expertise in the field of business intelligence, b.telligent has the capabilities needed to represent acquired data, process these data into information of relevant to decisions, and support your enterprise with valuable recommendations for action as well as solutions toward digitization.

Is that of interest and you would like to learn more about how we can assist you and your enterprise on the way to the Internet of Things?

Then do not hesitate to contact us!