The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has the potential to significantly impact businesses. Sectors such as transportation, manufacturing, and energy, among others, are eager to--or already-- implement IIoT devices. To better understand how and why industries use this new technology, Tech Pro Research conducted an online survey in January 2019. According to the survey, 82% of respondents have either implemented IIoT, are running a pilot project, or are considering implementation.
The survey asked the following questions:
Most respondents recognize the value of using IIoT devices, with predictive maintenance topping both the list of planned usage, at 42% and current usage at 37%. Other current use cases for IIoT include quality control, metering, managing inventory, safety, and smart packaging. Further, more than half of the survey respondents use the data gathered from IoT devices in maintenance.
Data gathered from IIoT devices also delivers value to companies. More than half of respondents (51%) collect data pertaining to equipment status (such as wear and tear and vibrations); almost half (45%) collect energy usage data. Respondents also list collecting telemetrics, GPS, and weather/climate data from their IoT devices.
However, every new technology faces roadblocks, and IIoT is no exception to this. Interestingly, while cybersecurity is a concern for companies using IoT, it isn't causing the main roadblock to deployment. That honor belongs to employees lacking the necessary skills to implement and maintain the technology, as 40% of respondents admit that is why they have no future IIoT deployment plans.