What is the difference between IoT and IIoT?

Internet of Things and Industrial Internet of Things – the name almost gives it away. One has to do with industry, one has not. But what type of industry, and what does this mean to you?

Below we will clarify the two concepts to explain similarities, differences and your potential advantages of implementing a system for IIoT like API PRO EAM.

IoT – Internet of Things

Ever tried starting a coffee machine with your phone? Or adjusted the temperature of your fridge? Well, that is the Internet of Things. Household items or everyday things connected to the internet and thereby controllable from remote distances. This development was already forecasted, when the internet was still new.

Today, the ever-available internet and new technologies have connected billions of things. Light switches, cars and home appliances provide efficient, safe and better experiences for consumers. The interaction with these smart devices paves the way for smaller electricity bills and more streamlined everyday life.

IIoT – Industrial Internet of Things

IIoT refers to the branch of IoT that is specifically engaged with the industry of manufacturing and agriculture. It is also about connecting devices and making them more available and intelligent, but in a much bigger scale. The end goal in industry is increasing speed and safety to make production facilities run more smoothly and with lower costs.

With a system for IIoT, the flow of data and information quickens, and working staff can operate safer and at a higher speed. The result is quicker manufacturing at lower costs and with fewer resources. We explain the concept more in depth in this blog post.

Differences and similarities

In principle, IoT and IIoT work in the same way. They both connect devices to the internet and make them smarter. The difference is that IoT works to make consumers live more convenient and easier, where IIoT works to increase safety and efficiency on production facilities.

IoT is B2C (business-to-consumer) and IIoT is B2B (business-to-business). For companies with multiple plants and production facilities the benefits of implementing IIoT solutions like API PRO EAM and AXXOS OEE are huge. The ability to monitor and analyze data, conduct predictive maintenance on the entire supply chain and manage staff from the same system will drastically improve production efficiency and eradicate a lot of paperwork. You and your staff will have easier access to KPI’s, be more flexible and avoid costly downtime.

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