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IoT vs IIoT

How are these two advanced technologies different?

The Internet of Things, IoT, and the Internet of Industrial Things, IIoT, are two of the leading technologies of the digital revolution. By connecting multiple devices and devices over the Internet, IoT and IIoT enable businesses to run more efficiently, make more informed decisions and find new sources of revenue. In fact, you have most likely heard these terms many times and maybe even already using IoT and IIoT technologies. Nevertheless, you possibly do not know the difference between the two. Well, this article will be the answer for your question, 

Iot and how it works?

The IoT is a network of connected devices that can communicate with each other and deliver data to users over the Internet. IoT devices can connect to the internet and are often equipped with sensors that allow them to collect data. An IoT device can be useful on its own, but when you use multiple devices together, they become even more useful.

IoT technology allows the user to automatically collect data from a variety of functions, including, for example, the amount of energy used by lighting in a building or the amount of water flowing through a wastewater treatment plant. IoT devices can transmit the data  collected to a central system over the Internet. Managers can then use this data to inform their decisions. By using data analysis methods, you can explore the data in depth to discover more complex information and predict future outcomes. 

IIoT and how it works?

 IIoT is a sub-category of the IoT. This term refers to IoT technology used in an industrial environment, particularly in production sites.  IoT is a key technology in Industry4.0, a new phase of the industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 aims at emphasizing smart technology, data, automation, interconnectivity, artificial intelligence and other technologies and capabilities. 


Also, IIoT improves machine-to-machine communication and provides data to plant managers giving them a clearer picture of how their plant is operating. By continuously collecting detailed data, industrial companies can more closely monitor not only the energy, water, and other resources used when machines are running, but also the quantities produced. Operators can then make manual adjustments, or equipment can automatically adjust to optimize operation.

The difference between IoT and IIoT

As mentioned earlier, IIoT is a subcategory of IoT technology that specifically refers to technologies used for industrial activities. It would be logical to have some similarities. Yet, they differ in some of the aspects among which is what follow:

While IoT encompasses a wide range of industries and users because consumers, as well as professionals in industries and corporations and the public sector can use IoT technology, IIoT technology is only used in an industrial environment by professionals. 

In addition, users of IoT and IIoT technology typically aim for slightly different goals. In general, IoT deployment aims to increase efficiency, improve health and safety, and create better user experiences. IIot, on the other hand, focuses on the first two goals and is less user-centric. Ordinary consumers do not use it in their personal lives, rather it is used as part of an industrial process.

By way of conclusion, these technologies are already having an influence on a wide range of sectors, from consumer goods to manufacturing to healthcare. They will continue to drive digital transformation and significantly change nearly every industry alongside other Industry 4.0 technologies. Combined with automation, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and other advanced technologies, IoT and IIoT technologies are likely to have even more influence.