Panduit Solutions Can Help Prepare Your Network Infrastructure for IIoT Technology

How Can Your Network’s Performance Impact Deploying IIoT Technology?

Use Panduit’s Insights to Build a Robust Network Foundation for Your IIoT Deployment

How can you prepare your network infrastructure to successfully accommodate IIoT technology? Get answers to potential IIoT technology deployment issues that may impact your network infrastructure.

For example, here are some questions you may ask when deploying IIoT technology:

What is the impact of real-time data?

Most networks were not designed to react to and process data in real-time. From self-driving cars to digital control systems on factory floors, real-time data is a big part of IIoT deployments. Not being able to act on data in real-time can result in catastrophic results.

How does edge computing affect network performance?

Edge computing allows the compute, storage, and application resources to be located close to the user or the source of the data. With cloud deployment, these resources are in a distant data center owned by the cloud provider. Deploying IIoT solutions using the cloud makes it difficult to manage latency. Today, IIoT deployments can benefit more from edge computing than cloud computing.

How important is the data gathered from sensors?

IIoT data from predictive analytics provided by sensors can improve operational efficiency, reduce downtime, and save money for your business. The many types and characteristics of sensors are important to consider when deploying IIoT technology.

How important is bandwidth for helping IIoT technology extract information from data?

Bandwidth is everywhere. It is this ubiquity of bandwidth that allows devices to seamlessly switch between networks. As a result, connected devices no longer require endless cables and wires. Bandwidth allows us to communicate quickly and effectively, which makes IIoT possible.

What is the impact of packet loss?

IT network managers dislike packet loss because it steals valuable bandwidth, reducing the link’s available throughput. For OT network managers trying to deploy IIoT, a network’s latency is more important than bandwidth or throughput. Despite their differences, the minimization of corrupted packets requires both IT and OT to work together as they transform their network to leverage IIoT technology.

Panduit has developed a series of white papers describing the challenges surrounding the IIoT’s impact on the typical data center, why IT and OT managers may look at the same problems differently, how they can successfully resolve those problems, and the importance of IT/OT convergence to your network’s performance. In addition, you will learn the following:

  • The importance of IT and OT network infrastructures
  • Why IIoT process controls demand real-time data
  • The relationship between IIoT technology and bandwidth
  • The ways IIoT deployments can benefit from edge computing
  • How to determine the importance of sensor specifications

Access all the papers in our IIoT white paper series.

IoT Platform Sensors: 5 Characteristics To Explore

Sensors and IoT Platforms

Much has been written about the promise of predictive analytics and how IoT data can improve operational efficiency, reduce downtime, and save money for the enterprise. In contrast, little is written about the sensors gathering the data that is fed into the predictive analytics engine. Panduit’s white paper, “E.S.P. for IoT Platforms,” discusses the characteristics to consider when deploying measurement sensors and how to determine the importance of specifications depending on sensor type and deployment location.

Sensor Types

There are three types of sensors: indicators, counters, and measurement.

  1. Indicators are relatively straight forward – they are either on or off. They show when something has occurred, for example, when someone has opened and accessed a panel.
  2. Counters can keep a running tally of a series of events. An example is a tachometer that counts the number of revolutions of a shaft or axle. Both indicators and counters are examples of digital sensors. They monitor and report discrete events. Relatively speaking, they are simple sensors.
  3. Measurement sensors are more sophisticated. They report on the amount of a physical entity, such as weight, or on an environmental attribute, such as temperature. Rather than reporting discrete events, they report where one is on a continuous scale.

Sensor Characteristics

When choosing sensors for your IoT platform, there are five characteristics you should consider.

  1. Accuracy
    Accuracy is the ability of a sensor to provide a true measurement of whatever the sensor is monitoring. There is an uncertainty with the measurement, usually represented as a percentage of full scale.
  2. Repeatability
    Repeatability is the ability of a sensor to provide a constant output when there is a constant input, when acquiring a new sample.
  3. Linearity
    Linearity is a measure of how well the sensor’s response curve approaches a straight line.
  4. Sensitivity
    A sensor’s sensitivity is the amount the input to the sensor must change to detect any change in the output.
  5. Environmental Impact
    Changes in the environment can impact the performance and accuracy of a sensor. For example, some sensors are particularly sensitive to temperature and humidity.

When selecting a sensor, you should also determine which attributes are important to your application. In a benign environment, the environmental impact on the sensor’s performance may not be that important, whereas it may be a consideration if the application is outdoors.

The tradeoff you need to make when selecting a measurement sensor is the level of specificity you require for that attribute versus cost. For example, a temperature sensor monitoring a pizza oven does not need to be as accurate as one monitoring a pharmaceutical process. A temperature sensor with an accuracy of ±0.01°C will be more expensive than one with an accuracy of ±1°C.

To learn more about why sensors are important for your IoT platform, download Panduit’s
E.S.P. for IoT Platforms” white paper – or subscribe to our blog to access all the papers in our IoT “101” white paper series.