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Is IoT (IP to the edge) good for automation?
The Internet of Things (IoT) definition as promoted by major industrial automation suppliers and computer industry suppliers is “IP to the edge.” IP to the edge means using Internet Protocol over wired or wireless Ethernet to communicate with end devices. The assumption is IoT won’t exist until everything is exposed to the Internet and we are able to get information from and perform control of end devices. This concept may not be common sense engineering and sound system design for industrial automation systems. The goal in manufacturing is to improve system results and not necessarily to connect every sensor, relay and other end devices to the Internet. A major benefit of IoT concepts includes acquiring a broader set of data, analyzing it to gain insights, and taking action to improve outcomes. This can be accomplished using new technology tools, applying common sense, good system design, and engineering principles without connecting everything to the Internet.