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How to choose IIoT software: features your business needs

Learn which IIoT platform capabilities are essential and access TechRepublic Premium resources that simplify your search for the ideal software.

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of The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Leads Digital Transformation In industries such as manufacturing and automobiles. IIoT enables companies to visualize future machine performance through predictive analytics, reduce overhead through automation, and improve processes on the fly through remote monitoring. This is not possible without a robust technical infrastructure built on IIoT software.

Choosing an IIoT software is important when you are working on implementing IIoT within your enterprise. With hundreds of his IIoT platforms, each slightly different from the next, how do you choose?The tips and TechRepublic premium resources below can help.

Five key features of an IIoT platform

The best first step is to understand the non-negotiable capabilities of a robust IIoT platform. If your IIoT platform does not provide the following key capabilities, proceed with caution.

edge computing

Edge computing refers to computing completed as close to the data source as possible, including IoT devices. This type of computing is very important as it enables real-time visibility regardless of how many IoT devices are deployed.

For example, sensors connected to machinery on an assembly line can use data from the source to monitor performance. If a problem is found, the sensors can alert maintenance or stop the machine in real time. Data from events can be sent to the cloud for proper analysis later.

Terminal management

IIoT requires the use of IoT devices such as sensors, alarms, etc. These devices may be located inside heavy equipment, in moving vehicles, or in remote locations. The software should have management capabilities that allow remote access and management of each device.

Remote device management allows you to push critical upgrades to devices and troubleshoot quickly when those devices go offline.

machine learning

A key function of the IIoT is to collect data that can be used to improve industrial processes. However, devices and sensors collect vast amounts of data every day. Making sense of data is something humans cannot do. Machine learning (ML) takes over, learning patterns over time and providing insights without human intervention.

predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance uses sensors to predict when industrial equipment will need maintenance. By predicting maintenance, businesses can prevent costly unscheduled downtime and extend equipment life.

Real-time data visualization and reporting

Data visualization is the process of transforming data into graphical form. Visualizations allow companies to display data and quickly glean insights from it. The result is more efficient decision making.

Any IIoT platform you consider should also include robust reporting tools, such as built-in, customizable reports.

Other important considerations for IIoT software

As with any software implementation, ease of use of the platform should be considered. The software you choose should be intuitive with a short learning curve. Additionally, you need to make sure the platform fits into your current tech stack. For example, it should integrate seamlessly with legacy systems.

Another important consideration is scalability. An IIoT platform should be able to scale as more devices and users are added. Additionally, you should choose IIoT software with robust end-to-end security to protect all users and devices.

Next step: download this IIoT software comparison tool

The features described above only scratch the surface of what IIoT software can do. To make sure you choose the best platform for your business, you have to dig deeper.

TechRepublic’s Industrial Internet of Things software comparison tool helps you do just that. Our TechRepublic Premium resource includes a spreadsheet that allows you to track and compare the features of each software you are considering. The tool also includes a simple guide to analyzing what to look for on new platforms.

Learn more: Download this IIoT Quick Glossary

As you research IIoT vendors and test solutions, you may come across technical jargon that can be difficult to decipher. This handy glossary by TechRepublic Premium is a great resource to use as a reference.