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Industrial IoT predictions for 2016
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Industrial IoT predictions for 2016 

FreeWave Technologies is an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) wireless networking solutions company that recently publicized five Industrial IoT predications for 2016. 

In a constantly changing market such as this it’s important to keep a breast of these changes. So, without further ado, let’s countdown the five predictions on IIoT for 2016.

Prediction 5 – RF companies will be obsolete by 2019

According to the CEO of FreeWave Kim Niederman, “Discrete Radio Frequency (RF)-based technology manufacturers will be obsolete within the next three years. The catalyst that will drive this change will be the open standards in place that eventually will commoditize the market by bringing backwards compatibility and interoperability between different radio manufacturers.” 

Prediction 4 – 802.11ah will be released in mid-2016 to quick adoption

Brad Gilbert, director of product management at FreeWave stated that this new wireless networking standard will quickly be adopted. He is basing his prediction on the fact that the new 802.11ah will unify GHz and sub-GHz bands with a Wi-Fi protocol which reduces the need for protocol conversions and gateways and allows highly congested 2.4GHz band to now be offloaded to either 5GHz or 900MHz. Other factors that support his forecast is that this new wireless networking standard will address long range communication and battery operation not met with existing 802.11 standards which is very much needed for IIoT applications and offers better RF propagation than 2.4GHz or 5GHz. And the final factor to support his claim is that it offers chipset availability.

Prediction 3 – Predictive analytics will change the nature of industrial communication systems

According to Scott Allen, CMO at FreeWave, “There are two elements at work that will push predictive analytics to the forefront of industrial communication systems. The first is the advancement of technology. Big data companies are making serious progress with comparing data-at-rest with data-in-motion as a strong basis for predicting outcomes with maximum accuracy. As the network infrastructure advances at the access layer in ways that allow analytic applications to be executed locally while communicating globally this trend will do nothing but accelerate. The second element that will drive change is the retiring or soon-to-be-retiring workforce that drove the implementation and use of SCADA networks. This will create a knowledge gap that will require new technology to fill that void – and predictive analytics will be the one that fills the gap.”

Prediction 2 – Major security breach will propel government regulations in IoT

Tim Mester, principal engineer of advanced technology at FreeWave pointed out that, “As IoT/IIoT data and control becomes more sensitive and critical, there will be a growing concern regarding the robustness these devices will have on our lives as we become increasingly dependent on them. Therefore, there will be a surge of government regulations that mandate the levels of security and reliability for IoT and IIoT devices.”

Prediction 1 – Major security breach of an Industrial SCADA System will bring a new focus to IoT

The regional manager for energy markets at FreeWave Glenn Longley predicted, “There will be a major security breach of an industrial SCADA system in 2016 which will drive industrial organizations to shift to more of a focus on IoT and newer, more secure communication systems. Each company is different in how it handles the influx of IoT and the resulting IT/ OT convergence. With the merging of Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT), the firewall that separates the two becomes more complicated and less well-defined. Traditionally, each was a separate entity; however, with IP-enabled devices and blending of technologies in the enterprise, that dividing line will become less clear. IT and OT professionals might put a different emphasis on security, but in 2016, the two will need to come together (more than ever before) to prioritize it in their quest to create end points for all of their field assets. Therefore, security will ultimately be the limiting factor on how much IIoT is deployed.”

For a deeper insight into these predictions, please visit http://wavelengths.freewave.com.

 

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