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The IIoT is great and dangerous

Most of us have heard of the Internet of things. The IoT is the concept of connecting devices and having them talk over the internet. The dream of your fridge knowing what you have in it, and ordering for itself could be reality. Already I can control my lights, Pond Pump and Security camera from my iPhone. The Industrial Internet of Things is a logical extension; it talks of connecting sensors and devices in production and manufacturing to the internet. The value of data is high; an example is that we can track parcel delivery which is a standard service of most couriers. Connecting to manufacturing data is different. I love the concept of us knowing what is happening on the plant floor, but the concept of us influencing manufacture is dangerous. There are many safety issues and production logistics associated with opening production to the internet. It becomes possible for the innocent, as well as hackers and terrorists to open the gates of a dam, change the ingredient quantities in our food, or cause other damage. The flow of data into the production environment needs to be highly protected, with devices such as unidirectional gateways. (Everybody I talk to in the Corporate IT world do not know they exist) Unidirectional gateways physically, through using a transmitter and a receiver, only allow data to flow in one direction. For more information about how production and manufacturing data can allow better informed decisions to be made, go to www.meson.com.au
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