WHAT'S NEXT FOR INDUSTRY 4.0?

Sensors need to communicate the data they measure, for monitoring purposes and to send alarms when levels are outside norms or at dangerous levels. Networks of smart sensors in the Internet of Things adds intelligence, feedback and control to traditional installations.

Combining a sensor, RF chip, battery and IoT connectivity software enhances a broad range of applications:

Environmental monitoring – linking temperature, humidity and air quality sensors together provides real-time visibility of environmental conditions to optimise resource usage

Industrial safety – smart gas, temperature, dust and smoke sensors can warn of explosions, fire hazards and breathing problems, whilst vibration and pressure sensors warns of potential problems with plant and machinery. The start of predictive maintenance

Logistics – tagging items with temperature and vibration sensors alerts managers to cool-chain issues and possible damage to goods in transit

Challenges

Traditional sensor networks are based on wired installations which are not always easy and very often become costly and time consuming roll outs. Also, wireless communication is already used, but the connection can be unreliable in challenging RF environments when it is a peer–to-peer connection. Combining different sensors in one network is difficult. Despite the limited solutions available, the cost and size considerations are barriers to scaling conventional installations up to thousands or even millions of distributed sensors.

FUJITSU’s IoT Connectivity Solutions

A de-centralized wireless communication protocol allows IoT sensors to make all decisions locally and co-operatively. This enables the most reliable, optimized, scalable and simple to use connectivity for devices. Adding over-the-air (OTA) update capability extends lifetime for hardware, additionally improving security and lowering total cost of ownership.

Smart sensors networks allow deployment in locations where wired solutions are simply impossible, and hard to access for maintenance. IoT connectivity is easily the best fit when discussing scalability up to millions of sensors, with high density environments and ideal when the operation requires a battery powered network.

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