What is IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of physical objects connected to the Internet that are able to collect and share data. These objects include devices, sensors, actuators and other Internet-connected elements that can communicate each other and with external systems. Currently, the IoT is considered one of the most technological trends with a significant impact on various sectors, including industry, healthcare, agriculture, transports and public services.

How does it work in the industrial sector?

IoT gives you the possibility to monitor and check production processes in real time.
This can be done using sensors and data acquisition devices that must be connected to the Internet in order to collect information on various parameters such as temperature, pressure, speed, and humidity. These data can be used to optimize production processes, identify problems, prevent breakdowns and improve the quality of the final product.
In addition, IoT can be used to automate production processes, for example, through the use of actuators and control devices connected to the Internet. This allows you to reduce downtime and increase production efficiency. Furthermore, IoT can be used to monitor industrial devices and plan for preventive maintenance, reducing operational costs

What does predictive maintenance mean?

Predictive maintenance is a methodology based on data and technologies used to prevent problems and plan predictive maintenance before any breakdown or failure.

Through this, it’s easier to reduce machines downtime and operative costs.

Which are the advantages in terms of eco-sustainability?

IoT can offer several advantages in terms of sustainability, for instance:

  • Helping to reduce environmental impact through a better efficiency, a lower CO2 emission, a reduced consumption of the resources and a greater sustainability.
  • Monitoring energy consumption: IoT keeps track of energy consumption about devices and industrial systems, by identifying waste risks and reducing it.
  • Optimizing production processes: IoT guarantees the optimization of production processes, reducing downtime and increasing the efficiency. This can help to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Preventive maintenance: through IoT industrial devices are monitored so it is easy to plan preventive maintenance, reducing breakdowns and operational costs. This can help to make devices life longer and reduce environmental impact.
  • Transports and logistics: IoT can be used to monitor vehicles and transports devices, optimizing them, reducing waste and improving their safety. This can help to reduce pollution and improve vehicles efficiency.

Which are the doubts according to IoT?

Sometimes, people bring into question IoT efficiency, as in the case of:

  • Data security: when many devices are connected to the Internet, there is the risk that the collected data may be vulnerable to security breaches and used for bad purposes.
  • Privacy protection: collected data may be used to track people’s movements and activities, violating their privacy.
  • Cybercrime: IoT may be used to commit cyber-attacks and cybercrime.
  • Interoperability: IoT devices may not be able to communicate each other or with external systems so, it could be difficult to integrate, and use collected data.

Fortunately, people are aware of IoT risks, even though many solutions have been developed to solve these issues.

What are the solutions?

According to this, several solutions have been already proposed, such as:

  • Data security: it is important to use strong security protocols and encryption to protect data during transmission and storage. In addition, it is useful to limit data access to only those who need it by implementing authorization controls.
  • Privacy protection: to protect individuals’ privacy, it is essential to implement policies and practices for data management that comply with laws and regulations regarding privacy, as well as informing users about how their data are being used always giving them the ability to control and manage their own data.
  • Cybercrime: to prevent cyber-attacks and cybercrime, high security measures can be implemented while systems and applications should be kept constantly updated.
  • Interoperability: to ensure interoperability among IoT devices, open standards should be used and solutions for data integration should be developed.

Therefore, we need solutions must be developed to ensure security, privacy protection and sustainability always providing advantages for users and businesses. This requires collaboration among stakeholders, including governments, industry and the whole society in order to develop appropriate policies, regulations and practices for IoT

How does Miralis position itself in this scenario?

Miralis goal is to lead clients to the digital transformation as a step towards the future where security and privacy have a central role in order to protect all the collected data.

This is the reason why we have decided to become partner of InUse, a French company born in 2015, which has developed an IIoT SaaS InUse MRM (Machine Relationship Management) platform.

InUse MRM platform has been designed for the industrial sector and its aim is to help the production department to reduce the environmental impact improving their performances. Currently, InUse platform is active in over 200 sites around the world, and it gives the opportunity to collect and use data related to production to inform, notify and guide operators, technicians and managers towards the best action to take on a day-to-day basis.

With the perfect mix between the advantages of IIoT and the artificial intelligence, the MRM platform provides concrete solutions considering performances, maintenance and optimization of production.

Process digitalization and new technologies are changing the way in which a company works.

Rely on us if you want to take advantage of this transformation.