Some of the most significant technological advancements of the 20th century were made during the industrial revolution. As these technologies matured, they found widespread acceptance across the commercial and consumer industries as well.
However, by the beginning of this century, the frenetic pace at which advancements were made earlier in the Industrial world had markedly slowed down due to a few reasons.
- Life Span of Industrial Deployments: Most industrial deployments are usually closed loop systems and have a typical lifespan of more than 20 years.
- Nature of Industrial Automation: Most industrial automation communications protocols have adopted a hierarchical master-slave architecture. Master devices are typically PLCs or intelligent control units while slave devices are usually the motor drives, and sensors.
- Issues with Standardization: The Industrial marketplace has been plagued by either a lack of standards in some cases or too many standards in others. This scenario is often worsened by the presence of multiple vendors across data and gateways in the overall operating ecosystem. For instance, there are currently more than 120 serial communications standards and upwards of 25 Ethernet-based protocols that can be deployed leading to a complex and de-regulated environment.
- Security Concerns: As industrial systems have become a little more open, security has emerged as a major area of concern. The difficulty in developing an appropriate system-wide security management system combined with inadequate scalable IT infrastructures has led to valid concerns about the security of industrial systems.
Happiest Minds provides expertise across all layers of Connected factories, Connected Supply chain, Connected Products and Connected Services. We have been serving Industrial OEMs, Industrial platform providers and Industrial solution companies and are uniquely positioned to help our clients by helping them ‘Modernizing the CORE’ and ‘Leveraging the NEW’.
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