Billions of sensors are in use across manufacturing, working together to monitor the collective “things” that make up the ubiquitous Internet of Things (IoT). They have different jobs and gather data that varies from one industry to the next, but they all have one element in common: Data—and lots of it.
For decades, manufacturers primarily used highly secure private networks to control critical plant functions, or Operational Technology (OT). But in recent years, oil and gas and other manufacturing industries have started considering and implementing IoT applications that enable more widespread and cost-effective monitoring and control of facilities, while also reducing costs and increasing flexibility.
By definition, Industrial IoT applications require moving data from existing private networks through the global internet to remote experts and supply chain partners. That requires security to be front and center. At Emerson, we see complex security measures that ensure critical operations data remains both accessible to those who need it—and safe from those who don’t.
With more than 25 years of experience in smart sensors, wireless technologies, and digital automation, Emerson delivers a wide array of secure, networked OT solutions to oil and gas and other industries. As we help lead the transition to Industrial IoT today, we’ve seen one universal truth:? the growth of Industrial IoT is dictated by moving that same confidence in security.?
Securing the Industrial IoT requires focus on four zones that comprise most applications: sensors that remotely gather data, the “first mile” of OT networks that convert this data and securely connect it to the internet, software that stores and processes the data to generate valuable insights, and finally, the people who design, manage and use these networks.
Emerson recently expanded its highly sophisticated PlantwebTM digital ecosystem to help manufacturers securely address these four zones as they adopt Industrial IoT to automate processes and maximize efficiency.?
Industrial manufacturers are quickly learning that the best strategy for Industrial IoT adoption is a scalable one…beginning with a specific business problem to solve.? With proven solutions in place for every layer of security, we see Emerson helping manufacturers adopt Industrial IoT technologies with confidence.