WL 24 -Business Case for Industrial IoT
Implementing industrial automation critically depends on the optimized operation of a wireless sensor/actuator network, which can be influenced by many factors. In 2014, when the general consensus of the value and benefits of IIoT became clearer, the World Economic Forum urged industrial actors to “invest in digital infrastructure”. The reason given was that “the success of the Industrial Internet depends heavily on the presence of robust infrastructures, such as ubiquitous broadband connectivity and sensors”. This appeal is as relevant today as it was back then. At that time, many industrial leaders had doubts concerning implementing automation due to security and reliability issues. Those justified concerns still plague some managers who consider automation.
RESEIWE’s response to these concerns is WL 24; a Wi-Fi wireless module that operates at 2.4 GHz and offers extreme wireless link resilience with low latency. The system is equipped with our patented wireless system, ReWiLink™, which ensures the dependability and resilience of the module. This makes WL 24 the most reliable solution for transferring data seamlessly.
This expectation is expressed by Per Larsen (CTO of ABB in Denmark), who in an interview with Ingeniøren stated: “Technology development has made units so cheap that many of the old business models no longer work. There is no longer the big cost of drawing a signal from a new sensor. Instead, you just set up a wireless and connect it to the Wi-Fi”. (Ingeniøren 9.6.2017 p. 6).
In this statement, it is implicitly expected that the “cheap unit” offers the desired performance and robustness. Nevertheless, reality does not always match the high expectations of companies that implement automation in terms of robustness and connection stability. However, WL24 can meet those expectations, while still relying on the “cheap units” and modules, thus offering companies a timely opportunity to attain full benefits from the vast possibilities offered by IIoT.
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