This IoT vision is also called a “smart factory,” “Industrial Internet,” or “Industry 4.0.” But whatever the name, there’s one universal challenge to creating this interconnected environment: connecting legacy machines with modern tools.
Overcoming this challenge can be an expensive and time-consuming project. And yet, the number of wireless IoT devices in Industrial Automation networks is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 27.2%, reaching 43.5 million by 2020 (see Figure 2). The fact that IoT adoption has continued to accelerate—even when faced with the significant roadblock of legacy integration—is a testament to the immense benefits of a connected factory.
Connecting legacy machines is challenging, but not impossible. There are several strategies an organization can adopt—each with their own unique benefits and drawbacks. Consider these
three different methodologies as you evaluate how to create an IoT solution that will optimize your legacy data.