Industrial Network Technologies and Control Systems: The Opportunities and Challenges for IoT Services and Platforms

Historically, industrial networks for automation, control, and monitoring purposes have relied on a number of different technologies and approaches, often both application and vendor-specific, creating many different closed systems with a limited range of possible applications. More recently, the growing adoption of standard Ethernet and IP-based networks within industrial plants, as well as the introduction of the Internet of Things concepts within the industrial context has begun a technological shift that will eventually bring to what is referred to as the convergence of Information Technologies (IT) and Operational Technologies (OT)—a concept that envisions the integration of the operational and enterprise systems and the sharing of data across this two domains to derive a number of benefits on both industrial operations and the business level. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is but one of the new ways to refer to this evolution of the industry, and in the past few years it has been one of the major subjects of discussion within the industrial sector.

In this report ABI Research analyzes this topic starting from a general overview of the IT-OT convergence concept and points out the main drivers, benefits and challenges of this technological shift. The core of the report is dedicated to Industrial Communication Networks for Automation, Control, and Monitoring applications, discussing their requirements, the architectures and the deployed technologies. It conveys the differences with the conventional IP-based networks typically within a home or an office environment. Finally, ABI Research provides a series of forecasts including SCADA systems, industrial controllers, and field devices, both in terms of deployment and connectivity.

  • 1. THE INDUSTRIAL IOT: TOWARD IT MANAGED INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES
    • 1.1. The Convergence of IT and OT Networks
    • 1.2. Other Technological Trends
    • 1.3. Benefits
    • 1.4. Barriers / Challenges
  • 2. INDUSTRIAL NETWORKS: SOME BASIC THEORY
    • 2.1. Transmission Media
      • 2.1.1. Wired Links
      • 2.1.2. Wireless Links
    • 2.2. Network Topologies
      • 2.2.1. Bus Topology
    • 2.3. Star Topology
      • 2.3.1. Tree Topology
      • 2.3.2. Ring Topology
    • 2.4. Media Access Methods
      • 2.4.1. Deterministic Media Access
      • 2.4.2. Random Media Access
    • 2.5. Communication Models
      • 2.5.1. Client-Server Model
      • 2.5.2. Master-Slave Model
      • 2.5.3. Publisher-Subscriber Model
      • 2.5.4. Peer-to-Peer Model
      • 2.5.5. Event-driven versus Process-driven Information Sharing
  • 3. INDUSTRIAL NETWORKS: CHARACTERISTICS AND ARCHITECTURE
    • 3.1. Industrial Network Requirements
      • 3.1.1. Varying Requirements Depending on the Application
    • 3.2. Industrial Networks Architecture
      • 3.2.1. Field Network
      • 3.2.2. Control Network
      • 3.2.3. Information Network
    • 3.3. Industrial Control Systems' Components
      • 3.3.1. SCADA
      • 3.3.2. DCS
      • 3.3.3. PLC
      • 3.3.4. RTU
    • 3.4. Industrial Communication Protocols
      • 3.4.1. Fieldbuses
      • 3.4.2. Ethernet-based Fieldbuses
      • 3.4.3. Wireless protocols
  • 4. FORECASTS
    • 4.1. SCADA Deployments
    • 4.2. Operational Control Devices in Industrial Networks
    • 4.3. Field Devices in Industrial Environments—Connected and Not

Tables

  1. SCADA Deployments by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2020
  2. Operational Control Devices in Industrial Networks by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2014 to 2020
  3. Internet-connected Control Devices in Industrial Networks by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2014 to 2020
  4. Number of Deployed Devices in Field Level Networks by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2014 to 2020
  5. Number of Internet-connected Devices in Field-level Networks by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2014 to 2020
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Research Information

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Starting at USD 4500
Publish Date
2Q 2015
Code
AN-1979
Research Type
Application Analysis Report
Pages
22