Due to the growing number, variety and complexity of medical devices, BK Medical, a manufacturer of diagnostic ultrasound systems, needed to integrate its standalone ultrasound systems into multiple, distributed hospital care systems as well as research laboratories. By using a data-centric mechanism, the company was able to ensure a loose-coupling between these system elements to readily address the challenge of mixing real-time communications with IT infrastructure. In turn, BK Medical can develop features for its ultrasound system technologies independently, easily integrating across distributed systems, without losing current functionalities, reliability and performance.
Keep your eye on the prize
IIoT is no longer in the infancy stage, nor is it a part of the distant future. In fact, IIoT is fast becoming a mainstay for industries, enterprises and consumers alike. For the many, IIoT possibilities are within sight. Industry players, including technology providers and manufacturers, must move in unison to collaboratively design, build and measure solid IoT solutions for industrial systems. Organisations need to carry out 'test beds' on IIoT standards and technologies to ensure they work in real life scenarios. Only then will they be able to discover disruptive, transformational business outcomes. For example, Industrial Internet Consortium's Asset Efficiency Test Bed. This test bed enables the automatic detection, diagnosis, prognosis and mitigation of an aircraft's health to ensure flight safety and reduce overall operational and maintenance costs.
For Asia to propel the IIoT industry further, organisations need to work towards prioritising and standardising interoperability requirements among connected devices and machines to overcome heterogeneous protocols and architectures. Based on the key learnings and innovation resulting from these 'test beds', organisations will be better equipped to embed sufficient security protocols - such as Data Distribution Service protocol and threat modelling - into applications at every single level across the entire industrial Internet. This is also paramount in making sure IIoT succeeds.
As IIoT becomes better defined and developed, it is set to further transform how industries operate through intelligent, interconnected objects that dramatically improve performance and security, lower operating costs and increase reliability. The prize we are looking at is more impactful IoT applications that can and will be created for businesses as well as end-users.
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