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What It Takes to Be an IIoT Device

Written by
Kathleen Conroy
Published on
October 22, 2021 at 1:59:45 PM PDT October 22, 2021 at 1:59:45 PM PDTnd, October 22, 2021 at 1:59:45 PM PDT

What It Takes To Be An IIoT Device

What does it take to be an Industrial Internet of Things device? Products intended for industrial applications are built to meet challenges that their commercial counterparts will never have to face. An Industrial IoT device has to do a lot more than connect to the internet! An IIoT device must provide a high level of security and reliability, operate in harsh environments with little or no human intervention, and have a long product life-cycle. 


Industrial IoT devices are responsible for monitoring or managing end devices across industries. They’re found in factory floors, in streetlights, in oil fields and gas refineries, in municipal water systems, on trucks and busses and airplanes, and underground in mines. In all these various places, and more, these devices are collecting sensitive data and managing sensitive operations. Maintaining the security of that data and those operations is of paramount importance for our collective safety. Bad actors could do tremendous harm if they were able to access streetlight systems or municipal water systems. So, IIoT devices are specifically designed to control where data goes and who can access that data.

Reliability in harsh environments with little or no human interaction

The company or municipality that installs hundreds or thousands of IIoT devices across miles and miles of rough terrain, or deep underground, or high on lamp posts, does not want to have to send a human out to check on that device again for a long, long time. Many IIoT devices are managing or monitoring end devices in harsh environments where people don’t often go. So, IIoT devices are specifically designed to function reliably without having interaction with people.

Long Product LifeCycle

When you embed your IIoT device at the top of the streetlamp, or hundreds of miles out in the desert on your oil pipeline, you expect it to sit there and do its job for years. However, you know that lightning is going to strike a certain number of your devices, or fire could damage some installations. You have to know that an exact replacement for your device will be available years down the road from when you install it. So, IIoT devices are designed to be available for many years.

Our featured products this week rise to meet the challenges of the IIoT. 

The MIRO router from INSYS icom is a compact, robust, and highly secure industrial cellular router. INSYS icom ensures the security of all their routers by using only high-grade hardware components, a hardened Linux based operating system, and a number of built-in security functions, like network filters and firewall. All INSYS icom routers are built for use in industrial environments and are vibration and shock resistant and designed for extended temperature ranges.

The new MIRO router from INSYS icom! An industrial cellular router to securely connect your farflung devices to the IoT. Compact, durable, robust, and attractively priced! Check it out!

The Connect Tech Rudi-NX is a tough and compact super-computer that’s perfect for Industrial IoT applications. Rudi-NX is powered by the Jetson Xavier NX and delivers up to 21 TOPS at just 15W. It is only 135mm x 50mm x 105mm, and provides 2 x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, 1x USB OTG, SD card, optional GMSL, storage expansion via NVMe, wireless expansion, miscellaneous I/O including I2C, TTL, RS-485, SPI, PWM, GPIO, CAN as well as wide input power range of 9-36V DC. Fanless cooling and wide temperature range of -20°C to +80°C.

What is your industrial IoT application? Optical inspection, network video recorders, portable medical devices, sensors for factory logistics, production lines? The plug-and-play Rudi-NX from Connect Tech with NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX runs multiple neural networks in parallel and processes data from multiple high-resolution sensors simultaneously. It allows you to deploy immediately!

Innodisk began manufacturing industrial memory products in 2005 and soon saw that there was a need for embedded peripheral products that were equally reliable for industrial settings. All Innodisk embedded peripherals offer wide operating temperature ranges, are dust and vibration resistant, and feature long life-cycles. They offer a full set of signal conversion and expansion options to embedded systems in standard form factors including mPCIe and M.2. 

Add two Gigabit Ethernet ports to your system with @Innodisk_Corp's M.2 LAN module. The EGPL-G201 features an Intel chipset and adds 2x GbE ports to any system with an available M.2 2280 B-M socket.

The MultiTech Dragonfly Nano is a fully certified and MNO approved, ready-to-integrate module that can be used as either a cellular modem or System on Module. It offers developers the functionality of a programmable computing platform with the convenience of an onboard cellular radio all in a 28.96mm x 32.51mm (1.14 x 1.28 inches) module that is optimized for lower power consumption. The Dragonfly Nano features battery modes like Extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX) and Power Saving Mode (PSM) to extend battery life, and offers Operating Temperatures of -40° to +85° C.

It’s easy to embed cellular communication and edge computing capabilities with MultiTech’s Dragonfly Nano SoM. This tiny cellular modem w/ integrated Cortex-M4 processor & multiple I/O interfaces lets you turn any device into an IoT device!

As long as we are talking about the MultiTech Dragonfly Nano, I have to share with you this great YouTube video from Embedded Computing Design all about working with the Dragonfly and Dragonfly Nano Developer Kit.

And yes! we have the Dragonfly and Dargonfly Nano Developer Kit in stock!

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