As the digitization process of enterprises advances, the need to protect sensitive information and data is also becoming more pressing. In fact, digital transformation is not just about mere technological advancement: it is also about constant attention to the development of effective strategies to safeguard smart networks from potential cyber-attacks. In this sense, cybersecurity assumes primary importance and must be among the priorities of a company that really wants to call itself innovative and open to the future.
Speaking of 2022 cybersecurity-themed trends, Gartner calculated that by 2025, 45 percent of companies will have been victims of supply chain cyber-attacks. However, companies that adopt mesh architecture will be able to reduce the impact of individual attacks by up to 90%.
In this context, it is more critical than ever for companies to have frameworks that identify hacker attacks, protect technology systems, and detect and neutralize threats. An Industrial Internet of Things (I-IoT) system, in addition to optimizing the production process by making it more efficient, should also include strict security controls. The basic principles of cybersecurity (the so-called "CIA" criteria, Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability) are as valid as ever in an Industry 4.0 context in which, according to Niccolò De Carlo, CEO of Sensoworks, the best approach to create an effective and functional protection system is definitely a holistic one. In fact, attention to data collection, storage, and use must be part of a broader and more comprehensive cybersecurity perspective.
In light of an industrial scenario so fertile with digital opportunities and innovations, Sensoworks stands as a partner able to offer targeted solutions to enable companies to preside over the digital transition and, at the same time, ensure that their data is always adequately protected.
Indeed, security protocols and technologies are fundamental to Sensoworks: in addition to collecting, monitoring, and interpreting data from sensors connected to machinery and infrastructure, the platform is easily configured to best preserve sensitive information.
In addition, the entire production process is protected through blockchain technology, a shared structure that cannot be modified within which data is entered that, once entered, will not be tweaked or deleted— a guarantee of the correct information that is essential to ensure all-around cybersecurity.
We have seen how developing effective strategies to protect data and networks from potential cyber breaches is now imperative. At the same time, however, as Sensoworks CEO De Carlo reminds us, it is also necessary to study effective strategies for the physical security of the infrastructure.
An example of an architecture that involves both physical and technological structure might be an integrated water system. Here, through cyber-infrastructures such as smart water networks, IoT, data-science techniques, augmented intelligence, and, indeed, blockchain, it is possible to make more informed decisions in real-time precisely because of sensors and instrumentation that are in charge of securely collecting and transmitting data.
Thus, one can see how knowledge and data security act to support business decisions, while also giving greater awareness of water consumption and value.
"We are reaching 3.5 billion connected devices globally. Our use of most of these devices to date plays a strategic role for our country," De Carlo points out.
"Let's think for a moment about road infrastructure, power generation infrastructure. They are increasingly connected and need to be preserved from any kind of risk. Thanks to technologies like Sensoworks', it is possible to identify if a device, a sensor, a device is not working properly or if it has been intentionally tampered with."
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The consistent increase in data for all modern companies is one of the most important recent drivers towards the digital transition. Companies that do not yet collect data from their internal and external processes and for the various business units (from production to administrative offices) are destined to lag behind in the global competition.
At the same time, companies that have equipped themselves with modern machinery and latest generation sensors, which generate data relating to all the company's activities, realize that these data need to be further enhanced, compared with each other, and structured to obtain valuable information for the individual business. Among the most widespread enabling technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT) plays an increasingly important role.
The applications made possible by the IoT are many:
An industrial machine connected to the network, in fact, constantly releases data and information relating to a series of parameters (speed, energy consumption, oscillations, etc.) that can be used to optimize the production process, making it more efficient.
Doing industry, in the current economic and global context, is much more complex than in the recent past: consumers require less and less standardized products, and demand is characterized by little linearity and the presence of peaks. In the background, finally, there is a growing competition of actors from developing countries.
At the same time, environmental regulations are being strengthened, requiring producers to pay further attention to the characteristics of their production process.
In this context, the industrial machines necessary for production are required - on the one hand - to operate at a fast pace, in order to respect delivery dates, and - on the other - to possess the right degree of flexibility to respond to any input. external.
There are also indirect costs, but no less important: they are production stops for example, which can result in delays in deliveries, not to be underestimated in times of globalization and increased competitiveness. Finally, it is important to underline the importance of integration between production systems and systems dedicated to management (ERP): the former, in fact, are often in line with the commercial and accounting part, but not integrated for Planning and production ( MES).
The Sensoworks I-IoT platform includes all the components that make the connection to the machinery and, in general, to all the objects to be monitored in the IoT world (machinery, sensors, production line trolleys, final production products, etc.) .
The platform can be logically divided into two areas:
What are the functional benefits of the Sensoworks platform?
The functional advantages can be translated into Operational Benefits for the company:
In light of a fertile scenario of opportunities and digital innovations such as the one described, the need for technological support in the company is evident, capable of optimizing processes, identifying processes to streamline and sometimes even new business models more suited to new business habits. consumption.
Sensoworks is the ideal partner, able to offer targeted solutions for companies that want to start their digital transition path. To simplify the adoption of new technologies, Sensoworks has created a synthetic adoption plan, which ends in just 4 days from the start of the process, and makes the company completely independent in the use of its digital platform.
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WHAT IS THE INDUSTRIAL IOT?
To understand what Industrial IoT is, let’s first take a step back and explain in a nutshell what we mean when we say “Internet of Things”.
In 1999 Kevin Ashton, a researcher at the MIT in Boston, described the Internet of Things as a set of technologies that allows to control, monitor, and transfer information by connecting a device to the Internet.
The Industrial Internet of Things, usually abbreviated with IIoT, is therefore a verticalization of the broader concept of IoT, focused on the industrial ecosystem and enabled by technologies such as cybersecurity, cloud, edge computing, big-data analysis, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
According to a report signed by IndustryARC, the Industrial IoT market will reach 124 billion dollars by 2021 and should exceed 771 billion dollars by 2026. The CAGR (compound annual growth rate) in the period forecast 2018-2026, is instead estimated at 24.3%.
The key to this growth lies in the fact that data obtained in real time not only allows allow for better management of the production process, but also for better management of all the company assets, offering a clear and immediate picture of the company’s performance in all its areas.
IIoT SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE
The ordinary structure of an IIoT system is a modular architecture organized in 4 Levels:
ADVANTAGES OF INDUSTRIAL IOT
The high availability of data collected makes it possible to monitor and maintain (also in a predictive manner) strategic infrastructures. With AI and machine learning algorithms, we are able to generate estimates and forecasts on possible risks and suggest measures to take before failures occur.
For example, in the infrastructure sector, IoT sensors and predictive algorithms could allow the continuous monitoring of:
The result of Industrial IoT projects is the reduction of energy and maintenance costs, as well as the general improvement of business productivity and work quality.
CRITICALITY OF THE IIoT
However, these critical issues must not discourage investments in IIoT projects. The long-term benefits are extremely superior to the short-term efforts in terms of human and economic resources.
IIoT for Sensoworks
Well before the IoT became a research trend, Sensoworks' parent company (GreenVulcano) was already developing an IoT proprietary solution to offer this kind of services to its customers.
A leader in the integration market, thanks to an experience of more than 10 years, GreenVulcano has recently spun-off Sensoworks, to market its monitoring product: a cloud based (that can also be used on premise), plug and play, dedicated to the management, remote control and predictive maintenance solution able to monitor complex infrastructure systems.
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