Industrial Automation and Wireless IoT – 3rd Edition
Industrial Automation and Wireless IoT is the third
strategy report from Berg Insight analysing the latest
developments on the market for wireless IoT applications
in industrial automation worldwide.
This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides
you with 150 pages of unique business intelligence
including 5-year industry forecasts and expert
commentary on which to base your business decisions.
Highlights from this report:
Insights from numerous executive interviews with
market leading companies.
360-degree overview of the IoT ecosystem in the
industrial automation industry.
Comprehensive overview of key applications for
wireless IoT solutions in industrial automation.
In-depth analysis of market trends and key
Detailed profiles of over 60 key players in this market.
Updated forecasts by wireless technology, region,
market vertical and device segment lasting until 2021.
This report answers the following questions:
Which are the major applications for wireless IoT in industrial
Which are the leading wireless IoT solution providers for
industrial automation applications?
What offerings are available from device vendors and service
What are the key drivers behind the adoption of wireless IoT in
What impact will technology advancements have on the
How will the market evolve in North America, Asia-Pacific and
Why is Big Data analytics and cloud solutions crucial for the
future of wireless connectivity in industrial automation?
How will connectivity strategies in industrial automation
evolve in the future?
Wireless connectivity is instrumental in the Internet of Things era and the use of wireless
solutions in industrial automation is increasing rapidly at all levels of automation systems.
Industrial automation systems utilize wireless communication to connect remote and local
facilities and equipment to increase operational efficiency. A wireless automation system
contains a mix of network technologies, equipment and systems including enterprise and
automation systems, network equipment, control devices and field devices. The most
common wireless technologies in industrial automation include cellular, 802.11.x Wi-Fi,
proprietary unlicensed ISM radio, Bluetooth, various LPWAN technologies and 802.15.4
based protocols such as WirelessHART, ISA100.11a and ZigBee.
Berg Insight estimates that shipments of wireless devices for industrial automation
applications including both network and automation equipment reached 4.8 million units
worldwide in 2015. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 25.1 percent, shipments
are expected to reach 18.3 million by 2021. The installed base of wireless devices in industrial
applications is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 27.7 percent from
14.3 million connections at the end of 2015 to 62.0 million devices by 2021. Wi-Fi is widely
used for backbone communications as well as in monitoring and control applications within
factory automation where Industrial Ethernet has got a strong foothold. Bluetooth is also
popular – often as a point-to-point wire-replacement between for example a mobile HMI
solution and a field device or control unit. 802.15.4 networks are often used to connect
wireless sensors and instrumentation in process automation. Cellular connectivity is typically
used for backhaul communication between plants, connecting remote devices in long haul
SCADA applications and for third party access to machinery and robots. LPWAN
technologies are increasingly used in certain low data, long range applications. Most of the
major vendors of wireless IoT devices in industrial automation offer a wide range of devices
with various wireless technologies in order to support many different applications.
Global automation solution providers such as Siemens, Emerson, GE, ABB, Honeywell,
Schneider Electric, Yokogawa and Rockwell Automation are all major providers of wireless
solutions to the automation industry. As wireless solutions have become increasingly popular,
more and more major automation equipment and solution vendors are offering wireless
technology as part of their solutions. Eaton is a major provider of Wi-Fi and cellular devices
for industrial automation applications and Endress+Hauser and Pepperl+Fuchs are
successful vendors of 802.15.4 devices. National Instruments offers a wide range of
measurement and control equipment featuring embedded Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Advantech,
Murata and Kontron offer many of their automation products as well as their network
infrastructure equipment with WPAN, WLAN and WWAN options.
Industrial communication specialists offer equipment and solutions for industrial automation
networks and wireless is becoming a natural part of many major vendors’ offerings. Phoenix
Contact, Belden, Laird, Wago and Weidmüller are major vendors within industrial
communications with thousands of employees which all have incorporated one or more
wireless standards in their offerings. Red Lion, Softing, HMS Networks, Westermo, Moxa,
FreeWave Technologies and B+B SmartWorx are industrial communication specialists
renowned for their wireless offerings. Cisco is one of the largest vendors of communication
infrastructure equipment and provides wireless WPAN, WLAN and WWAN devices to a wide
range of industries, including industrial automation. Sierra Wireless, Telit, CalAmp and Digi
International are major cellular M2M device vendors which provide products and solutions to
the industrial automation industry.
Companies are now deepening the integration between industrial automation systems and
enterprise applications and the promise of IoT is getting more tangible by the day. Large
multinational corporations are beginning to systematically develop and adopt best practices
to maximise the benefits of IoT technology in every part of their organisations. IT/OT
convergence, smart factories, Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things are concepts
which are part of the ongoing evolution of industrial automation. Innovation in sensors,
wireless connectivity, collaborative robots, big data and cloud solutions along with seamless
exchange of information between devices, systems and people paves the way for improved
performance, flexibility and responsiveness throughout the enterprise value chain.
About the Author
Johan Svanberg is a Senior Analyst with a Master’s
degree from Chalmers University of Technology. He joined
Berg Insight in 2007 and his areas of expertise include
connected wearables, Industrial Internet-of-Things and
wireless M2M markets.
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