The Industrial Internet of Things is becoming a reality. With more and more companies looking to leverage the IIoT to improve safety and productivity, how do we implement such connectivity in our hazardous areas?

This paper will look at the requirements of hazardous areas and why IIoT technologies could pose a risk. It will identify the relevant protocols and hazardous area standards that could impact your IIoT strategy, including the most common methods of certifying equipment and their advantages and disadvantages. The presentation will also look at other factors for process industries, such as site size, existing infrastructure, work patterns, and environmental conditions.

Some of the key technologies that can be used for communication on process industry sites will be outlined, such as Wi-Fi networking, 4G / LTE telecommunications, Ultra-Wide Band (UWB), and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). This includes diving deeper into their benefits and drawbacks, as well as identifying which technology is most suited to your different use cases. Case studies will also show different technologies in use, as well as how the technologies can work alongside each other for true IIoT integration.

Your communication network is only part of your IIoT story, so this paper will discuss complementary technologies like Bluetooth, RFID, and smart mobile devices. It will also show how they contribute towards a cohesive Internet of Things or Industry 4.0 approach to operational needs, as well as providing case studies of how end users have leveraged connectivity on their sites to improve productivity, asset management, and worker safety. 

Finally, delegates will be walked through some initial steps that can be taken towards full Internet of Things connectivity, and how you can leverage it for improved ROI and future-proof technology integration. This paper will help you plan for IIoT success – identifying key goals, how to choose the technology or technologies that’ll help you succeed, and how to safely rollout that out across ATEX, IECEx, and North American hazardous areas of varying categories.

Glynn Warren

A technical expert with over 20 years’ experience working with hazardous area electrical equipment, Glynn Warren is keen to share his knowledge of wireless and RFID technologies in particular. Having previously worked at Newson Gale and Cooper MEDC as well as Extronics, Glynn is committed to helping customers identify the right solution for their application and supporting them to achieve success.

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