Communication networks for Industrie 4.0

A graphic visualizes the rapid growth of machines capable of communication in the future industrial Internet of Things. At the center of the graphic is "15 billion" - oversized. Below, in a green circle, is the year "2020". Arising from this circle, arrows radiate, flanked by icons with theme reference - e.g. Symbols for IT security, for pumps and valves etc.

Industrial digitalization is proceeding inexorably. The resulting opportunities and potential are enormous – assuming the availability of reliable and future-proof communication networks.

The role of the industrial backbone for the enterprise-wide data highway

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Industrial Internet of Things

Digitalization requires a powerful communication infrastructure

In the future Internet of Things, communications-capable machines will be the most common type of device. The volume of data will also enjoy substantial growth. This highlights the fact that digitalization is possible only in combination with powerful data communications.

Equipped for the Internet of Things

Powerful and future-proof communication networks are indispensable for a successful digital transformation. They enable all assets involved in the value-added process to be seamlessly integrated – for a seamless exchange of data both horizontally and vertically. And they can grow along with the increasing volumes of data. 

Digital Enterprise

Backbone of the Digital Enterprise

Digitalization opens up totally new perspectives for industry, including the predictive planning and optimization of manufacturing processes, improvement of the resource and cost efficiency of process plants, and the implementation of trail-blazing strategies for the energy supply system.

Continuous exchange of information in real time

The vision of complete digitalization is based on nothing else than the fact that the real world is simulated in a virtual reality. To this end, data and information is continuously read from sensors, electronic devices, machines, and systems and transmitted to intelligent systems that create a digital image of the actual environment.


End-to-end digitalization is the result of consistent data integration. Data integration forms the basis for developing a digital image of the entire value chain. Industrial communication networks form the basis for effective machine-to-machine communication and data integration over the entire value chain. A reliable and continuous exchange of information is an essential element – in real time and at all company levels. 


Find out more: Industrial communication as the basis for new digital business models.

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Powerful communication networks are an important precondition for the digitalization of industry.
Herbert Wegmann, General Manager Industrial Communication and Identification, Siemens
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Network security

Networks must be protected

IT security is growing in importance with the increase in Ethernet-based networking through to the field level.

Cyber attacks against automation systems must be avoided at all costs because, in the worst case, they can threaten both people and the environment. Our response to this drawback of digitalization: Defense in Depth, which provides end-to-end and multi-level protection of plants against external and internal attacks. 

Practical solutions for securing industrial control systems and tips on what needs to be taken into account.

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Real-world success stories

Around the world, companies from all industries rely on our skills in designing and implementing future-proof communication networks – knowing that they are fulfilling an essential prerequisite for the lasting improvement of their competitiveness.

The industrial backbone plays an “intermediary” for an enterprise-wide data highway

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