Communication networks for Industrie 4.0
Industrial digitalization is proceeding inexorably. The resulting opportunities and potential are enormous – assuming the availability of reliable and future-proof communication networks.
Digitalization requires a powerful communication infrastructureIn 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.
Backbone of the Digital EnterpriseDigitalization 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.
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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