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Is your industrial network future-ready?

Industrial networks face unique challenges today and will face more in the future.

Technology is always advancing and changing the way we conduct our lives. Not long ago, it would’ve been essential to carry a printed map and plan a route in advance when taking a road trip. Today, most rely on GPS devices and don’t have printed maps. It’s helpful to be ready for the next technology transformation before it becomes an operational bottleneck.  


Given the explosion of connected devices and experts forecasting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market will grow at 24% annually through 2023 –  it’s a good bet that industrial networks will need to be capable of processing and transmitting large amounts of data from many connected devices.  Learn more about how to prepare for the future of industrial networking below.


Learn how the world’s largest brewer implemented a future-ready network.  

Facing challenges

What does a future-ready network look like?

These are some trends impacting the way industrial networks are designed, implemented and operated.

The advances of Big Data, IIoT, the Cloud and more connected devices have increased the need to handle large amounts of data for a variety of applications. Speeds of 10/100 Mbit/s may no longer be enough for many applications like cameras and bulk data transfers. Moving to 10G (10,000 Mbit/s) or 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbit/s) throughout your network with managed layer 2 DIN rail (10G),  layer 3 DIN rail, layer 3 rack mount, managed layer 2 and unmanaged devices can position your network to meet future big data demands. Siemens offers significant options to implement a gigabit industrial network.

Communication Versatility


Having more connected devices often requires more than just high bandwidth data transmission. Implementing a network that is ready to handle a variety of communication protocols like PROFINET, E/IP, OPC UA, MQTT and newer technologies like Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) can avoid data incompatibility and network redesigns later. Siemens offers devices equipped for a variety of data.

Configuration Versatility

Networks need to be flexible to expand and adjust to system requirements such as more devices, transmission medium, bandwidth and network architecture updates. Port extenders, Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers, Near Field Communication (NFC), DHCP server IP assignment by port (if devices on the network change), and upgradeable devices from layer 2 to layer 3 can help navigate the waters of change to your operation. Easy device replacement with C-PLUG, KEY-PLUG or SCALANCE CLP removable data storage media that saves configuration data. Siemens Scalance (Scalable Excellence) switches are designed with flexibility in mind.

Managed switches provide transparency into the network to identify and prevent downtime. They can generate frames of data indicating performance and errors (diagnostics like IGMP Snooping), can be configured for availability protocols, and allow for segmenting networks to optimize data flow and avoid traffic collisions or lost packets.

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Industrial networks are growing more and more complex. Powerful industrial networks aren’t defined by hardware alone – the right network management is essential. The SINEC software family lets you get more out of your network and support security best practices. It offers you scalable software solutions to meet your needs in networks of various sizes in the area of Operational Technology (OT) – with up to tens of thousands of devices. With SINEC you can cover all the necessary applications for every aspect of network management, from initial commissioning of network components, monitoring, and management to using network services for the necessary infrastructure at a central level.


Security may be the most important aspect to the future of your network. Cyberattacks are on the rise due to sophisticated attackers and increased device connectivity capability. Assets, equipment, uptime, trade secrets, brand value, Intellectual Property and even personal safety need to be protected from malicious network intrusions, employee sabotage or accidental manipulation. It’s important to have a security strategy. Siemens can help you get started with an Industrial Network Security Assessment and be a partner to implement security solutions to keep your operation productive.


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Learn how to protect an industrial control system (ICS)

Securely connect to your industrial network from a distance. Stay safe and save significant time and money by allowing monitoring and troubleshooting immediately and without traveling on-site. There are multiple options to implement secure remote access. Contact a network security expert to help identify the right solution for your application or visit the full secure remote access site.

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Demonstration and webinar of secure remote access solution!

Recently recorded demonstration and webinar

See a recently recoreded demonstration and presentation on secure remote connectivity by Siemens using SINEMA Remote Connect

How does it work? Technical article

Technical article: How does SINEMA Remote Connect work?

Secure management platform for industrial networks

Understand how SINEMA Remote Connect is uniquely positioned to provide the security and flexibility required to help your operation save time and money with remote communication. 

IIoT connectivity packages

Secure cellular device, data plan and SIM card included

IIoT connectivity packages

Our new IIoT connectivity packages represent a secure solution that provides secure remote connectivity through 4G LTE cellular networks with SCALANCE M. This complete package offers a much more cost-effective solution for connecting to remote locations while at the same time greatly simplifying setup and installation. Furthermore, it eliminates the complexity of choosing wireless carriers and data plans while also providing a singular point of contact.

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Secure management platform for remote networks

Easy secure remote access with SINEMA Remote Connect

The SINEMA Remote Connect server application makes secured remote access to machines and plants easy, for example, for remote maintenance – even if the machines are integrated into third-party networks, like plants operated by the end customers of machine manufacturers.

Industrial network security

Industrial network security

Protect your industrial network

Siemens offers expertise, products and solutions to help you implement a security strategy. Whether you’re just beginning or looking to strengthen your security posture, we are prepared to help you plan and implement a holistic security strategy addressing people, process and technology.

Future-Ready industrial networks

Future-Ready industrial networks

Future-Ready industrial networks

Given the explosion of connected devices and experts forecasting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market will grow at 18% annually through 2024 –  it’s a good bet that industrial networks will need to be capable of processing and transmitting large amounts of data from many connected devices. 

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SCALANCE M secure cellular devices

Optimal connection to public or private networks with SCALANCE M

The SCALANCE M product range includes mobile wireless routers and routers for wired communication. These industrial routers can be used universally in all applications that require industrial remote access: for example, telecontrol and teleservice.

SCALANCE S security appliances

SCALANCE S security appliances

Technology to help secure your network: SCALANCE S

The SCALANCE S Industrial Security Appliances from help protect your network. In doing so, the appliances fulfill the special requirements of automation technology, like simple upgrading of existing plant, ease of commissioning, and minimum downtimes if a fault occurs. The various security measures can be flexibly combined with each other to suit specific security needs.

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Accessories for Remote Networks

From antennas to power supplies and PLUGs

Our extensive range of accessories supplements our product portfolio for remote networks. This means that you have everything you need to connect your plants, machines, and mobile applications via remote networks. 



A global standard in secure access management systems

Tailored to the needs of industrial and utility asset owners, this scalable solution provides secure, compliant access to all your Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) and associated files. A cybersecurity solution, RUGGEDCOM CROSSBOW is compliant with multiple cybersecurity standards including the NERC CIP.

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Video explanation and overview of secure remote access

See how the secure remote platform provides a full solution.

It's important to have a strong network backbone to effectively communicate operational or production data to the IT or enterprise network in order to capitalize on the increased connectedness of machines and greater access to data. Industrial enterprises require a deep, cross-functional and proactive collaborative approach that combines the respective intellectual power, know-how and experience of both IT and OT teams to make today’s industrial operations fully digital enterprises. Siemens network experts and portfolio are well equipped to help you on your IT / OT collaboration journey.

Case Study

Constellation Brands (CBI) Nava Brewery

Learn how CBI implemented a future-ready network with network monitoring, segmentation, Gigabit speed and a repeatable network architecture.

Constellation Brands, Inc. is among the world’s top manufacturers and marketers of spirits, wine, and beer and the third largest beer company in the U.S. When it came time to expand plant capacity at its Nava brewery by 250 percent in three years, it looked at the deployment of a comprehensive, standardized communications network. The undertaking required consult on a design, along with implementation along packaging lines, laser-guided automated transport vehicles and high-density storage facilities – all with security, redundancy, scalability, and management and remote monitoring capability.

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