As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) rapidly drives up the number of connected devices in facilities, everything – from the plant floor, to oil rigs, to substations – is transforming. This transformation includes an increase in the use of industrial wireless for a number of applications.
For example, wireless connections are being used more and more for things like data collection, access to remote equipment and connecting portable equipment to the plant network.
You may want to leverage industrial wireless to realize the efficiencies promised by IIoT, but are hesitant to move forward. Why? Perhaps you’ve tried wireless in the past and it just didn’t work out how you hoped in terms of reliability or security.
Well, if that were the case, I urge you now to reconsider. Wireless technology and standards have vastly improved and today it is possible to deploy robust, reliable, secure industrial wireless solutions.
Industrial wireless can provide a payback when used to communicate with moving equipment. In this type of application physical wiring may be impossible or fail too often.
An effective industrial wireless solution includes today’s top technologies. These features will allow your industrial wireless network to meet your needs for:
In order to design a secure industrial wireless network, we like to follow what we call the “Golden Rule of Industrial Wireless Security.” The golden rule – deploy securely, monitor regularly – suggests that you consider several aspects before deploying your network, such as protecting network devices, misconfigured devices, Denial of Service (DoS) potentials or accidental vulnerabilities. Taking these things into account will help you to achieve the first part of the golden rule, deploy securely.
The second part of the golden rule, monitor regularly, reinforces the fact that our industry is constantly changing. New security threats or accidental security incidents appear daily. Therefore, establishing a process to regularly monitor and update your system is critical to your wireless security.
Letting go of your fears about wireless networking will allow you to truly realize the benefits of IIoT, including reducing costs and improving uptime for your facility.
Belden Products for Industrial Wireless