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Industrial Automation and Wireless IoTis the third strategy report from Berg Insight analysing the latest
developments on the market for wireless IoT applicationsin industrial automation worldwide.
This strategic research report from Berg Insight providesyou with 150 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base your business decisions.
Highlights from this report:
Insightsfrom numerous executive interviews with market leading companies.
360-degree overviewof the IoT ecosystem in the industrial automation industry.
Comprehensive overviewof key applications for wireless IoT solutions in industrial automation.
In-depth analysisof market trends and key developments.
Detailedprofiles of over 60 key players in this market.
Updated forecastsby wireless technology, region, market vertical and device segment lasting until 2021.
Bright times ahead for wireless IoT in industrial automation apps
Wireless connectivity is instrumental in the Internet of Things era and
the use of wireless solutions in industrial automation is increasing
rapidly at all levels of automation systems. Industrial automation
systems utilize wireless communication to connect remote and local
facilities and equipment to increase operational efficiency. A wireless
automation system contains a mix of network technologies, equipment
and systems including enterprise and automation systems, network
equipment, control devices and field devices. The most common
wireless technologies in industrial automation include cellular, 802.11.x
Wi-Fi, proprietary unlicensed ISM radio, Bluetooth, various LPWAN
technologies and 802.15.4 based protocols such as WirelessHART,
ISA100.11a and ZigBee.
Berg Insight estimates that shipments of wireless devices for industrial
automation applications including both network and automation
equipment reached 4.8 million units worldwide in 2015. Growing at a
compound annual growth rate of 25.1 percent, shipments are expected
to reach 18.3 million by 2021. The installed base of wireless devices
in industrial applications is forecasted to grow at a compound annual
growth rate of 27.7 percent from 14.3 million connections at the end of
2015 to 62.0 million devices by 2021. Wi-Fi is widely used for backbone
communications as well as in monitoring and control applications within
factory automation where Industrial Ethernet has got a strongfoothold.
Bluetooth is also popular – often as a point-to-point wire-replacement
between for example a mobile HMI solution and a field device or control
unit. 802.15.4 networks are often used to connect wireless sensors and
instrumentation in process automation. Cellular connectivity is typically
used for backhaul communication between plants, connecting remote
devices in long haul SCADA applications and for third party access to
machinery and robots. LPWAN technologies are increasingly used in
certain low data, long range applications. Most of the major vendors
of wireless IoT devices in industrial automation offer a wide range of
devices with various wireless technologies in order to support many
Global automation solution providers such as Siemens, Emerson,
GE, ABB, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Yokogawa and Rockwell
Automation are all major providers of wireless solutions to the
automation industry. As wireless solutions have become increasingly
popular, more and more major automation equipment and solution
vendors are offering wireless technology as part of their solutions. Eaton
is a major provider of Wi-Fi and cellular devices for industrial automation
applications and Endress+Hauser and Pepperl+Fuchs are successful
vendors of 802.15.4 devices. National Instruments offers a wide range
of measurement and control equipment featuring embedded Bluetooth
and Wi-Fi. Advantech, Murata and Kontron offer many of their automation
products as well as their network infrastructure equipment with WPAN,
WLAN and WWAN options.
Industrial communication specialists offer equipment and solutions for
industrial automation networks and wireless is becoming a natural part
of many major vendors’ offerings. Phoenix Contact, Belden, Laird, Wago
and Weidmüller are major vendors within industrial communications
with thousands of employees which all have incorporated one or more
wireless standards in their offerings. Red Lion, Softing, HMS Networks,
Westermo, Moxa, FreeWave Technologies and B+B SmartWorx are
industrial communication specialists renowned for their wireless offerings.
Cisco is one of the largest vendors of communication infrastructure
equipment and provides wireless WPAN, WLAN and WWAN devices
to a wide range of industries, including industrial automation. Sierra
Wireless, Telit, CalAmp and Digi International are major cellular M2M
device vendors which provide products and solutions to the industrial
Companies are now deepening the integration between industrial
automation systems and enterprise applications and the promise of IoT
is getting more tangible by the day. Large multinational corporations are
beginning to systematically develop and adopt best practices to maximise
the benefits of IoT technology in every part of their organisations. IT/OT
convergence, smart factories, Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of
Things are concepts which are part of the ongoing evolution of industrial
automation. Innovation in sensors, wireless connectivity, collaborative
robots, big data and cloud solutions along with seamless exchange of
information between devices, systems and people paves the way for
improved performance, flexibility and responsiveness throughout the
enterprise value chain.
This report answers the following questions:
Which are the major applications for wireless IoT in industrial automation?
Which are the leading wireless IoT solution providers for industrial automation applications?
What offerings are available from device vendors and service providers?
What are the key drivers behind the adoption of wireless IoT in industrial automation?
What impact will technology advancements have on the market?
How will the market evolve in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe?
Why is Big Data analytics and cloud solutions crucial for the future of wireless connectivity in industrial automation?
How will connectivity strategies in industrial automation evolve in the future?