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Architecting the Industrial Internet by Carla Romano, Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Nath

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The multi-tier IIoT architecture

Next, we will take a look at the tiers of the architecture and how they interact to produce the desired system behaviors. In subsequent chapters of this book, we will provide guidance on how to simplify the design and analysis of the subsystems and foster their reusability.

The most commonly used reference architectures for the Industrial Internet and IIoT have three-tiers: Edge tier, Platform tier, and Enterprise tier. The commonly used definitions of the three tiers are as follows:

  • Edge tier: The Edge tier collects data from the deployed machines (the sources of data) using various connection types. The architectural concerns for the Edge tier can include the nature of sensors and the machines or devices ...

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