Chapter 6

IoT in an Industrial Environment—Industrial Control Systems and Industry 4.0

Introduction

As it was mentioned in previous chapters, industries have been using different sorts of technologies for decades to make their processes more effective and efficient. By controlling and monitoring different aspects of a process in an automated or semiautomated fashion, it is possible to reduce throughput times, increase quality, and minimize waste. These types of systems, based on sensors, actuators, and controllers, are known as industrial control systems (ICS). Other names that you might have heard earlier which are related to this same concept are distributed control systems (DCS) and supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA). ...

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