Digital Transformation at the Industrial IoT Edge

Escalating Role of Software Extends to Industrial Network Infrastructure 

Industrial IoT EdgeIndustrial IoT (IIoT) edge hardware and software infrastructure is a primary enabler of digital transformation initiatives ranging from sustainability and electrification to regulatory compliance and security defense. Escalating functional requirements are coupled with the push to reduce operational and management complexity for the operations technology (OT) personnel tasked with deploying and managing edge infrastructure. 

Increasing software-driven functionality is likewise pushing suppliers to respond with new products and portfolio refreshes that support edge-to-cloud, edge compute, centralized management, and security.  In the network infrastructure realm, current manifestations include new operating system firmware, edge compute capabilities, and new software suites for centralized management, visibility, monitoring, diagnostics, and security policy implementation across network types. 

ARC Technology Adoption Survey December 2022

ARC Market Intelligence on Digital Transformation at the Industrial IoT Edge

Founded in 1986, ARC Advisory Group is the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities. We provide extensive market coverage of all aspects of the industrial IoT edge, ranging from edge and cloud software platforms to network infrastructure and endpoint devices. Strategic issues covered include:

  • What is and will be the role of the edge in the digital transformation of industry and cities?
  • How are automation suppliers using the edge to accelerate digital transformation objectives?
  • How will adoption of edge-native architectures impact traditional industrial automation?
  • How to leverage cloud benefits while using the edge to maintain operational integrity?
  • How do the roles of thick versus thin edge devices compare, and how does that impact selection requirements?
  • How should edge hardware and software suppliers differentiate themselves?
  • How will the increasing emphasis on subscriptions sales impact the market?

Industrial IoT Edge Insight

Industrial IoT Research Topics

ARC covers a broad spectrum of topics related to the Industrial Internet of Things.  Global Market Research is available for each of the topics below.  Technology Selection Guides are also available for several of the topics below.

Industrial IoT Edge Compute Software Platforms

  • Market data and scope:  region, industry, new vs. retrofit, platform execution environment, application execution environment, revenue type, customer type, sales channel, customer size
  • Market Research

Industrial IoT Gateways and Routers

  • Market data and scope:  units, average selling price, revenue type, region, industry, new vs. retrofit, network type, CPU, OS, application execution environment, use in edge computing, form factor, environmental rating, IEC 61850-3, EN 50155, Class 1 Division 2, ATEX, sales channel, customer type
  • Market Research

Industrial Cellular Routers

  • Market data and scope:  Cellular technology, public vs. private, fixed vs. mobile, CPU/OS, edge-to-cloud integration, use in edge compute, form factor, hazardous/environmental
  • Market Research
  • Technology Selection Guide

Industrial Ethernet Switches 

Industrial and Outdoor Wireless Access Points

  • Market data and scope:  new vs. retrofit, fixed vs. mobile, form factor, Wi-Fi standard, environmental
  • Market Research

Wireless Devices in Process Automation

IoT Cloud Application Platforms

  • Market data and scope:  software vs. services, industry, geography, customer
  • Market Research

Industrial/OT Cybersecurity

Industrial PCs

  • Market data and scope:  edge computing, gateway, HMI, logic control, vision
  • Market Research 

Industrial Private Networks (5G & 4G)

  • Market Data and Scope:  region, network type, hardware vs. software vs. services, network deployment
  • Market Research

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