As IT companies are touting the $10 trillion to $20 trillion potential of Internet-connected devices, many market players are confused. Two key applications for connected devices are manufacturing processes and building systems, both of which have not fully leveraged networks to monitor, analyze, and act on collected data to manage their huge primary energy inputs. In this report, we evaluate the protocols used to manage machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, at the middleware level, and wirelessly at the transport level. We then map the disruptive potential of each of these communication modes across various sensing and control applications across building systems and manufacturing processes. While we predict open protocols will succeed, they will be a partial solution, as there is no one size fits all protocol. This analysis considers the mix of as hardware makers must closely scrutinize power inputs, security, range, and network topology end users and hardware developers must consider to enable a true industrial internet.
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