Evolving challenges of powering industrial IoT applications

Author : Florian Haas | Director of Marketing | TRACO Power [contributing for Digi-Key Electronics]

02 December 2019

Figure 1. Power supplies for IIoT applications should be designed for ultra-low power consumption in standby mode. [Image source - TRACO Power]

There seem to be no limits for new ideas & potential business models based on evolving IoT technologies & solutions. But, while much IoT attention is focused on consumer electronics, as Florian Haas, Director of Marketing at power supply specialist, TRACO Power, contributing for Digi-Key Electronics tell us, in the industrial environment too, there is rapidly increasing demand for professional IoT applications.

This tutorial was originally featured in the Digi-Key Article Library and in the December 2019 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy each month.

Common characteristics include the ability to distribute intelligence by connecting various sensors and actuators with decentralised control. The ability to make them ‘smart’ derives from the fact that these sensors and actuators can collect and communicate data, and are designed to be managed with intelligence.

The market for industrial IoT (IIoT) applications will continue to expand as more applications evolve, including healthcare (including mobile/home-based devices), infrastructure, utilities, building/home automation and smart homes, vehicles, mobility and more. These professional IIoT trends will undoubtedly involve miniaturisation, mobility, robustness, efficiency (degrees of effectiveness), and the networking of electronic devices.

Figure 2. All components of a medical IoT application device need to be compliant with the relevant standard. [Image source - TRACO Power]

Safety-relevant industrial IoT applications are subject to strict regulatory guidelines, both for the engineer and for the components being used. This poses a great challenge for developers of industrial IoT applications. The use of certified, reliable and long-term available electronic components is critical, as they are often used in safety and function-critical applications. The professional support of component suppliers therefore plays a very important role...

To read the full version of this tutorial, visit the Digi-Key Article Library or read EPDT magazine's December 2019 digital issue.

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