From wiring high-speed trains to making buildings smarter, the Industrial Internet of Things is cooler than you think

April 22, 2019
Updated: May 1, 2019
Written by Mike Thomas

A subset of the far more sprawling Internet of Things, the Internet of Industrial Things (IIoT) is a network of connected devices that collect and transmit data. That data is then analyzed to extract insights that will optimize various manufacturing and commercial processes. Potential upsides include improved safety, cost savings and streamlined operations.

“The technology that powers an organization has become just as essential to success as the product or service a venture provides,” tech entrepreneur Leon Hounshell wrote in Forbes. “Every sector — from finance to agriculture to transportation to healthcare to government to media — is subject to this truth. Business technology must now interconnect people with the proliferating devices, data and systems that populate our digitalized world via the internet.

“The type of infrastructure that enables a business to address this evolution is dubbed the industrial internet of things,” Hounshell continued, “but it really isn’t a separate concern. It’s all part of the same movement pushing modern commerce into its future state.”

Here are 31 companies using the IIoT to do just that.

 

ThetaRay industrial internet of things
ThetaRay

ThetaRay

Industry: Financial, Industrial

Location: New York, New York

How it’s using the IIoT: ThetaRay’s IIoT threat detection technology helps companies guard their production processes, safety and revenues by deploying rapidly to eliminate unplanned downtime while reducing operational costs.

 

Augury industrial internet of things
Augury

Augury

Industry: Manufacturing, Service

Location: New York, New York

How it’s using the IIoT: Augury uses AI and the IIoT to to make machines with mechanical nervous systems that are able to, in effect, maintain their own health. The company’s sensors give malfunction alerts and monitor even small changes, sending feedback via Augury’s online management platform to any internet-connected device.

 

Plataine industrial internet of things
Plataine

Plataine

Industry: Aerospace, Automotive, Manufacturing

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

How it’s using the IIoT: Plataine employs proprietary optimization algorithms to provide intelligent automation services (tracking raw materials, production scheduling, etc.) that help companies make quality improvements, reduce waste and gain more insight into the manufacturing process. Its IIoT-enabled technology integrates with a company’s existing infrastructure.

 

Embue industrial internet of things
Embue

Embue

Industry: Real Estate

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

How it’s using the IIoT: Embue’s IIoT smart building technology lets building owners and managers know what’s happening with on-site equipment and the indoor environment. Residents get the benefit of IIoT-enabled devices that include the Embue thermostat, sensor, leak detector and shut-off valve controller, smart wall outlet, smart controller and smart core. The company also makes a temperature probe and an HVAC management module.

 

Cartasite industrial internet of things
Cartasite

Cartasite

Industry: Energy, Manufacturing

Location: Denver, Colorado

How it’s using the IIoT: Cartaside provides IIoT sensing technology for safer and more efficient fleet and produced water management, worker safety, asset tracking and more. Additionally, its digital mobile tools driveTIME and fieldTICKET eliminate the need for handwritten records, logs, work orders and other forms.

 

Axzon industrial internet of things
Axzon

Axzon

Industry: Automotive

Location: Austin, Texas

How it’s using the IIoT: Axzon’s integrated circuits are used in radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and passive wireless sensors. As part of its edge-to-edge processing, the raw data that’s collected is transformed into actionable insights using proprietary algorithms on the company’s versatile IIoT platform.

 

Linx Global Manufacturing industrial internet of things
Linx Global Manufacturing

Linx Global Manufacturing

Industry: Chemical, Automotive, Healthcare

Location: Chicago, Illinois

How it’s using the IIoT: Linx is a design, engineering and manufacturing enterprise that makes automation machinery and IIoT equipment for a wide variety of industries. Billing itself as a “one-stop shop,” Linx handles projects from concept to completion.

 

Noribachi industrial internet of things
Noribachi

Noribachi

Industry: Manufacturing, Entertainment, Aviation

Location: Los Angeles, California

How it’s using the IIoT: Noribachi makes smart LED lighting for high-output commercial and industrial applications as well as modular light engines that can integrate LED systems anywhere via retrofit or new installation. 

 

Valarm industrial internet of things
Valarm

Valarm

Industry: Industrial Equipment, Cleantech, Civil Engineering

Location: Los Angeles, California

How it's using the IIoT: Valarm’s services include remote monitoring, telemetry, sensors and IIoT devices. Its open platform, Tools.Valarm.net, can accommodate an array of different sensors. The company’s devices have been used in many scenarios, including for water level and flood monitoring warning systems in the Chesapeake Bay area and water well management.

 

SmartCSM industrial internet of things
SmartCSM

SmartCSM

Industry: Manufacturing, Healthcare, Government

Location: Los Angeles, California

How it’s using the IIoT: SmartCSM provides digital “as build” maps as well as databases that track building activity, plans, as-builts, assets, documentations, electrical assets, maintenance and other aspects of the construction process — all of it accessible from anywhere via Android or iOS device.

 

Tenna industrial internet of things
Tenna LLC

Tenna LLC

Industry: Construction, Landscaping, Energy

Location: New York, New York

How it’s using the IIoT: Tenna connects equipment to its cloud-based asset management system in part by using IIoT-connected GPS asset trackers. Telematics data collected includes location, speed, fault codes, engine hours, computer engine diagnostics and more — all of it read through a vehicle’s onboard monitor and accessed/transmitted through the IIoT via GPS and cell trackers.

 

Fluidmesh Networks industrial internet of things
Fluidmesh Networks

Fluidmesh Networks

Industry: Transportation, Industrial

Location: Brooklyn, New York

How it’s using the IIoT: Fluidmesh brings connectivity to challenging places, including high-speed moving vehicles and trains, large-scale industrial sites, distributed infrastructures and complex urban environments. The company’s wireless products facilitate IIoT applications that include smart cities, urban video-surveillance, connected vehicles and trains and industrial automation.

 

Bayshore Networks industrial internet of things
Bayshore Networks

Bayshore Networks

Industry: Public Utilities, Energy, Healthcare

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

How it’s using the IIoT: Bayshore Networks provides cybersecurity services for the IIoT. Its automated Learning Engine culls and learns from operational technology network activity to prepare responses and policies. The company’s Industrial Cyber Protection solution facilitates the secure sharing of industrial data and prevents cyber threats.

 

Foghorn Systems industrial internet of things
Foghorn Systems

Foghorn Systems

Industry: Manufacturing, Energy

Location: Sunnyvale, California

How it's using the IIoT: FogHorn Systems makes software for industrial and commercial IoT applications. The company’s platform provides advanced analytics and machine learning to industrial clients in manufacturing, oil and gas, power and water, renewable energy, mining, transportation and more.

 

Johnson Controls industrial internet of things
Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls

Industry: Government, Healthcare, Transportation

Location: Milwaukee, Wis.

How it's using the IIoT: Johnson Controls provides IIoT services for the building, automotive and power sectors. It’s Smart Connected Chillers — used to cool large buildings — transmit data that’s then analyzed by human experts so buildings run efficiently and maintain comfortable temperatures. Technicians can also keep tabs on the condition of these chillers and get alerts about active or potential issues. Johnson’s smart thermostats monitor air quality and transmit data that lets customers better understand their energy usage — and save money as a result.

 

KMC Controls industrial internet of things
KMC Controls

KMC Controls

Industry: Industrial, Healthcare, Retail

Location: New Paris, Indiana

How it's using the IIoT: KMC Controls connects its customers to commercial-grade building systems, meters, sensors and infrastructure via the IIoT.

 

Maana industrial internet of things
Maana

Maana

Industry: Industrial, Energy

Location: Palo Alto, California

How it’s using the IIoT: Maana’s Computational Knowledge Graph more quickly extracts knowledge from data silos to optimize a company’s assets and processes by revealing previously unknown relationships. In addition, its platform lets users “create structural models from enterprise data and blend that with computational models that mathematically encode human expertise and are trained by subject-matter experts.”

 

SparkCognition industrial internet of things
SparkCognition

SparkCognition

Industry: AI, Cybersecurity, Big Data

Location: Austin, Texas

How it’s using the IIoT: SparkCognition builds and deploys a data-driven analytics platform for clouds, devices and the IIoT via proprietary AI algorithms. Its technology continuously learns from real-time infrastructure data to improve risk mitigation and disaster-prevention policies.

 

BioInspira industrial internet of things
BioInspira

BioInspira

Industry: Industrial, Healthcare, Transportation

Location: Berkeley, California

How it’s using the IIoT: BioInspira is a materials science company that employs biology to develop sensors for the real-time detection and analysis of air chemicals in an array of industries. Its evolving sensor platform offers advanced detection of many airborne chemicals.

 

NextInput industrial internet of things
NextInput

NextInput

Industry: Industrial, Healthcare

Location: Mountain View, California

How it’s using IIoT: NextInput makes panel force-sensing switches and buttons for IIoT connected devices that can be used on any substrate (glass, plastic, metal) and are responsive to a variety of touch-screen instruments and even gloved hands.

 

Tulip industrial internet of things
Tulip

Tulip

Industry: Manufacturing

Location: Somerville, Massachusetts

How it’s using IIoT: Tulip’s software platform lets sensors, cameras and other IoT hardware communicate in a plug-and-play environment so users can get a detailed overview of problem areas on the floor that need to be addressed. Additionally, manufacturers can use Tulip’s technology for interactive work instructions, automatic data collection, quality control, audits, machine monitoring and training.

 

Filament industrial internet of things
Filament

Filament

Industry: Manufacturing, Energy

Location: Reno, Nev.

How it’s using IIoT: Filament’s Blocklet application software and Blocklet Chip hardware solutions let IIoT-connected machines and devices transparently process and record transactions on a blockchain. Applications include the encrypted signing of device data and the authorization and the real-time signing transactions between machines.

 

C3 industrial internet of things
C3

C3

Industry: Financial, Healthcare, Energy

Location: Redwood City, California

How it’s using IIoT: C3’s AI and IoT software platform can read data from an array of connected IIoT devices and make recommendations on supply chain management or maintenance issues. The company’s C3 Type System is designed to greatly improve the productivity of application developers and data scientists.

 

 

falkonry industrial internet of things iiot companies
Falkonry

Falkonry

Industry: Manufacturing, Energy, Mining & Metals

Location: Sunnyvale, Calif.

How it’s using the IIoT: Falkonry makes machine learning software for manufacturing and other industrial operations. The machine learning system integrates with a company’s existing data and infrastructure to provide predictive analytics across different processes and assets. The software acts as a data scientist, identifying and predicting behaviors while also providing teams with explanations for those behaviors.

 

arundo industrial internet things iiot companies
Arundo

Arundo

Industry: Software, Maritime, Energy

Location: Palo Alto, California

How it’s using the IIoT: Arundo provides industrial companies with advanced analytics and machine learning applications that allow teams to better understand physical operations, reduce costs, boost revenue and mitigate risk. Built specifically for industrial users, Arundo’s software helps asset-heavy industries access analytics in remote or disconnected environments in which maritime, energy and oil & gas teams often operate.

 

altizon industrial internet of things iiot companies
Altizon

Altizon

Industry: Manufacturing, Energy, Automotive

Location: Scotts Valley, California

How it’s using the IIoT: Altizon's IIoT software suite that lets companies safely connect and process data to identify and understand operational impacts on business. Alizon’s platform, Datonis, helps enterprises link and manage devices, stream analytics and connect plant-floor systems, among many other functions.

 

claroty industrial internet of things iiot companies
Claroty

Claroty

Industry: Cybersecurity

Location: New York, New York

How it’s using the IIoT: Claroty is a comprehensive cybersecurity platform for detecting and eliminating threats. It protects industrial control networks and can be used by many different industries, including manufacturing, chemical and transportation. 
 

iotium industrial internet of things iiot companies
IoTium

IoTium

Industry: Software

Location: Santa Clara, California

How it’s using the IIoT: IoTium is a software company that offers converged infrastructure for IIoT. The platform allows industrial companies to securely connect legacy systems to cloud applications, which gives users access to new data and analytics as well a better understanding of operational and business processes.

 

litmus industrial internet of things iiot companies
Litmus

Litmus

Industry: Manufacturing, Software

Location: San Jose, California

How it’s using the IIoT: Litmus creates software that connects industrial devices, both legacy and modern, so industrial companies can access data in real time. The platform works from the edge to the cloud, allowing businesses to manage the entire lifecycle of IoT deployments. With three global offices, Litmus works with leading Fortune 500 companies like Nissan, Intel and Mitsubishi.  

 

seeq industrial internet of things iiot companies
Seeq

Seeq

Industry: Software

Location: Seattle, Washington

How it’s using the IIoT: Seeq's advanced analytics platform for process manufacturing data offers solutions specifically designed for the IIoT industry. It provides companies with analytics from sensors and wireless networks, augments supply chain visibility and allows them to remotely monitor assets and operations. 

 

xage security industrial internet of things companies
Xage Security

Xage Security

Industry: Software, Cybersecurity

Location: Palo Alto, California

How it’s using the IIoT: Xage Security provides decentralized blockchain and encryption solutions for industrial operations like energy, manufacturing, mining and transportation. The solutions include asset tracking, secure local and remote access as well as authentication for apps, machines and people.

 

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