Industrial Internet of Things (Industry 4.0 a government initiative to promote the computerization of manufacturing) has arrived in the manufacturing and process industry. This is demonstrated by innovative business models working with modern, flexible solution strategies. Companies have long been aware already: Sensor data, its pre-processing and global transmission via suitable communication channels are indispensable for implementing Industrial Internet of Things (Industry 4.0). It is also obvious that without cloud applications the added value from this data remains limited. By implication, this means: A powerful data communication between sensors, actuators as well as a cloud is of major importance.
A similar pattern is also demonstrated by the VDMA (“Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbau – association of German machine and tool manufacturers “) guidelines “Industry 4.0“ in the form of a descriptive graph called “Tool Box“, helping to lead smaller and medium-sized manufacturing companies to “Industry 4.0 Projects”. In these guidelines, “tools“ such as Fieldbus, Industrial Ethernet, Internet Access,Gateway and connectivity play a central part. Schildknecht AG, amongst others concentrating on the development, production and intensive application of the DATAEAGLE radio gateway series, has also been focusing on many of these subjects for more than 20 years; some of the applications having been implemented thereby already years ago may be definitely understood as preliminary stages of Industrial Internet of Things (Industry 4.0) solutions; however, they had emerged even prior to this term having been formulated for the first time.