Analytics is the process of collecting data and evaluating it in order to discern meaningful patterns that can be transformed into useful, actionable insights. Industrial Analytics is the use of systematic analysis in IIoT systems.
Published by the Industrial Analytics Task Group in October 2017, the Industrial IoT Analytics Framework (IIAF) provides guidance and assistance for decision makers in the development, documentation, communication and deployment of Industrial Internet of Things Analytics Systems.
The Industrial IoT Analytics Framework supplements the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) by addressing the crosscutting concerns presented by Industrial Analytics. The framework outlines the concepts, components and characteristics of a viable analytical system and looks at what is required from business and technology to perform successfully in an industrial setting. The IIRA and IIAF use the ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010 standard to describe the business, usage, functional and implementation viewpoints.
The framework can be downloaded for free at: www.iiconsortium.org/industrial-analytics
The IIAF presents a framework for IIoT analytics systems using the same approach as the IIRA. Viewpoints including business, usage, functional and implementation are addressed. The framework also provides a survey for areas specific to the industrial analytics field such as artificial intelligence and big data, analytic methods and modeling as well as crosscutting functions. In addition, the framework outlines characteristics and guidance that help with deciding where industrial analytics should be deployed.
The IIAF expands upon the white paper by discussing the various viewpoints (business, usage, functional and implementation) and introducing the emerging analytic areas of artificial intelligence and big data. It also provides an example of analytic standards within the manufacturing space.
If data is the new oil, then industrial data analytics is the new engine that propels the IIoT transformation.
The framework is intended to be used as guidance for decision makers to ask the right questions, and as a template for system architects to create and implement a concrete architecture, tailored to the requirements of a specific IIoT system. It is also designed to facilitate communication about the overall system among its stakeholders.