Protection of industrial networks and communications substations and other important utility infrastructure is a key to maintaining network and communication availability between the industrial systems. It is, thus, important to protect these infrastructures from physical attacks, such as vandalism and trespassing. Serious attacks like an intruder shooting a security guard can take a substation out of service for some time. Such attacks can cost millions of dollars, lost revenue from power outages, and more. Industrial networks provide varied solutions to common industrial and societal problems in our communities.
Here are the key benefits of industrial benefits;
Automate Factory Operations
Technological advancements have significantly changed the way we do business today, both at a personal level and commercial level. Implementation of IoT devices in factories helps to improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of factory operations. IoT technology can be employed in a factory setting to help control the movement of goods by an overhead crane thus, improving crane operator work. IoT based architectures have revolutionized the old and linear industrial supply chains to swift and interconnected systems that immensely reduces the manufacturing process.
Oil and Gas
The oil and gas industry plays a crucial part in the economy of any country globally. The industry is quite rich and employs millions of people globally. Industrial networks greatly improve the efficiency of handling oil and gas through the upstream and downstream processes. Most oil companies implement industrial wireless networks to improve efficiency in the upstream process such as pipeline pressure, flow and valve control, controlling underground gas storage, monitoring any leaks in the pipes or storage tanks.
In the downstream process, the industrial wireless networks can be used to control IP-based cameras to monitor the security of the plant, monitor, and control the pump pressure as the oil flows downstream.
Relying on the weather forecast and rainfall pattern to control how and when you plant your crops has been overtaken by the use of irrigation at both commercial and personal level. Industrial networks thus play a crucial role in controlling and monitoring varied agricultural processes and operations such as irrigation. When it comes to irrigation, both the remote valve and pump controller must be configured properly to sync with each other. Remote valves should detect that enough water has been sprinkled on the crops and immediately send a signal to the pump controller to stop pumping immediately. Monitoring water quality, the water level can also be monitored by industrial networks.
Electricity is a crucial aspect of our lives, be it the hospital, industrial operations or at homes, we basically cannot survive for long without a source of electrical power. From the power grid to the sub-stations, there is a need to control and monitor the distribution and consumption of power. SCADA Radio networks can be used to monitor distribution and consumption of power through automated meter reading and distribution generation among other functionalities.
The use of industrial wireless networks and communications has greatly improved our standard of living and efficiency of carrying out the industrial process. Right from the agriculture sector to factory processes automation, the rate and efficiency of service delivery have shot up. Taking care of industrial wireless network equipment thus needs to be protected for a 24/7 availability of these systems.