Increasing competition and the Internet of Things (IoT) require constant improvement of products as well as manufacturing and production processes. Future Industry 4.0 applications will require a direct connection of the manufacturing components to the IoT to meet the needs of individual and custom products to maintain leadership and competitive advantage. The IP capability in the end nodes is gaining in importance in the context of increasing networking and digitization in the Internet of Energy and Internet of Things, but also in Industry 4.0. A merger of IT and production control based on IP-capable communication helps to optimize production processes and enables direct and standardized intervention in the production processes and the individualization of the products via the Internet.
The IoT-Bus is intended to bridge the gap between narrowband communication technologies (sensor networks, wireless personal area networks) and broadband technologies (e.g. Ethernet, WLAN) within production and energy management. For this purpose, demands on data rate, range, reliability, costs, flexibility, interoperability and, above all, data security must be reconciled.