One of the challenges on an Industrial M2M project is data collection from systems, such as energy consumption, environment, access control, alarms, production, etc. These data are usually found in existing intelligent equipment like PLCs, SCADAs, metering devices, video cameras, external regulators, acquisition cards, fire panels, weather stations, etc., but they can be collected also directly from sensors. The Concentrator devices or Industrial M2M integrate all technologies in one equipment.
We shouldn’t forget that systems – factories or machines – grow and change over time. The implemented system must have a capacity enough to grow in the future, both in terms of signals and functionality. The use of industry standards and interoperable systems is necessary to achieve this goal.