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Redline Releases New White Paper on Industrial Wireless Networks

Redline Communications’ Two-Part White Paper Explores Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0

In its new two-part whitepaper series, “The ‘Industrial’ in Industrial Wireless Networks,” available for download here and here, Redline Communications explores digital transformation and “Industry 4.0” as it pertains to integrating industrial systems with modern information and communications technologies. The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is highly complex, having been declared by the US Department of Energy (DoE) as one of the “biggest challenges of our times.”  Failure to reach – or even a delay – in reaching this revolution, according to the DoE, “can lead to great human and financial costs for critical industries such as public utilities, oil & gas, public safety, mining, logistics and transportation.”

As outlined in the white paper, digital transformation demands integration of industrial systems with wireless communications systems. Deploying wireless technology not fit for industrial ecosystems can only exacerbate the challenges associated with digital transformation. Wireless networks intended to trigger and sustain the fourth industrial revolution, must be “industrial-grade” to meet the distinct demands of industrial systems. Enabling the fourth industrial revolution, which requires the integration of industrial systems with modern information and communications technologies (ICT). Integrating ICT with the current infrastructure is a digital transformation journey of which the aforementioned critical industries must embark upon in the 21st century.

Part 1 of this white paper series presents a framework to explain “WHY” wireless networks deployed in industrial environments must be different from those found in traditional enterprise IT environments. Part 2 focuses on “WHAT” makes wireless communications systems “industrial-grade” to fulfill their purpose of existence by performing the functions demanded by industrial systems in hazardous environments.

Uncertainties and risks are also at hand, including cyber security vulnerabilities and system integration challenges, which cannot only affect the scope, schedule, and budget of such transformation projects, but also affect the safety, reliability and cost-effectiveness of the underlying infrastructure during later stages of the system lifecycle. Challenges associated with integrating information and communications technology with Industrial systems have a major effect on Industry 4.0 initiatives. This is evident from the higher-than-average failure rate of digital transformation projects.

Download the white paper parts 1 & 2 to explore “Industrial Triangle of Distinction,” the term “Industrial Grade,” as it pertains to safety, reliability, security and cost-effectiveness, and what will support the proper integration of industrial systems with modern information and communications technologies in 2021 and beyond.

White Paper Part 1: https://rdlcom.com/resource/the-industrial-in-industrial-wireless-networks-part-1/

White Paper Part 2: https://rdlcom.com/resource/the-industrial-in-industrial-wireless-networks-part-2/

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