Fraunhofer, partner BTI showcase innovative IIoT communication technology

April 23, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Fraunhofer, partner BTI showcase innovative IIoT communication technology
For applications in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) a scalable, universally usable and at the same time robust communication technology was missing. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) has now presented a technology at the Hanover Fair to close this gap.

The new technology from Fraunhofer IIS is called MIOTY (no explenation were given about the meaning of the acronym). It is aimed at applications in remote monitoring of large industrial plants, buildings or company premises as well as smart city solutions. MIOTY is a hardware-independent software solution that has been integrated into the ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) standardization for so-called low throughput networks. The Fraunhofer experts show the licensable MIOTY technology on current hardware components as a monitoring solution in industry

In many areas of IIoT, reliable condition monitoring of plants and production processes as well as predictive maintenance are important. Up to now this has not been solved, especially in complex environments of industrial plants and outdoors. With the MIOTY technology of Fraunhofer IIS, which is based on a patented telegram splitting process, this is now to be changed: MIOTY guarantees interference-resistant data transmission by radio from several hundred thousand sensors and reception over several kilometres on a gateway. The technology can be applied - even retrospectively - in operational and industrial environments or successively compacted by additional sensors. Thanks to the software-based technology approach, various hardware components, such as sub-GHz transceiver chipsets available on the market, can be used. The energy-efficient transmission technology of this low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) guarantees long sensor operating times.

Longevity and interference-free data transmission are of decisive importance in applications in the oil and gas industry. The transmission of sensor data in these large industrial plants must therefore also function reliably in the event of possible interference from other radio systems or from buildings and metal structures, which is not always the case with transmission in conventional mobile radio networks. This is where MIOTY technology from Fraunhofer IIS can provide the solution: In the free 868 MHz frequency band, data is sent directly from the individual end nodes to the central base station in a star topology. Since usually only small amounts

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