The terms ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Industrial Internet’ are standards of digi-age jargon. The Internet of Things primarily refers to a consumer-sector phenomenon, covering all online devices and infrastructures from intelligent clocks to smart refrigerators, and even entire homes and cities.

The Industrial Internet is a network covering a rising number of smart devices, people and processes, which is redefining the services and business models of a range of industries. All this is enabled by devices connected to the Internet of Things.

“In the defence materiel industry, the Industrial Internet can be seen, above all, in the faster and more efficient flow of information. Smart systems provide real-time, online information, around which new and customer-oriented services can be built,” says Patria’s Mikko Mäkinen, Director, Integrated Logistic Support, Land.

In recent years, Patria’s Industrial Internet-related R&D has been made easier by the huge increase in sensing and bus technology in the last decade. For example, online data transfer for vehicles has already been successfully tested in Finland’s demanding conditions.

It is difficult to predict the future of the Industrial Internet, but big data, technological advances and advanced analytics indicate that devices will soon be able to report on their own, actual maintenance needs. This will create major efficiencies in the maintenance of military vehicles, since current maintenance intervals are based on time or mileage. On the other hand, even in traditional training, military vehicles are driven very little compared to civilian vehicles. In addition, possible failures will be detected on the basis of abnormal sensor values, before any actual breakdowns occur.

“As well as cost savings from maintenance optimisation, development of the Industrial Internet could assist with customer training through training-based situation analyses of vehicles, for example. Sensor and bus technology will also facilitate accident investigations by customer authorities, and the provision of information for the customer’s own maintenance or monitoring systems,” says Mäkinen.