Ethernet Replaces the Field Bus
The components of smart building and factory automation and the structured work area cabling will be united seamlessly via the Internet Protocol (IP).
Application-specific field bus systems thus become superfluous and with them the expensive gateways, complex interfaces, and different protocols.
An important aspect is: High data rates are not mandatory for IoT networks. It is more important to reliably cable the numerous sensors, actuators, and terminal equipment under at times harsh and cramped environmental conditions. Classic copper data cables and RJ45 connectors are theoretically suitable, but over the long term are too large. They would quickly reach their capacity limitations with an increasing number of sensors.