Industry 4.0

IoT Solutions

Industry 4.0

Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) can transform the way industries work. It can create autonomous self-healing machines and enhance inventories using machine-learning. Industries can manage their supply chain using IoT devices and run the production cycle economically.

Industry 4.0

The challenge

The main challenge of the industry is to improve its competitiveness by reducing costs, optimizing productive processes while respecting compliance.


IoT Solutions for Industry 4.0

The manufacturing industry a leader in the Internet of Things. There are many cases of actual IoT deployments that offer rapid return and enable manufacturers to realize digital transformations from several perspectives: efficiency, automation, customer-centricity, competitive benefits, and the advantages which are offered by using data across the manufacturing value chain and to tap into new revenue sources, a key aspect of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing.


Applications of IoT technology for Industry 4.0

How the IoT contributes to achieving this goal:

  • Monitoring production processes to optimize and prevent failures
  • Detecting the structural health of the facilities
  • Controlling storage spaces
  • Improving security and surveillance systems
  • Tracking goods and controlling their condition for animal transport, feeding, frozen…
  • Controlling traffic and parking infrastructures
  • Managing the flow of people in places of great affluence

Inventory Management

Quality Control

Enhanced Safety

Smart Metering

Predictive Maintenance

Smart Packaging

Benefits of IoT technology for Industry 4.0

Major benefit of IIoT: the path to improved productivity

  • Build a connected enterprise framework
  • Enable faster, more informed decision making
  • Gain an edge with better intelligence
  • Reap the benefits of IIoT-powered manufacturing intelligence
  • Optimize the potential of connected technology

What are the top benefits of IoT in manufacturing?

  • Operational effectiveness through operational intelligence
  • Ensuring safety and compliance
  • Increasing flexibility and agility

Industry 4.0 Products

Libelium brings over the Internet of Things to Industry 4.0 offering new applications for factory automation, automotive applications, industrial networking, building and infrastructure, transportation, energy applications, and even military uses.

The compatibility added with new industrial protocol modules and API libraries for Plug & Sense! Sensor Platform allows connecting to the Cloud sensor information from industrial devices.

Plug & Sense! can incorporate an Industrial Protocol module as a secondary communication option. This feature opens a wide variety of applications for industrial sensing and automation, military, automobile, vehicle tracking, or remote factory management.

Industry 4.0 Products


The set of Industrial Protocol modules for Waspmote allows the user to interface with different industrial buses:

Waspmote allows to perform three main applications:

1º- Connect any sensor to an existing industrial bus

Waspmote can be configured to work as a node in the network, inserting sensor data into the industrial bus already present. Waspmote can obtain information from more than 70 sensors currently integrated in the platform by using specific sensor boards (e.g: CO, CO2, temperature, humidity, acceleration, pH, IR, luminosity, vibration, etc). This way, the sensor information can be read from any industrial device connected to the bus.


2º- Add wireless connectivity to wired buses

Waspmote can be configured to read the information from the bus and send it to the Libelium IoT Gateway using any of the wireless radio modules available: 802.15.4, 868 MHz, 900 MHz, WiFi, 4G, Sigfox and LoRaWAN.


3º- Connect to the Cloud industrial devices

Waspmote can be configured to read the information coming from the bus and send it via wireless directly to the Cloud using WiFi, GPRS, GPRS+GPS, 3G or 4G radio interfaces.

Models and applications

4-20 mA Current Loop

4-20 mA Current Loop | Plug&Sense! The applications for this Plug & Sense! model are focused on adding wireless connectivity to 4-20 mA devices and connecting them to the Cloud.

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Technical Guide


  • Sensors and instruments
  • Remote transducers
  • Monitoring processes
  • Data transmission in industrial scenarios

The user can choose among a wide variety of standard sensors

Carbon Dioxide Monitor

Carbon Dioxide Monitor is a portable device to measure indoor Air Quality within 1.5 seconds.

  • Portable CO2 Monitor with infrared NDIR detector.
  • Real-time indoor air quality monitoring within 1,5 secs.
  • Reduce infections while keeping the energy consumption of heating and air conditioning.
  • Ventilate rooms in a sustainable way when the meter alerts of high CO2 concentration.

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This product is an Air Quality Monitor that detects:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Temperature
  • Humidity

As a scientific Air Quality Detection Device, it has an infrared sensor (NDIR).

When the room reaches the maximum CO2 concentration level recommended by the WHO, it emits an acoustic signal and the display indicates the measurement data.


  • Standard: EIA RS-485
  • Physical media: Twisted pair
  • Connector: DB9
  • Network topology: Point-to-point, Multi-dropped, Multi-point
  • Maximum devices: 32 drivers or receivers
  • Mode of operation: Differential signaling
  • Maximum speed: 460800 bps
  • Voltage levels: -7 V to +12 V
  • Mark(1): Positive voltages (B-A > +200 mV)
  • Space(0): Negative voltages (B-A < -200 mV)
  • Available signals: Tx+/Rx+, Tx-/Rx-(Half Duplex)Tx+,Tx-,Rx+,Rx-(Full Duplex)


  • Industrial equipment
  • Machine to Machine (M2M) communications
  • Industrial Control Systems, including the most common versions of Modbus and Profibus
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • RS485 is also used in building automation
  • Interconnect security control panels and devices


  • Standard: ISO 11898
  • Cabling: Twisted Pair
  • Connector: DB9
  • Network topology: Multimaster
  • Speed: 125 to 1000 Kbps
  • Signaling: Differential
  • Voltage levels: 0-5V
  • Signals: Half Duplex


  • Automotive applications
  • Home automation
  • Industrial networking
  • Factory automation
  • Marine electronics
  • Medical equipment
  • Military uses

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The Modbus is a software library that can be operated physically on the RS-485 module.

  • Data area: Up to 255 bytes per job
  • Interface: Layer 7 of the ISO-OSI reference model
  • Connector: DB9 (RS-485 module)
  • Number of possible connections: up to 32 in multi point systems
  • Frame format: RTU


  • Multiple master-slave applications
  • Sensors and instruments
  • Industrial networking
  • Building and infrastructure
  • Transportation and energy applications

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4-20 mA

  • Type: Analog
  • Media: Twisted Pair
  • No. of devices: 1
  • Distance: 900m
  • Supply: 5-24V


  • Sensors and instruments
  • Remote transducers
  • Monitoring processes
  • Data transmission in industrial scenarios

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