- Tassios Dimosthenis
An industrial control network is a system of interconnected equipment used to monitor and control physical equipment in industrial environments. These networks differ quite significantly from traditional enterprise networks due to the specific requirements of their operation. Despite the functional differences between industrial and enterprise networks, a growing integration between the two has been observed. The technology in use in industrial networks is also beginning todisplay a greater reliance on Ethernet and web standards, especially at higher levels of the network architecture.
This thesis tries to study the industrial networks and give some of the differences between enterprise and industrial networks, presents a brief history of industrial networking, gives a high level explanation of some operations specific to industrial networks, provides anoverview of the popular protocols in use and describes currentresearch topics.