With connectivity being central to the Industry 4.0 vision, three things must become a reality to deliver a truly connected enterprise — the higher level IT or enterprise infrastructure must converge with the plant floor control network; the various networks on factory floors must all coexist and interoperate; we need seamless, secure connectivity across our process environments.

To address these challenges, a foundational networking technology that can support the goal of interoperability, expandability, and reach is needed. Ethernet emerges as the ideal solution, being a well understood technology with extensive deployments.