Five Things a Bus Can Teach You About IoT Success

Rob Risany – Executive Vice President – IoT Strategy and Business Solutions at ADLINK Technology

I’m really proud of the work my CTO, Joe Speed, carried out at CES this year with CTA, IBM, and Local Motors on #AccessibleOlli. Front and center in the main hall of the exhibition, #AccessibleOlli showcases what happens when major industry players come together to solve real world problems. In this case, it’s about helping people with disabilities get around. You can get a real time feed on #AccessibleOlli by following #JoeSpeed on Twitter:

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Joe Speed, ADLINK IoT Solutions & Technology CTO at CES with #AccessibleOlli

I think there’s some great lessons to take away from the #AccessibleOlli program.

  1. Put the focus on the mission, not the technology. If you factor in all the cloud vendors, enterprise software companies, the computer hardware providers, below the radar startup vendors, AI platforms, sensor companies…. Let alone emerging technology coming out of academia – there’s a lot of technology out there. The only way to make sense of the plethora of technologies is to IGNORE THEM at the beginning of your initiative and focus on the outcome of your program. #AccessibleOlli started with a question: how can we make it easier for people with disabilities to get around? Technology provided perspectives on how to answer the question… but was NEVER the driving force for the initiative.
  2. IoT is a Team Sport. I’ve been in countless meetings with technology professionals who are bound and determined that THEY will build the real platform for IoT – and that no one else will be able to compete. Sorry, I don’t buy it. #AccessibleOlli has been successful because it’s a collaboration of many players, each with different skills. If you are being told – by either internal or external coaches – that one solution or one tech team has the IoT panacea – run, don’t walk, to the nearest exit.
  3. Continually question your solution. It’s so very easy to fall into the trap of declaring victory and stopping innovation. In a landscape shifting so fast, you have to look for new approaches continually. #AccesibleOlli has shifted over time from reliance on specific sensors to broader sensor fusion approaches, including LIDAR and 3d imagery.
  4. Arm your experts and get out of the way. IoT is so trendy right now, everyone wants a bit of it. With almost CIO on the planet right now measured on having an IoT program running by end of 2018, it would be easy to spin up a large cross functional “management task force” and noodle and micro-manage what needs to be done and the choices to make. #AccessibleOlli on the other hand has always been a bottom up program. Experts from a lot of fields came together and have created something amazing. This is not to say that it’s just about engineers – you need people who understand your customer and your mission intimately and those may be in your marketing or even you customer service department. But you don’t need seventeen vice presidents.
  5. Place Lots of Bets, not One Big One. Unlike other technology and industry shifts in the past – like big data or ERP – no one knows what the shape will be in the end. There is no perfect formula yet. Rather, the most successful are trying many ideas out simultaneously – it’s a time of experiments. #AccessibleOlli has evolved that way. What started as a test of digital printed car parts moved to an exploration of autonomous vehicle algorithms, to now a platform which communicates with the deaf and blind. Each stepwise move was a low cost test, touching a different angle of the mission. It has involved different contributors at every stage.

At ADLINK, we are committed to the mission of creating an easy on-ramp for our customers to use IoT as a tool to try new things in their businesses. #AccessibleOlli is a great example of the kinds of projects on which we love to work.

For more information on how ADLINK can help implement your own IoT digital experiment, contact us.

ProRail Deploys PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice for Dutch Railway Network

200px-Prorail_logo.svgVortex OpenSplice provides the performance, latency and Quality of Service capabilities required for distributed mission-critical systems

Boston, MA, USA – October 29, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that its Vortex™ OpenSplice™ product suite had been selected by ProRail, the organization responsible for operating and maintaining the Dutch railway network.  Vortex OpenSplice provides the performance, latency and Quality of Service capabilities required for distributed, mission-critical systems, such as those used in transportation, smart grid, industrial automation and smart city environments.

Vortex OpenSplice provides ProRail with a reliable, real-time and fault-tolerant data-sharing platform to manage critical information within the railway system.  With more than six thousand trains and 1.2 million passengers travelling on it on a daily basis, the Netherlands railway system is one of the busiest in Europe.

“Vortex OpenSplice provides the real-time functionality and mission-critical performance we needed,” said Henk Bothof, CIO at ProRail.  “It also delivers that important capability to maintain non-volatile information for late-joiners in a fault-tolerant way.”

ProRail’s traffic control and security systems are linked by the new ASTRIS system, which manages the overall mission-critical rail infrastructure. Based on the latest technology advancements, it offers services to control and monitor the infrastructure in a uniform way.  Vortex OpenSplice is deployed within the ASTRIS environment, providing seamless data sharing across sensors, components, applications and systems.

“We are pleased to provide ProRail with a data-sharing platform solution that it could trust and rely on for the mission-critical environment it must maintain,” said Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development, PrismTech.  “Vortex OpenSplice is an outstanding, standards-based solution that addresses the most challenging system requirements within next generation distributed systems.”

PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice is the leading commercial and Open Source implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  Vortex OpenSplice has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time industrial and manufacturing systems.  Vortex OpenSplice sets new levels of performance, robustness, scalability, fault-tolerance and portability (platform support).  Vortex OpenSplice is a key component of PrismTech’s Vortex™ family of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) enabling technologies.

For further information about Vortex OpenSplice please visit PrismTech’s website at:

Coflight Consortium Selects PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS Middleware for Next Generation European Flight Data Processor

Coflight LogoATC Global 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands — March 09, 2010 — PrismTech™, a world leader in high-performance software platform and integration solutions, today announced that the Coflight Consortium headed by THALES and SELEX-SI has selected its OMG™ Data Distribution Service implementation, OpenSplice™ DDS, to power its next generation European Flight Data Processor (FDP).

Coflight is developing the most advanced FDP in the world, applying leading-edge technologies and methodologies to improve safety, performance and to extend the operational capabilities of current Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) Systems. Coflight is also the first FDP to enjoy an open architecture funded over Standard and Open Source middleware technologies to guarantee the long-term extensibility, scalability and availability of supply.

The selection of OpenSplice DDS came after an in depth evaluation of the various DDS-compliant implementations on the market using very stringent performance, availability, safety and robustness criteria imposed by ATC and ATM requirements. OpenSplice DDS will be used extensively throughout Coflight to distribute Flight Data Plans within subsystems, among subsystems and across Coflight installations in France, Italy, and Switzerland. Coflight will be operationally deployed by 2014/2015.

“Coflight is impressive in both its scale and mission criticality. It will significantly contribute to the safe and efficient movement of millions of people across increasingly congested European skies,” said PrismTech’s CEO, Keith Steele. “Coflight’s choice to go with OpenSplice DDS shows once again the unique ability of our technology to address real-time data distribution in large-scale complex mission- and business-critical systems.”

OpenSplice DDS is the most advanced, complete, and widely used (commercial and open source), implementation of the OMG Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (OMG DDS). OpenSplice DDS is particularly popular for demanding data distribution applications in vertical markets such as air traffic management, military systems, low-latency financial trading systems, and Real-time SCADA.

Further information about OpenSplice DDS is available at

Further information about Coflight is available at