Juggling Data Connectivity Protocols for Industrial IoT : Andrew Foster Reports

Real-time needs are key in multiprotocol industrial IoT.

With much legacy equipment existing with older protocols and requiring diverse real-time needs, the Industrial IoT will not soon, if ever, use a single data-connectivity standard.

 The projected benefits that can be gained from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have been well documented during the past several years by the likes of General Electric, Accenture and other organizations that have conducted extensive research in this area. In fact, these benefits in revenue, cost reductions and energy consumption are now coming to fruition in a variety of smart city, smart farming, transportation and other industry sectors.

A great example is the Connected Boulevard program in Nice, France, which uses Industrial Internet technologies, including an innovative data-sharing platform, to help manage and optimize all aspects of city management, including parking and traffic, street lighting, waste disposal and environmental quality.

The key to these benefits is the ability to derive value from the data. The data must be accessible wherever it resides and delivered to wherever it’s needed (edge to the cloud) so that it can be analyzed and acted upon in the right amount of time. There are a range protocols currently used to provide this “data-sharing function” within an Industrial Internet system (see chart above). Chief among them are:

  • The Object Management Group’s (OMG) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS);
  • OASIS’ Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP);
  • MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT), a protocol originally developed by IBM but now an OASIS standard;
  • Representational State Transfer (REST), a common style of using HTTP for Web-based applications and not a standard; and,
  • Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP), a software protocol to be used in very simple electronics devices such as Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) that allows them to communicate over the Internet; and,
  • The eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), the IETF’s formalization of the base XML streaming protocols for instant messaging and presence technology originally developed within the Jabber open-source community.

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SUDE Selects PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS for Smart City Services in the City of Nice

OpenSplice DDS delivers smart parking systems enabling better interoperability, data sharing and integration of new and existing city services

Boston, MA, USA – April 12, 2013 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that its OpenSplice™ DDS product suite has been selected by SUDE as the foundation to implement The City Operating System project providing the City of Nice with new intelligence to coordinate and connect all of the parking services and mobility in the City.

SUDE specializes in the management of urban space and mobility for the City of Nice.  SUDE focuses on the implementation of Think Global – The City Operating System®, an ecosystem that aims to improve the efficiency of city services.  Smart systems add value to citizens by providing real-time information on traffic, transportation, wastage, air/water quality etc. countering the problems faced by cities due to rising population and urbanization.

PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS has been selected as the information backbone for this City Operating System project, to ensure Intelligent Mobility and Environmental Quality in the City of NiceSmart Parking systems allow drivers to make informed decisions on their movement by combining traffic information and parking availability (on street and garage), as well as alternative transportation (public transportation, bicycle sharing and electric car services).  Smart Parking increases parking efficiency, safety, and reduces pollution.

OpenSplice DDS has been deployed throughout the city and has shown its ability to scale extremely well delivering the right information to the right place at the right time every time.  OpenSplice DDS enables sharing of real-time information about parking availability, and traffic density.  OpenSplice DDS powered sensors inform commuters in real-time about the availability of a parking space, and re-routes traffic alleviating congestion along with facilitating the information through smart phones.  A detailed Smart Cities use case is available from PrismTech’s website at http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/industry-solutions.

The project was launched in March 2013, French news coverage includes:
http://www.nicematin.com/nice/video-appli-mobile-et-services-high-tech-pour-un-stationnement-intelligent-a-nice.1171585.html
http://www.wat.tv/video/application-pour-stationnement-5v13h_2exyh_.html
http://www.francetvinfo.fr/nice-le-stationnement-intelligent_279017.html

“Helping to solve mass urbanization challenges is one of the most socially important, impactful and exciting uses of OpenSplice DDS that I have seen.  PrismTech is thrilled to be part of this pioneering project in the City of Nice and looks forward to the adoption of The City Operating System in other great cities,” said Andrew Lloyd, OpenSplice SVP, PrismTech.

“The OpenSplice DDS middleware layer fits perfectly well with the SUDE vision: a global answer to the multi-facetted challenges of the management of urban space,” said Jean-Louis Fiorucci, President, SUDE.

Further information about OpenSplice DDS is available from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-opensplice.