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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PrismTech earns special recognition as first industry (non-founding) member of the Industrial Internet Consortium

The IIC highlights PrismTech during its quarterly meeting, which also coincides with the consortium’s one-year anniversary

 

Boston, MA, USA – March 26, 2015 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, was honored this week as the first industry (non-founding) member of the Industrial Internet Consortium.  The IIC highlighted PrismTech’s early involvement in the consortium during its quarterly meeting, which also coincided with the IIC’s one-year anniversary.

Through the efforts of founding members AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel, the IIC launched as an open membership group focused on breaking down the barriers of technology silos to support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds.  With the addition of early adopters such as PrismTech, the IIC is attracting the leading organizations and technologies necessary to accelerate the growth of the Industrial Internet.

“We are honored to be recognized by the IIC as its first non-founder industry member,” said Keith Steele, CEO, PrismTech.  “Our intelligent data-sharing platform, Vortex, is proving to be a key enabling technology for Industrial Internet systems.  Our active participation in the IIC provides an outstanding opportunity to work closely with the other leaders in the industry to help shape the future of the Industrial Internet and enable these systems to deliver the significant economic benefits we know are possible.”

Through its industry leading Vortex™ platform suite, PrismTech offers the most comprehensive intelligent data-sharing platform solution for Internet of Things (IoT) systems.  The Vortex platform family includes Vortex Café for mobile phones and tablets, Vortex Cloud for cloud services, Vortex OpenSplice™ for corporate systems and Vortex Lite for embedded sensors.

In addition to this IIC recognition, the company was recently honored by IoT Nexus as a “Top Power Player in the Internet of Things.”  The company also has been named a Sand Hill Group “Needle Mover” in building the future of the Internet of Things and a Postscapes “Must-Follow IoT Company.”  Gartner recognized the company as a “Cool Vendor” and Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development for the company, has been recognized as one of the most influential Internet of Things executives by market researcher Appinions.