Data Connectivity with IoT drives new value for business

You may have heard the question, “Is data the new oil?” It even made its way into Forbes nearly two years ago. Well, is it? In the context of creating new business value from the Internet of Things (IoT), the answer today is both yes and no.

Yes, data contains huge potential value and, of course, it is much more plentiful and accessible than oil (and about to become much, much more plentiful). However, it is simply raw material that needs to be delivered to the right place at the right time and “refined” there (by applications) to create new business value, e.g., additional revenue streams (services as well as products), resource optimization (for both capital and human assets) and environmental benefits (waste reduction, energy efficiency, etc.).

There is little new about “islands of automation.” Data has been “refined” for decades to produce operational (OT) and corporate (IT) value at the tactical level. However, the IoT offers the potential for completely new levels of business value by providing a corporate data-connectivity backbone to deliver the right data to the right place at the right time, enterprise-wide and inter-enterprise.

The IoT can thus be applied to:

  • Liberate valuable data from legacy and new sub-systems (via gateways)
  • Directly or indirectly add new connected edge devices and machines (new Things as data sources)
  • Provide global-scale connectivity at reasonable cost (via the Internet)
  • Support new application deployment and analytics anywhere in the system (e.g., on devices, gateways, enterprise systems, cloud services, mobile)
  • Generate new insights and business and societal value from these distributed and instantly accessible applications and analyses

Data connectivity for under-explored valuable data

Tactical OT and IT systems obviously add value to enterprises and have provided good solutions in areas from process control to SCADA to ERP to corporate payroll since at least the 1970s. These self-contained applications provide a good ROI and solve real operational problems, but they also tend to be domain specific, often utilize proprietary technologies and lock their data into “vertical stovepipes.”

As such, they do a good job but in a limited way. They do not fully exploit the potential of the data they generate since they do not liberate that data for sharing and analysis wherever in the enterprise new insights and value can be generated. For example, they do not support distributed analytics, cross-domain integration or global-scale data access.

And as enterprises deploy literally billions of new connected Things during the next few years, this problem (of underexploited valuable data) will become dramatically worse unless a new data-connectivity approach is taken.

Read the full article at www.sandhill.com

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.

To read the full report, visit www.eetimes.com

PrismTech releases Vortex 1.2

PrismTech announces Vortex v1.2, the latest version of its award-winning intelligent data-sharing platform for the Internet of Things

Includes significant new functionality, with improved robustness, performance, scalability and ease of use

PrismTech™ announced the general availability of Vortex™ v1.2, the latest version of its award-winning intelligent data-sharing platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).  The Vortex platform provides the most comprehensive real-time data sharing solution for integrating device (sensors to servers), web, mobile and cloud environments.

Vortex is ideally suited for mission-critical distributed and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.  It is based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-time Systems open standard and builds on proven technologies to provide an efficient solution for device-to-device, device-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud Internet scale, real-time data sharing.  Vortex is a crucial enabler for systems that have to reliably and securely deliver high volumes of data with stringent end-to-end qualities-of-service (QoS); hence its suitability for delivering the right information to the right place at the right time.

Vortex v1.2 delivers significant benefits in terms of improved robustness, performance, scalability and ease of use.  It also includes the following new functionality:

  • Vortex OpenSplice™ 6.5 – support for the latest Java 5 PSM, a Streams API for ISO C++ and an overall performance improvement.
  • Vortex Cloud 1.2 – selective routing that allows users to control exactly what Topic data is shared across the Cloud and between LANs.
  • Vortex Insight 1.1 – support for system browser sorting / filtering and inclusion of a new Vortex Cloud instance browser.
  • Vortex Lite 1.0 – new low footprint DDS implementation targeting resource constrained embedded devices.

“Vortex is proving to be a key enabler for the Internet of Things,” said Angelo Corsaro, CTO, PrismTech.  “These latest enhancements help ensure that Vortex continues to be the most comprehensive data sharing platform in the industry.”

Vortex is available for free 30-day evaluation. Click here to evaluate.

Securing the IoT End-to-End : Concepts, Definitions and Implementations Open Systems Ecast

Date Aired: 2nd April 2015
Location: Online

Much is being written that the biggest concerns related to enterprise and industry adoption of the IoT are data security and privacy. This eCast will directly address those concerns and explain and demonstrate potential solutions. The Triple-A of security (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) will be discussed as well as concepts like domain-boundary security and support for data encryption. PrismTech is a recognized leader in IoT platform technologies (e.g. Gartner ‘Cool Vendor’, sandhill.com ‘Needle Mover’, IoT Nexus ‘Power Player’) and has well over a decade of experience in providing products for security-sensitive markets such as mil/aero, transportation and critical infrastructure. The eCast will be presented by PrismTech’s CTO, Angelo Corsaro.

Speaker:
Angelo Corsaro, CTO, PrismTech

Moderator:
Brandon Lewis, OpenSystems Media

Access On-Demand Webcast here

A Comparative Study of Data Sharing Standards for the Internet of Things

Although Industrial and Consumer IoT applications typically require different levels of performance, security, fault tolerance, and safety, they are both data-centric and share the same underlying architectural pattern — the Collect | Store | Analyze | Share pipeline. As a result, data sharing is a crucial architectural element that can make the difference between the success and failure of an IoT application. The challenge for industry is that there is currently a proliferation of data-sharing and messaging protocols, no set standard, and – until now – no qualitative and quantitative analysis to provide insight and direction.

Read PrismTech CTO Angelo Corsaro’s latest article in the Cutter IT Journal which aims to help IoT practitioners understand the set of data-sharing requirements they must consider and guide them in the selection of viable technologies to satisfy those requirements by registering for FREE at Cutter Consortium

Internet of Things World

Internet of Things World San Francisco USA
12th May 2015 to 13th May 2015
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

PrismTech is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of Internet of Things World.

Internet of Things World 2015 is the world’s largest and most comprehensive IoT event – with over 4,000 attendees, 275+ industry thought leaders and 150+ exhibitors. With a focus on monetizing the IoT revolution through bringing together ecosystem wide attendees, stakeholders and investors.

The IoT World conference will bring together more than 275 expert speakers from across the ecosystem, in the heartland of IoT innovation, providing the most comprehensive IoT agenda ever assembled. The program features high level keynotes from the most significant leaders in the IoT industry, and expanded coverage of IoT markets, featuring four in depth tracks each day – two covering Consumer IoT, and two covering Industrial IoT – giving 8 full day deep dives on the key IoT verticals. Every session features a fantastic line up of case studies, analysis, and practitioner speakers – giving a level of insight and connection never before seen in IoT.

Further information about Internet of Things World at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, USA including registration information is available from: http://www.iotworldevent.com

Interoperability and the Internet of Things – To standardize or not to standardize Ecast

Date Aired: 12 March 2015
Location: Online

The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses a range of technology verticals, from consumer electronics and connected cars to industrial controls and the smart grid. However, while this immense diversity has created a market opportunity valued as high as $14.4 trillion, it has also generated significant interoperability issues stemming from a vast amount of available communications protocols. As a result, multiple consortia have coalesced to develop standardized connectivity frameworks that will advance the IoT. Join us as networking experts from these organizations consider the current connectivity landscape and define approaches that enable ubiquitous connectivity for the IoT.

Click Here for on-demand access to the Open Systems Interoperability and the Internet of Things – To standardize or not to standardize E-Cast.