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 Announces the Availability of Vortex

The award-winning Intelligent Data-Sharing Platform for Business-Critical IoT Systems, Ensures the Right Data Gets to the Right Place at the Right Time

IoT World, Palo Alto, CA, USA and IoT Week, London, UK – June 17, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems and Gartner ‘Cool Vendor,’ today announced that its new Vortex™ Intelligent Data-Sharing Platform will be available (upon request) as of July 14, 2014.  Vortex is targeted at business-critical Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems, sometimes also referred to as the Industrial Internet, Industrial IoT (IIoT) or Enterprise-grade IoT systems.

Vortex builds on proven technologies and open standards to provide an efficient solution for Device-to-Device and Device-to-Cloud system-wide interoperability in real-time.  It is a key 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 business-critical and IIoT systems.

Vortex creates a system-wide global data space offering more than 20 configurable QoS to ensure the performance, efficiency, agility, security and robustness required of business-critical systems.  It thus helps system integrators, OEMs, device vendors and Cloud service providers deliver high-performance IoT system solutions for many vertical markets: Healthcare, IT&Networks, Energy, Transportation, Urban Environment and Industrial Automation, to name a few.

The Vortex platform includes components (software agents) to connect mobile phones and tablets (Vortex Café), connected sensors and machines (Vortex Lite) and Cloud services (Vortex Cloud).  From its Starter Kit (Café and tools) to the full Vortex suite, its components are delivered in convenient and affordable development and deployment bundles to simplify the evaluation and procurement process.

The Vortex family also comes with a complete set of tools in support of systems’ development and management (e.g. configuring, testing, optimizing, monitoring and recording system behavior) and it provides a rich and open API for integration with other IoT application development technologies (such as IDEs, Java EE application servers, M2M platforms and analytics engines).

“Vortex represents a breakthrough in software enablement technology for the IoT and particularly the most demanding and business-critical applications of the IoT,” said Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development, PrismTech.  “It is unique in offering the first platform that enables all IoT end-point applications to share data in real-time: mobile employees, smart machines, tiny sensors, enterprise / cloud applications (including data analytics) and legacy systems.”

To request an evaluation of Vortex please email info@prismtech.com or contact us via the PrismTech website at: http://www.prismtech.com/contact-us.

Further information about Vortex is available from: http://www.prismtech.com/vortex.