SVP Steve Jennis to present on Data Connectivity Strategies at Industrial Internet of Things Energy Summit

Jennis to provide analysis on Industrial IoT vs M2M and SCADA during the Industrial Internet Consortium’s June 23 event

Industrial Internet of Things in Energy Oil Gas Smart GridSteve Jennis, PrismTech’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, will be a guest presenter at the upcoming Industrial Internet Energy Summit in Houston, TX. Jennis will discuss “The Industrial Internet vs. SCADA and M2M – What’s different, what’s new and what you need to know.”

Coordinated by the Industrial Internet Consortium, the complimentary day-long Energy Summit is scheduled for June 23 at the Hewlett Packard campus at Lone Star College in Houston.  It features presentations by industry leaders who will discuss the impact and opportunities of Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in energy, including topics related to security, the digital oil field, preventing catastrophic failures through preventative maintenance, how to get started and case studies.

Open architecture IoT solutions offer the potential for the energy industry to move from single function and proprietary centralized managed systems to new multi-function distributed control systems.  They can enable coordination between grid-edge technologies and centralized systems, improving grid efficiency and reducing integration costs.  This enables vendors to improve their products and, ultimately, help customers pay less for the electricity they consume.

“M2M (machine to machine) and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) are relatively narrow, tactical applications compared to the potential of the Industrial IoT,” explained Jennis.  “Industrial IoT platforms, such as PrismTech’s intelligent data connectivity platform Vortex, provide the performance and capabilities needed to support turning data into insights and business value for every computing platform (legacy, edge, gateway, cloud) and across all domains (OT verticals, domain boundaries and generic IT services).”

Vortex is based on the Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) 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.  It is a crucial enabler for systems that must reliably and securely deliver high volumes of data with stringent end-to-end QoS facilitating its ability to deliver the right information to the right place at the right time.

Information about the Industrial Internet Energy Summit is available at http://www.iiconsortium.org/energy-summit.

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Selects PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS for Remote Handling System

Stirling, UK – June 5, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that its OpenSplice™ DDS product suite had been selected by Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) to support its Remote Handling system.  OpenSplice DDS provides the scalability, Quality-of-Service and integration needed to support the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that repairs and configures reactor components and instrumentation within a fusion research reactor.

CCFE, the United Kingdom’s national laboratory for fusion research, and one of the leading fusion research labs in the world, developed its Remote Handling system to perform maintenance-related activities within its thermo-nuclear fusion research reactor—an environment too hostile for engineers and technicians to perform these actions.

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Remote Handling

“The Remote Handling system is a crucial component in our research efforts to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy, but it had outgrown the capabilities of our internal software control system,” said Robert Skilton, Control Systems and Software Engineer, CCFE.  “It’s a highly sophisticated system that requires a high performance, real-time data-sharing platform.  Not only does PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS meet these needs, but it also provides the necessary integration, scalability and flexibility to support this complex, distributed system.”

MASCOT 6 Culham Centre for Fusion EnergyCCFE’s Remote Handling is a fully remote system that includes robotic devices, advanced computers, virtual reality and closed circuit television systems, a variety of special tools, supervised from a multi-operator control room.  OpenSplice DDS is being specifically used by CCFE as part of its MASCOT 6 telemanipulator project.

“OpenSplice DDS is an optimal solution for the type of challenges we find in SCADA applications and in the energy sector in general,” said Andrew Foster, Product Marketing Manager, PrismTech.  “We work with a number of organizations in this sector and we understand the importance of delivering a real-time, standards-based data-sharing solution.  OpenSplice DDS provides the right mix of flexibility, scalability, security and Quality-of-Service in these distributed systems.”

OpenSplice DDS is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  OpenSplice DDS has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time systems.  It sets new levels of performance, robustness, scalability, fault-tolerance, portability and interoperability for standard’s based middleware.

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

SYSGO and PrismTech announce integration of ElinOS and OpenSplice DDS

Combination of embedded Linux and ultra-low-latency messaging middleware delivers a commercially-supported Open Source platform for industrial-grade safety and security applications

Sysgo LogoMainz, Germany; Edinburgh, UK; Boston, MA, USA — July 02, 2010 — SYSGO announced today the first integrated product resulting from its partner agreement with PrismTech™. SYSGO is a leading supplier of software platforms for the world’s most demanding safety and security applications. PrismTech is an acknowledged leader in performance-critical middleware for advanced software integration. The two companies worked together to fully integrate PrismTech’s OpenSplice™ DDS ultra-low-latency messaging middleware with SYSGO’s ELinOS industrial-grade Linux RTOS.

Developers of performance-critical systems in many industry sectors are facing a growing need for distributed, Real-time information availability. Traditional middleware technologies (e.g. based on non-Real-time publish/subscribe or client/server paradigms) are not an option, especially in a context of demanding Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements such as fault-tolerance and determinism. These QoS requirements are increasingly seen in performance-critical application domains such as: combat management and surveillance systems for military services, air traffic control systems in civil aviation, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems in industrial control.

OpenSplice DDS from PrismTech provides a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) messaging middleware solution for these demanding network-centric systems. An implementation of the Object Management Group™ (OMG™) Data Distribution Service for Real-time Systems (DDS) specification, OpenSplice DDS allows system integrators to take advantage of industry-wide participation in formulating the Standard for performance-critical messaging middleware.

OpenSplice DDS is the most complete, most correct, and most robust implementation of the DDS specification and is further differentiated from other messaging middleware by its Open Source licensing model (LGPL), its ultra-low-latency performance, its proven scalability and reliability in mission-critical deployments, its user-friendly selection of commercial packages and pricing options, and its consequent best-in-class total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Our ELinOS customers are very often facing the challenge of selecting a middleware they can trust,” said Jacques Brygier, VP Marketing of SYSGO. “What makes our partnership with PrismTech so unique and compelling is that, beyond PrismTech’s sound reputation and the undisputable quality of their OpenSplice DDS solution, we share the same approach of providing Open Source implementations to fully satisfy our customers’ industrial needs. This has been the philosophy of ELinOS since the beginning.”

ELinOS is a Linux-based development environment and, unlike traditional Linux implementations and distributions, is purpose-built for demanding industrial applications. SYSGO’s 15+ years of field expertise ensures not only an embedded Linux offering ideally suited for real-world complex applications, but also the ability to back it up with unmatched world-class support.

Available on Linux or Windows hosts, ELinOS is easy to install and can be used by novices. BSPs (Board Support Packages) for many of the most successful boards on the market are included, as well as BSPs for virtualization engines such as QEMU and VMware, and for the other SYSGO flagship product, PikeOS. In addition to the widely-used x86 version, ELinOS also supports: PowerPC, ARM, MIPS, and SH platforms, in both single and multi-core versions. ELinOS also includes CODEO, the Eclipse-based development environment that provides guided configuration, remote debugging, target monitoring, remote application deployment, and timing analyses in addition to standard application development features such as compilers and assemblers.

“We are really demanding in our choice of product partners,” declared Angelo Corsaro, OpenSplice DDS CTO for PrismTech. “Our business requires high quality and innovative solutions combined with superior expertise and responsiveness from technical staff. We know that SYSGO offers superior products and services and plays “in the same league” as we do. Combining ElinOS, their embedded Linux product that is widely used in industrial applications with OpenSplice DDS is the guarantee for our customers that they can get the best of both worlds: Open Source technology, professionally implemented, to satisfy the most-demanding industrial requirements.”

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 http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-opensplice

Further information about Coflight is available at http://www.thalesgroup.com/Pages/PressRelease.aspx?id=11180