PrismTech Predicts Edge Computing, Next Generation Smart Gateways will Come of Age to Enable the Industrial Internet of Things in 2017

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Mainstream adoption of edge computing and the advent of second-generation smart gateways are among PrismTech’s top predictions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in 2017.

Steve Jennis, SVP and Head of Global Marketing for ADLINK and PrismTech, compiled the list based on his extensive knowledge of IIoT users, vendors and technologies, as well as through his collaboration with peers in industry initiatives such as the OpenFog Consortium, the Edge Computing Consortium, Open Edge Computing, the Industrial Internet Consortium® and the Object Management Group®.

Jennis predicts that:

  1. Edge computing will become a mainstream term for IIoT systems.
  2. Edge computing will be recognized as the solution to fixing the shortcomings of M2M for IIoT (latency, resilience, cost, peer-to-peer, connectivity, security, etc.).
  3. Real-time (edge) analytics and IT/OT security become two of the key drivers for new IIoT platform/infrastructure deployments.
  4. IT departments will exert more and more influence over the requirements for OT systems connected to corporate IT systems or the Internet.
  5. The Edge will become the vendor battleground in IIoT markets between traditional CT, IT and OT vendors.
  6. Users will move from tactical to strategic IIoT thinking as previously deployed point-solutions (e.g. most M2M systems) reveal more and more functional limitations and IT management issues.
  7. Major IT systems integrators will begin to offer “managed solutions” for edge computing in addition to their “managed services” for cloud computing.
  8. Interoperability and legacy integration problems will be reduced with connector technologies, data normalization and shared micro-services delivered in/on “smart gateways”.
  9. Second-generation IIoT smart gateways (software-defined with on-board IIoT software stacks, connectivity and shared services) will quickly render first-generation (hardware-defined) M2M gateways obsolete.
  10. Security at the edge will be positioned as an IT/OT firewall. The potential for hacking OT systems, possibly through IT connections, is increasingly becoming a concern. Edge computing appliances will serve as the IT/OT firewall.

“Today’s trends show that the term ‘Edge Computing’ will continue to grow in usage and come to represent most implementation scenarios for the IIoT,” Jennis said. “The addition of new capabilities ‘at the edges’ of OT systems, IT systems, the Internet and cloud services will come to define the evolution of the IIoT and its new business value-add.”

“Next-generation smart gateways and industrial servers will supply the edge platforms to support the demands of the IIoT. These gateways and servers will host the software stacks that enable data connectivity from the sensor to the cloud, while also supporting edge compute and intrinsic security,” continued Jennis. “They will thus support fog computing architectures where applications can add-value at the most appropriate place in an end-to-end IIoT system: at the device, on the edge appliance, or in the IT/cloud environment. This multi-tiered architecture will come to define the IIoT and provide the ubiquitous (and secure) data accessibility and distributed systems capabilities needed to support new vertical solutions in, for example, smart factories, intelligent transportation systems and integrated healthcare systems.”

 

Getting Smarter at the Edge

With over 2 billion people around the world now users of a smartphone, we have more computing power than ever right at our fingertips than ever before. Our cars, houses, factories, cities, etc. are all becoming smarter too. With all of this distributed computing power and applications, we’re producing and consuming vast quantities of data … but are we using this data effectively?

As systems grow in complexity and the number of connected devices/sensors increases, so too does the sheer volume of data produced. That is a lot of (potentially sensitive) data to be sending to the cloud to be analyzed for faults/abnormalities. Then there is the issue of network connectivity: what if the network goes down? What if the latency is too high for the safety/mission/business critical scenario? There are many single points of failure in a cloud-reliant solution. Local computing is therefore still vitally important to many industries, but this data still has value. Aggregating this data at the edge for cloud analysis is one way in which companies can derive massive business benefits without overburdening network communications. This aggregate data can be analyzed for insights, and results deployed back down to the edge.

Automation is an area in which edge computing plays a vital role: when you need an action to be taken immediately should something happen; you require a low-latency instantaneous response. Running edge based analytics enables companies to perform reactive, predictive, and prescriptive actions in real-time with no bandwidth costs or WAN networking issues to worry about. Automating decisions at the edge enables geographically isolated systems to benefit from big-data analytics without requiring high-bandwidth, low-latency connections to the cloud.

Edge computing is enabling many areas of high interest: self-driving cars, factory automation, autonomous drones, predictive maintenance, and the list keeps growing. Unlocking the potential of the ever-growing volume of data being produced means greater efficiency, more effective and timely actions, and valuable insights.

The recently announced Vortex Edge PMQ solution utilizes the power of PrismTech’s Vortex data-connectivity software, ADLINK’s ruggedized industrial hardware, and IBM’s advanced Predictive Maintenance and Quality analytics. Vortex Edge PMQ provides an edge analytics solution designed for Industrial Internet of Things environments where cloud computing access may be limited or otherwise not desired.

For a more detailed look at Vortex Edge PMQ and implementation examples, visit http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-edge-pmq

PrismTech and RTTS Extend Partnership to Provide Unparalleled Support to Developers of Combat and Battlefield Management Systems in India

DefensePrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems and RTTS (RealTime TechSolutions), a systems integration specialist to defense customers that need extreme levels of performance and reliability, said today they will extend their eight-year partnership. The companies will focus on delivering technology and services that simplify combat management system development and dramatically reduce development time.

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Over the past eight years, RTTS have developed their engineering, consulting and support teams to a high level of DDS expertise, allowing developers based in India to benefit from first line support in their own time zone.

“RTTS’s team now has over 150+ man years of experience with DDS which makes us unique in India,” said Raj Rajagopolan, Director, RTTS. “I am excited to continue to grow our business with the extension of our partnership with PrismTech.”

The Indian Government are committing to develop many new combat and battlefield management systems. PrismTech and RTTS’s extended partnership will see continued growth in the use of Vortex OpenSplice in these programs.

PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard. Vortex OpenSplice has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time data-processing systems.

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

Vortex & ADLINK’s MXE-202i IoT Gateway Demo

This demo features the combination of Vortex and ADLINK’s MXE-202i IoT Gateway that can be used to:

  • Provide reliable, real-time Device-to-device data connectivity for IoT Edge and Fog networks
  • Create a decentralized architecture that removes any single points of failure
  • Support automatic discovery for edge-based devices and applications enabling an IoT system to evolve dynamically
  • Show data interoperability between DDS and other protocols enabled by Vortex
  • Enable edge-based processing and analytics in order to:
    • Reduce response time and improve decision-making
    • Federate processing load across nodes
    • Minimize network bandwidth consumption in comparison to Cloud-centric solutions

Vortex 2.1 is now available

Vortex 2.1 includes the following new functionality:

  • Client side Durability is now supported by both Vortex Lite and Vortex Café. This means that TRANSIENT and PERSISTENT Durability QoS policies can now be used by both Vortex Lite and Vortex Café applications provided that at least one Vortex OpenSplice™ Durability Service is deployed in the same system.

  • Vortex Lite now includes support for extensible data models based on Google Protocol Buffers (GPB). GPB is a language-neutral, platform-neutral extensible mechanism for serializing structured data developed by Google. The benefit of using GPBs is that they are extensible and can be updated without breaking programs that are compiled against “older” data structure definitions. This ability enables systems and their data models to evolve dynamically without major application re-engineering. GPB support in Vortex Lite is currently available for the ISO C++ API. GPB support is already available in Vortex OpenSplice (Java, C and ISO C++) and will be available shortly in Vortex Café.

  • Vortex OpenSplice also includes a number of new features, including:

    • It is now possible to detach from all domains. A new operation has been added to the DomainParticipantFactory in the DDS API that allows you to detach your application safely from all Domains it is participating in with one single call.

    • The naming of DomainParticipant, Publisher, Subscriber, DataWriter and DataReader entities has been improved. When visualized with one of the Vortex tools (Insight, Tuner or Tester) the improved naming makes it easier for users to relate entities to their applications.

    • A new section called “Controls” has been introduced to Vortex OpenSplice Launcher. This section contains buttons to easily start and stop an OpenSplice domain based on the active ospl config file in Launcher. When the user clicks on the start/stop button, a progress bar is displayed in the bottom tool bar to indicate that Launcher is processing the request. When Launcher has completed the operation, notification pop-up messages are displayed indicating the result of the requested operation.

    • Windows 10 is now supported.

“This new version of the Vortex platform highlights how we have significantly accelerated our new product development following our recent acquisition by ADLINK Technology,” said Angelo Corsaro, CTO, PrismTech.  “We look forward to delivering many new extremely innovative IoT products to our global customer base in the coming months.”

 

PrismTech Details the Multiple Benefits of ADLINK Partnership

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The acquisition of PrismTech by ADLINK Technology has generated considerable media interest which has largely acknowledged that this move is very positive, benefiting both companies and more importantly our existing and future customers. However, some recent comments by one of our competitors on the subject have in our opinion been very misleading and we feel that we must respond.

The acquisition by ADLINK in no way undermines the security of supply for PrismTech’s products to our existing customers and markets. Both companies have a strong heritage, proven track record and culture of serving markets such as Military and Aerospace including the USA that require high-performance, high-quality products that can be used on the most sensitive projects. The fact that ADLINK is a Taiwanese owned company in no way affects this. In fact, security of supply for PrismTech customers is enhanced through the strength gained by being part of a much larger and fast growing company.

PrismTech’s Vortex suite of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies is based on the Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) open standard and this makes it very straightforward for customers not already using Vortex to migrate away from their existing DDS supplier and benefit from a much more stable vendor who is investing massively in new product development. This acquisition does not affect PrismTech’s commitment to the DDS standard, with our CTO Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D. remaining Co-Chair of the Object Management Group (OMG) DDS Special Interest Group (SIG).

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“ADLINK gives PrismTech a truly global reach unlike some of our competitors who have limited resources outside of the USA.”

One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition will be a much stronger USA West Coast presence with a new office in California where many of our major customers are located.

One of the key reasons that ADLINK acquired PrismTech is that there is a great synergy related to the markets that we serve, both companies for example have a strong heritage serving the international Military and Aerospace communities. Combining PrismTech’s software leadership and ADLINK’s hardware expertise and competitiveness will leverage the strengths of both companies to create new value-adding system-level solutions (hardware + software) for our target markets, including exciting new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Markets such as industrial automation, smart energy, smart cities and healthcare.

PrismTech will be run as an autonomous business unit of ADLINK ensuring that we can remain highly customer focused while leveraging the additional strengths and synergy of ADLINK. Any new combination products with ADLINK hardware will be additive to our product lines and not in any way change our fundamental policy of Vortex being hardware and vendor agnostic. PrismTech will continue to work in the same way with all hardware, RTOS and other technology vendors that offer complementary products to Vortex.

In summary, the main changes existing customers will notice from this acquisition will be in acceleration in the development of new and exciting products. PrismTech has been a trusted suppler to numerous fortune 5000 companies for over twenty years, the acquisition by ADLINK will not change this. With the financial strength and support of ADLINK our customers can be confident that security of supply and long term investment in Vortex product development will be enhanced by the acquisition.

Discover Vortex Insight: Situational Awareness + Operational Intelligence in real-time.

Large scale systems of systems are exponentially increasing in complexity, as the Internet of Things grows and develops. Utilizing Vortex Insight can allow you and your project to be ahead of the curve when it comes to achieving true operational intelligence.

Monitoring your DDS system powered by Vortex is simple and provides many benefits:

  • Reduce the time to identify the cause of problems in both a system under development or a deployed system
  • Reduce the need to send technical support engineers on site to identify problems in a deployed system
  • Monitor and manage a system from any location and on any device (with appropriate web browser support)
  • Monitor nonfunctional properties of the system in order to optimize its performance
  • Provide real-time operational intelligence and visibility in a deployed system through detailed statistics and alerts

Vortex Insight’s ability to Monitor, Detect, and Manage a Vortex system makes it an incredibly useful tool for drastically reducing overhead in system maintenance. By providing a runtime view of a system, along with a configurable dashboard, Vortex Insight enables a single easy-to-use source to quickly view the health of a system. Additionally, Vortex Insight can be configured to provide real-time alerts for abnormal resource usage to quickly detect system malfunctions.

Finally, Vortex Insight enables QoS configuration on-the-fly to enable fine tuning of a live system without having to shut the entire system down for maintenance. Combined with the web-based thin client GUI and documented REST API, Vortex Insight can be utilized from almost any device with a browser – enabling truly portable & accessible system management.