Vortex Edge PMQ featured at the 2017 Industrial Summit in Taiwan

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ADLINK and PrismTech presented the Vortex Edge Predictive Maintenance & Quality (PMQ) at the Intel Industrial Event held in Le-Meridien, Taipei on July 18, 2017. The event showcased various Industrial IoT applications and demos from robotics and automation, to asset and logistics management.

Both ADLINK and PrismTech team featured a Conveyor Belt system that detects excessive weight, abnormal temperature and vibrations that are usually early symptoms of a potential asset problem. The conveyor belt system includes weight, temperature and vibration sensors that feed data into the Vortex Edge Smart Gateway – a small footprint ruggedized computer that is preconfigured to support asset data capture and PMQ results deployment at the edge, especially within harsh environments.

“It’s been such a good experience to meet many people from different IIoT areas and presenting our amazing technologies such as the Vortex Edge PMQ. I’m excited that this will be a good start to collaborate with many key players in the Industrial IoT space particularly in Asia.” says Janet Peng, Account Manager (APAC) at PrismTech.

PrismTech in collaboration with ADLINK, IBM and Intel developed Vortex Edge PMQ – a fully integrated hardware, data connectivity and predictive analytics solutions that addresses the challenge on predicting and identifying system problems that can cause disruptions and unplanned downtime.

Since its launch in October 2016, the Vortex Edge PMQ has gathered significant interest from businesses within manufacturing and logistics industry. Following the success at the Intel Industrial Event, PrismTech and ADLINK will be showcasing the Conveyor Belt demo at the VM World events in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) and Fira, Barcelona (Spain). The details of these events will be announced shortly.

For more details about the Vortex Edge PMQ, contact PrismTech

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

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.