VMworld 2017 to showcase Vortex Edge PMQ

VMworld

If you are attending the VMworld show in Las Vegas, Nevada next week, don’t forget to visit the IoT Pavillion section and get your hands on the Vortex Edge PMQ conveyor belt demo.

The Vortex Edge PMQ demo is a conveyor belt system deployed with various sensors and is connected to a Vortex Edge Smart Gateway which collects and analyzes data locally using IBM’s advanced PMQ predictive analytics software. Key data is shared with IT systems in the cloud for business intelligence results sharing. One such IT system is VMware’s Pulse IoT Center which is deployed locally on an Vortex Edge Industrial Server. Pulse IoT Center provides device management services allowing the gateway to be monitored and updated with new software or analytical models.

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Vortex Edge PMQ is a fully integrated hardware, data connectivity and predictive analytics solution that enables businesses to identify and fix imminent problems before it disrupts the operation. This helps reduce maintenance cost and significantly increase productivity.

This collaboration was made possible with VMware, ADLINK and IBM to jointly test and integrate their respective IoT solutions to offer customers a comprehensive, supported IoT offering featuring the requisite hardware, software and services to tackle their IoT initiatives.

VMware and ADLINK have a common goal of speeding up IoT adoption for organizations by enabling their solutions to reduce the time and effort required to setup an end-to-end IoT solution and improve the experience. VMware and ADLINK together will provide a comprehensive edge infrastructure solution to power IoT analytics platforms that deliver new business insights for mutual customers.” — Mimi Spier, vice president, Internet of Things, VMware

ADLINK is ‘Leading EDGE COMPUTING’ by delivering the network nodes that enable practical and scalable IoT systems. Building on its strong heritage in embedded computing, ADLINK provides the hardware and advanced Edge-aware software capabilities necessary for the multi-vendor, multi-standard connectivity required in end-to-end IT/OT business solutions. With its strategic partners VMware, OSIsoft and IBM, ADLINK reduces the complexity and helps speed the deployment of enterprise IoT systems that liberate data from vendor silos and other islands-of-automation, thus enabling business improvement in terms of operational excellence, enhanced customer service and support for new business models.

“The world of IoT is exciting and daunting at the same time. OT and IT organizations approach very aligned goals from different points of view, and a common denominator is hard to find. ADLINK and VMware’s collaboration shows what happens when we bridge the divide. Creating new disruptive industry solutions takes a lot more than any one vendor can provide – and our ecosystem approach is second to none in the industry in terms of practical experience.” — Rob Risany, executive vice president — IoT Strategy, Solutions & Technology, ADLINK

VMworld 2017 will be held at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada USA on August 27th – 31st 2017, and at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain on September 11th -14th 2017.

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

PrismTech earns special recognition as first industry (non-founding) member of the Industrial Internet Consortium

The IIC highlights PrismTech during its quarterly meeting, which also coincides with the consortium’s one-year anniversary

 

Boston, MA, USA – March 26, 2015 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, was honored this week as the first industry (non-founding) member of the Industrial Internet Consortium.  The IIC highlighted PrismTech’s early involvement in the consortium during its quarterly meeting, which also coincided with the IIC’s one-year anniversary.

Through the efforts of founding members AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel, the IIC launched as an open membership group focused on breaking down the barriers of technology silos to support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds.  With the addition of early adopters such as PrismTech, the IIC is attracting the leading organizations and technologies necessary to accelerate the growth of the Industrial Internet.

“We are honored to be recognized by the IIC as its first non-founder industry member,” said Keith Steele, CEO, PrismTech.  “Our intelligent data-sharing platform, Vortex, is proving to be a key enabling technology for Industrial Internet systems.  Our active participation in the IIC provides an outstanding opportunity to work closely with the other leaders in the industry to help shape the future of the Industrial Internet and enable these systems to deliver the significant economic benefits we know are possible.”

Through its industry leading Vortex™ platform suite, PrismTech offers the most comprehensive intelligent data-sharing platform solution for Internet of Things (IoT) systems.  The Vortex platform family includes Vortex Café for mobile phones and tablets, Vortex Cloud for cloud services, Vortex Web for browsers, Vortex OpenSplice™ for corporate systems, Vortex Gateway for integration with third party network technologies, and Vortex Lite for embedded sensors.

In addition to this IIC recognition, the company was recently honored by IoT Nexus as a “Top Power Player in the Internet of Things.”  The company also has been named a Sand Hill Group “Needle Mover” in building the future of the Internet of Things and a Postscapes “Must-Follow IoT Company.”  Gartner recognized the company as a “Cool Vendor” and Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development for the company, has been recognized as one of the most influential Internet of Things executives by market researcher Appinions.

PrismTech Named a Top Power Player in the Internet of Things by IoT Nexus

PrismTech Named Internet of Things Power Player

 

 

 

PrismTech, developer of Vortex — an intelligent data-sharing platform, earned the recognition based on an industry-wide survey to discover the most powerful and innovative companies in the IoT industry

Boston, MA, USA – March 23, 2015 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that it has been recognized by business intelligence provider IoT Nexus as a “Top 50 Power Player in the Internet of Things.”  The high profile recognition was based on an industry-wide survey to discover the companies considered most powerful and most innovative in the industry.

Through its industry leading Vortex™ platform suite, PrismTech offers the most comprehensive intelligent data-sharing platform solution for IoT systems.  The Vortex platform family includes Vortex Café for mobile phones and tablets, Vortex Cloud for cloud services, Vortex Web for browsers, Vortex OpenSplice™ for corporate systems, Vortex Gateway for integration with third party network technologies, and now Vortex Lite for embedded sensors.

“We’re honored that the industry has recognized PrismTech as a Top Power Player in the Internet of Things,” said Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development at PrismTech.  “To be included as a power player with the likes of IBM, GE, ARM—and many other of the industry’s most recognizable names — is an outstanding accolade for our team.”

Most recently, the company announced that Vortex has been selected to serve as the data-sharing backbone for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a revolutionary facility designed to create an unprecedented 3-D map of the universe and anticipated to produce 30 terabytes of data every night.

PrismTech also was recently named a Sand Hill Group “Needle Mover” in building the future of the Internet of Things and a Postscapes “Must-Follow IoT Company”.  Gartner recognized the company as a “Cool Vendor” and Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development for the company, has been recognized as one of the most influential Internet of Things executives by market researcher Appinions.

Vortex is based on the OMG™’s Data Distribution Service (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 have to reliably and securely deliver high volumes of data with stringent end-to-end qualities-of-service (QoS) facilitating its ability to deliver the right information to the right place at the right time.

The full report is available from www.iot-nexus.com

Why are System Integrators So Hyped About the IoT?

Enterprise/Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems with global scale, legacy sub-systems, cloud services, connected edge-devices, Fog Computing concepts, and OT/IT alignment present a new challenge in terms of interoperability, end-to-end performance and security.  So who will deliver them?

Of course if everything were plug-and-play (PnP) out-of-the-box, we wouldn’t have a problem.  But anyone who remembers connecting a printer to a PC back in the 1980s knows that PnP takes time to arrive.  So for the foreseeable future, how will IIoT systems be implemented, deployed and maintained?  Step forward the systems integrator.  One aspect of the IIoT that hasn’t been well publicized is the huge opportunity it represents for systems integrators.  But it’s no coincidence that Accenture, PwC and many other IT and OT services companies are producing optimistic reports about the impact of the IIoT.  IIoT-related consulting services are a huge opportunity for them now, and over the next decade the market for IIoT systems development, deployment and evolution will be huge.

The vast majority of IIoT systems will include data sources and sinks (sensor networks, edge devices, brilliant machines, proprietary sub-systems, etc.) from both legacy (brown field) and new sub-systems.  In effect, IIoT systems can be regarded as an overlay on existing OT and IT systems that complements them and adds new business value through: incorporating new connected devices, supporting distributed analytics, leveraging the Internet and cloud services for global scale and mobility, facilitating enterprise OT/IT alignment, enabling supply-chain optimization and more. Read the full article at www.smartindustry.com

DDS, MQTT and the Internet of Things

The commoditization of network connectivity is providing the foundation for the Internet of Things – a system in which data flows seamlessly, at Internet Scale, between network-connected devices, mobile devices, industrial and information systems.  Yet, network connectivity alone is not sufficient; another key building block needed for the Internet of Things are standards for interoperable data sharing – as without standardized open data sharing there is no Internet of Things.

The Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) and the upcoming OASIS Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) provide two excellent examples of standards that address the Internet of Things.

Introduced in 2006, DDS has established itself as the standard for peer-to-peer real-time data sharing in Operational Systems , such as Air Traffic Management Systems, Medical Systems, and Combat Systems.  DDS has recently experienced rapid adoption as the foundation for an increasing number of Intelligent Systems in applications such as Smart Cities, Smart Grids, and m-Health.

MQTT was introduced in 1999 by IBM as a publish / subscribe, extremely simple and lightweight messaging protocol, designed for constrained devices and low-bandwidth, high-latency or unreliable networks.

DDS and MQTT share some common principles, such as parsimony and efficiency, temporal decoupling and anonymity, yet each technology has some unique features that make it most applicable for certain use cases.

For instance, MQTT is most suitable for sporadic messages and highly resource constrained devices whilst DDS is most suitable for those applications that require real-time data exchange – meaning applications in which data has an inherent temporal validity and in which stale data should never delay fresh data– and tight control over the Quality of Service (QoS).  In addition DDS supports peer-to-peer (infrastructure-less) communication, a feature that comes in handy for device-to-device communications.

In summary, DDS and MQTT are two very good standards for data sharing in the Internet of Things. DDS provides support for both Device-to-Cloud (Device-to-Data Center) communication as well as Device-to-Device.  MQTT provides very good support for Device-to-Data Center communication.

Finally, I have produced an ondemand webcast on Building the Internet of Things which you can access at: http://www.prismtech.com/opensplice/resources/webcast-archive.

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