PrismTech collaborates with other IoT companies in IIC’s Security Claims Evaluation Testbed

IIC Testbed DiagramThe Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC) announces its first security assessment-focused testbed: the Security Claims Evaluation Testbed. IIC member organizations UL, Xilinx, Aicas and PrismTech are collaborating on the project to provide an open and easily configurable cybersecurity platform for evaluation of endpoint, gateway, and other networked components’ security capabilities. Data sources can include industrial, automotive, medical and other related endpoints requested for secure operation analysis.

“PrismTech develops secure, high performance, real-time end-to-end, data connectivity solutions for the Industrial IoT based on the OMG’s Data Distribution Service for Real-time Systems standard,” said Lawrence Ross, CEO, PrismTech. “Our technology will provide the Security Claims Evaluation Testbed with a flexible and secure Edge to Cloud data backbone that can support a broad range of participants’ security claims assessments.”

To read the full press release, visit iiconsortium.org

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.

Industrial Internet Consortium Meeting 2015 – Barcelona, Spain

Date: 14th September 2015 to 17th September 2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Industrial Internet Consortium MeetingPrismTech was the first (non founding) industry member of the Industrial Internet Consortium and will play an active role in its forthcoming meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

The Industrial Internet Consortium was founded in 2014 to further development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines, intelligent analytics and people at work. Through an independently-run consortium of technology innovators, industrial companies, academia and government, the goal of the IIC is to accelerate the development and availability of intelligent industrial automation for the public good.

This goal of the consortium is to:

  • Utilize existing and create new industry use cases and test beds for real-world applications.
  • Deliver best practices, reference architectures, case studies, and standards requirements to ease deployment of connected technologies.
  • Influence the global development standards process for internet and industrial systems.
  • Facilitate open forums to share and exchange real-world ideas, practices, lessons, and insights.
  • Build confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.

The IIC meetings are two-day working and networking events. Each event is unique but will include:

  • General members meeting.
  • Small working groups sessions focused on specific topics.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Social event.
  • New member orientation.
  • Steering Committee Meeting (closed door).
  • Additional half-day event on the Industrial Internet, open to the public.

Further information about the meeting is available from the Industrial Internet Consortium website at www.iiconsortium.org

Industrial Internet Consortium Meeting 2015 – Niskayuna, New York USA

Date: 15th July 2015 to 17th July 2015
Location: Niskayuna, New York, USA

Industrial Internet Consortium Meeting

PrismTech was the first (non founding) industry member of the Industrial Internet Consortium and will play an active role in its forthcoming meeting in Niskayuna, New York, USA.

The Industrial Internet Consortium was founded in 2014 to further development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines, intelligent analytics and people at work. Through an independently-run consortium of technology innovators, industrial companies, academia and government, the goal of the IIC is to accelerate the development and availability of intelligent industrial automation for the public good.

This goal of the consortium is to:

  • Utilize existing and create new industry use cases and test beds for real-world applications.
  • Deliver best practices, reference architectures, case studies, and standards requirements to ease deployment of connected technologies.
  • Influence the global development standards process for internet and industrial systems.
  • Facilitate open forums to share and exchange real-world ideas, practices, lessons, and insights.
  • Build confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.

The IIC meetings are two-day working and networking events. Each event is unique but will include:

  • General members meeting.
  • Small working groups sessions focused on specific topics.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Social event.
  • New member orientation.
  • Steering Committee Meeting (closed door).
  • Additional half-day event on the Industrial Internet, open to the public.

Further information about the meeting is available from the Industrial Internet Consortium website at www.iiconsortium.org

Open Architecture IoT Solutions Will Bring Major Benefits to the Energy Industry

In Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) application domains such as energy generation (including transmission and distribution), the co-ordination of operational systems (power plants, electrical power grids etc.) has traditionally been via back office centralized management infrastructure. Energy utility technologies and their data are often siloed, based on proprietary hardware from different vendors, and use many different communication protocols and telecommunication technologies to make the device data available to the centralized information systems.

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 co-ordination between grid-edge technologies and with the centralized systems, improving grid efficiency, reducing integration costs, enabling vendors to improve their products and ultimately, customers to pay less for the electricity that they consume.

Traditional Grid Management Architecture
Traditional Grid Management Architecture

The next generation of energy grids will need to adopt new approaches for the integration of distributed grid-edge devices and equipment from many different manufacturers to realize operational benefits. Existing systems that were designed to support a small number of large generation facilities will be faced with the need to integrate an increasing number of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) such as wind, solar and electricity storage into existing power generation and distribution networks.

In the current business climate, the power industry has recognized the need for change. Already in Europe the profits of the large power utilities who have invested heavily in fossil fuel plants are starting to fall. In fact, over the last five years, the top 20 utilities in Europe have lost half of their value (source: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/this-is-what-the-utility-death-spiral-looks-like). Many of their large customers are leaving the grid as they adopt renewable energy resources and become self sufficient. This has the effect of pushing up energy costs for the customers who stay and encourages more companies to become self sufficient. These major shifts are forcing the utilities to re-assess their business models, driving them to greatly increase investment in wind power, solar and distribution projects to connect renewables into their existing grids in an attempt to arrest the decline in their profits.

Open Architecture IoT Grid Management
Open Architecture IoT Grid Management

In the US the legal and commercial drivers for the adoption of renewables have not been as great up to this point. However, the US utilities have also recognized that things need to change.  In 2013 US utility giant Duke Energy formed the “Coalition of the Willing” (COW), a consortium of grid technology vendors focused on the promotion and adoption of an Open Architecture approach to standardizing the way grid-edge technologies are integrated together.

The consortium is made up of communications and grid control systems, electronics and software vendors. The initial COW member companies were limited to Duke Energy, Accenture Alstrom Grid, Ambient Corporation, Echelon, S&C Electric and Verizon.  After successfully demonstrating in real-time how different grid devices could talk to each other without the need to contact a remote centralized management system and reducing the feedback control process from minutes to less than 10 seconds, the energy industry started to really take notice. The responsiveness that Duke and its partners demonstrated can enable a system to react dynamically to changes such as a sudden drop in the wind powering a farm of turbines. The distributed management system can automatically and in real-time (within seconds) switch in battery backup storage to ensure that a smooth voltage supply is maintained. This is something that is much harder to achieve if the process of communicating with a centralized system takes minutes.

As a result, the consortium has quickly grown to over 25 companies, with new members including ABB, Cisco, Itron, PrismTech, Schweitzer and others.

All COW members must implement interoperable communication protocols that conform to open standards. These protocols must also conform to the Common Information Model (CIM) utility standard.  The protocols are used as the basis of a common communication backbone called the “Field Message Bus” which is used to connect edge-devices via standardized nodes deployed by Duke Energy. The core communication protocol that must be supported is the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service for Real-time Systems (DDS) standard. DDS implementations including PrismTech’s Vortex are being used by the consortium to provide a high performance, fault tolerant, secure, real-time interoperable data connectivity layer between edge-grids and centralized management systems. DDS can be used to unify co-ordination for the edge-grid devices while at the same time making important real-time data available to the centralized systems, as well as feeding centralized control decisions back down to the edge-grids

The ability to process data at the edge and share control decisions in real-time across device networks that were previously isolated from each other, is where the real value of the IIoT for the energy industry will be gained.  DDS as part on an Open Architecture for edge-grids is a key enabler of this capability.

Read the full article at www.iotsworldcongress.com

5th Annual IoT Day Celebrated in an IIC-organized 24-hour Tweet Chat Marathon.

PrismTech participated in a Tweet Chat to celebrate the annual IoT Day organized by Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) on 09 April 2015.

The event started at 9.00pm ET (1.00am UTC) with IIC member companies, IoT developers, analysts and enthusiasts tweeting their insights and updates about the Internet of Things for the whole 24 hours using hashtags #IIC24 #IoTDay.

Security, innovation, government’s role, value creation, IIoT adoption and its drawbacks are amongst many topics discussed. While healthcare, self-driving cars, smart factories, smart grids and home automation are unanimously recognized as areas where the IoT has found a need, innovations such as smart welding, tyres with sensors, solar-powered beacons, aquatic robots and connected cows were highlighted as exciting new IoT application domains.

During the discussion, it was agreed that IoT adoption is becoming widespread and gaining momentum all over the world, already transforming many businesses and organization through improved operational efficiency, better networking capabilities; providing a new arena for innovation and powering the rise of the Data Scientists.

Security and Interoperability emerged as key IIoT challenges that need to be addressed with some urgency. Lots of excellent insight on how to address the risks for companies looking to invest in the IIoT emerged, such as utilizing open, agile, flexible and updatable platforms; and transparency of data ownership and usage.

While there were common agreement that the government could play an important role, the day also highlighted the massive amount of effort that the IIC has done and encouraged them to continue to raise awareness & collaboration among companies, build consensus, create trust, recommend standards, ensure interoperability, and enhance credibility.

“It’s been an epic #IoTDay! Busy as bees sharing experiences & inspired by the discussions. Thanks! #IIC24 #IntelIoT” says David McKinney, Marketing and Media at IntelIoT.

As the clock had its final tick, IIC concluded the “insightful” IoT Day had been a big success.

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.