VMworld 2017 to showcase Vortex Edge PMQ


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.

OT/IT Connectivity with Vortex Edge Connect

One of the main challenges facing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) community is connecting operational or field systems, comprised of devices and other data sources utilizing a diverse range of protocols with higher level Internet of Things (IoT) systems. This is where Vortex Edge Connect comes in.

Vortex Edge Connect ingests data from industrial devices such as PLCs, PAC, RTUs, DAQs, sensors, actuators, etc. using a range of Operational Technology (OT) protocols. This ingested data is then converted into a normalized in-memory data model which enables this data to be shared with other higher level systems such as SCADA systems, analytics engines, ERP, MES, etc.

Due to the Vortex Edge Connects innovative design, it is highly scalable and can support 1-to-1, 1-to-many, or many-to-many data connection models. Whether you’re in a Linux or Windows environment, Vortex Edge Connect is platform and operating system independent, enabling you to deploy with ease and peace of mind for expansion and integration.

For more information on Vortex Edge Connect, please visit our website.

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.”

As an example of this trend PrismTech’s newly announced Vortex Edge PMQ (http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-edge-pmq) leverages best in class IIoT edge computing, connectivity and predictive analytics technologies to provide real-time device-edge-cloud connectivity.

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.”


Rapidly Build IoT Apps with Vortex and Node-RED

Quite often as a Maker you want an easy way to process and/or analyze data from one or more input sources to produce new data or information. This is the reason that Node-RED was created to provide a visual way of wiring together the Internet of Things (IoT). The premise behind Node-RED is simple; it is a library of different types of nodes that can be dragged onto a canvas and wired together. For some nodes it is possible to configure them to control their behavior. Once the nodes are connected (known as a flow) it can be executed. Really it is that easy to build an application.

To make it possible to use Node-RED to rapidly build applications for the Vortex DDS platform we have contributed two new nodes to the community. The nodes make it possible to ingest data from  to write data to the Vortex data-sharing platform. A user provides the properties  of a Vortex Web server which Node-RED uses as the access point to the Vortex platform. Data flows between the two over an efficient WebSocket based protocol.

Let us quickly build an application using Node-RED. In this application we build application that reads data from Vortex containing the geo-location of an object, it then calculates the distance from the object to Big Ben in London and finally writes the distance back to Vortex. We start by dragging a Vortex In node onto our Node-RED canvas.

Flow with Vortex In Node

Open the properties for the Vortex In node and then the first thing we have to do is define a connection to Vortex; the vortex property. The following config node will open.

Vortex config node

We can configure the node to read PhoneSensorData and limit receiving the data to once a second.

Vortex In node properties

Now we can drag a function node onto our canvas and wire the output of the SensorData node to the input of this new node.

Flow with function node

In the function node we will calculate the distance to Big Ben from the latitude and longitude data we received from the sensor.

// Get the latitude and longitude from the Vortex data
var id = msg.payload.d.id;
var lat1 = msg.payload.d.lat;
var lon1 = msg.payload.d.lng;
// Big Ben in the UK
var lat2 = 51.5007733;
var lon2 = -0.1246402;
var radlat1 = Math.PI * lat1/180
var radlat2 = Math.PI * lat2/180
var radlon1 = Math.PI * lon1/180
var radlon2 = Math.PI * lon2/180
var theta = lon1-lon2
var radtheta = Math.PI * theta/180
var dist = Math.sin(radlat1) * Math.sin(radlat2) + Math.cos(radlat1) * Math.cos(radlat2) * Math.cos(radtheta);
dist = Math.acos(dist)
dist = dist * 180/Math.PI
dist = dist * 60 * 1.1515
var newMsg = { "payload": {"id": id, "dist": dist }};

Finally, we can publish the result of the calculation back to Vortex by dragging a Vortex Out node onto our canvas. Connect the output of the function node to this new Vortex Out node.
Flow with Vortex Out node

Configure the Vortex Out node to write data to the DistanceToBB topic.

Vortex Out node properties

Finally, so that we can easily see what is going on add a Debug node and connect the output of CalculateDistance to its input.

Flow with Debug node

It is now time to Deploy the application and see the results.

Debug results from executing flow

That is it, it is that easy to build an application that uses Vortex data. For more information check out Vortex Node-RED nodes on GitHub

Please leave your comments and suggestions it will inspire us to make the project even better.

PrismTech Presentation Highlights how OMG DDS Standard is a Crucial Enabler for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

At the recent Object Management Group (OMG) Technical meeting in Cambridge, MA, USA, PrismTech SVP for Corporate Development, Steve Jennis presented on the subject of “Data Distribution Service (OMG DDS) – Aligning OT and IT to Deliver the Potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)” at its special Putting IIoT to Work Event.

The presentation highlighted the four mega trends that are driving IIoT adoption, specifically: (1) the continuous decline of the cost of Internet-connected sensors, (2) the vast amount of money being invested into the IoT by both large and startup companies focused on the development of devices, gateways, software, cloud, fog nodes, analytics and HMI technologies, (3) almost ubiquitous Internet connectivity and (4) the high adoption levels of smart phones, tablets and other BYOD devices.

The presentation also discussed how the OMG DDS standard can support the creation of new end-to-end IIoT systems that provide the potential for innovative new products and services, higher levels of productivity and environmental benefits.

Finally Steve showed how PrismTech’s Vortex, the leading commercial and open source implementation of the OMG DDS standard, is being used as a data-centric cross-platform enabler for OT / IT integration between edge, gateway, cloud, mobility etc. and how it is helping deliver OT and IT alignment, and thus the IIoT.

First IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC 2015) was a big success

Feedback from the large number of attendees who visited PrismTech booth at the first annual IoT Solutions World Congress that has just ended was that the event had been a big success.  Held in Fira, Barcelona, Spain and in partnership with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) the congress brings the world’s IoT players together to showcase the Internet of Things’ market.

Attended by over 4000 international IoT decision makers, with 120 speakers and 83 sessions spread across 6 different congress tracks, this year’s congress theme “Putting IoT to work” highlighted hot topics such as government’s role in IoT, collaboration and partnership models and dealing with start-ups amongst businesses. At the same time core issues such as security, interoperability, big data management, insights and analytics; and mobility remained the focus of many discussions.

Many attendees enjoyed exploring excellent exhibits such as Intel’s Automated Smart Greenhouse, Vodafone’s Connected Car, Carriots’ Lego Smart City and NEC’s Face/Age detection technology to name but a few.

PrismTech announced its Vortex Innovator Program (VIP) on the first day of the congress. The VIP provides access to Vortex Products to qualifying IoT startup companies with innovative new ideas, by removing any up front licensing costs and helping them to kick-start their IoT journey.

On the final day of the event, PrismTech CTO, Angelo Corsaro presented to the main conference on subject of “Smart, Secure and Efficient Data-Sharing in IoT”. The presentation was very well received and discussed the many capabilities of DDS fundamental to efficient real-time data sharing in IoT systems.

With a great atmosphere throughout the 3-day event, the feedback that PrismTech received from delegates, speakers and exhibitors alike was that the IoT SWC conference had been a massive success, roll on IOTSWC 2016.