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.

Getting Started Tutorial with Vortex OpenSplice Tester Video

In this tutorial video presented by Nate Wieselquist, you can learn about how to get started using the Vortex OpenSplice Tester tool in order to help you automate the process of testing and debugging your DDS system. Both passive and active benefits of the Vortex OpenSplice Tester tool are covered in this video as well as an example walkthrough.

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.”

 

Vortex 2.0 is now available to download

PrismTech is pleased to announce that Vortex 2.0, a major upgrade of its award winning Intelligent Data-Sharing Platform is now generally available for evaluation and purchase. The Vortex platform provides the most comprehensive Industrial IoT solution for integrating devices, real-time high performance edge-based Fog networks and Cloud systems.

Vortex 2.0 delivers significant benefits in terms of support for Fog computing, improved robustness, security, platform support and ease of use. Vortex 2.0 includes the following new functionality:

  • Vortex OpenSplice 6.6 – includes new features such as Google Protocol Buffer (GPB) support, latest ISO C++ API, dynamic network partitions, Durability Service optimizations, coherent updates – full PresentationQoSPolicy support,  RnR Service – split file recording and Python scripting support for OpenSplice Tester
  • Vortex Fog 1.x – a new addition to the platform providing secure interest based routing of real-time information between UDP (multicast and unicast) enabled edge networks and TCP endpoints, enabling Device-Fog, Fog-Fog and Fog-Cloud connectivity
  • Vortex Cloud 1.3 – includes new Boundary Security solution
  • Vortex Lite 2.0 – latest ISO C++ API, enhanced Durability QoS, support for Windows 10, Mac OS X10.1
  • Vortex Insight 1.2 – usability improvements

Vortex is ideally suited for mission-critical distributed and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. It is based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-time Systems open standard and builds on proven technologies to provide an efficient solution for Internet scale real-time data sharing. Vortex 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); for IIoT systems Vortex delivers the right information to the right place at the right time.

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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.

Building Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Systems with the Vortex IoT Data Sharing Platform Webcast

Date: 24th September 2015
Location: Online

Why Attend:

  • Learn how companies are today using the Vortex IoT Data Sharing Platform to build autonomous and connected vehicle systems,
  • Understand the common data sharing requirements for autonomous and connected vehicles,
  • Learn about Vortex’s features that make it ideal for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Abstract:

Although Autonomous and connected vehicles may sound somewhat futuristic applications of the Internet of Things (IoT), the reality is that these systems are being built and operated today in special environments. The design of these systems pose some unique challenges due to the constraints imposed by the criticality of the applications and the heterogeneity of the deployment environments. To put it another way, autonomous connected vehicles should not crash into each other, nor into other vehicles, whilst at the same time have to deal with connectivity that changes depending on their location, e.g. connectivity in down-town San Francisco may not be the same as the connectivity experience in the Joshua Tree National Park.

This webcast will (1) showcase how PrismTech’s Vortex Data Sharing Platform based on the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard is used today as the foundation of several autonomous and connected vehicles, (2) summarize the key requirements characteristic of these types of application, and (3) introduce the Vortex features that make it a perfect match for connectivity in autonomous and connected vehicle platforms and applications.

The webcast will last approximately one hour.

Webcast Presenter:

Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D. is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at PrismTech where he directs the technology strategy, planning, evolution, and evangelism. Angelo leads the strategic standardization at the Object Management Group (OMG), where he co-chairs the Data Distribution Service (DDS) Special Interest Group and serves on the Architecture Board. Angelo is a widely known and cited expert in the field of real-time and distributed systems, middleware, and software patterns, has authored several international standards and enjoys over 10+ years of experience in technology management and design of high performance mission- and business-critical distributed systems. Angelo received a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Computer Science from the Washington University in St. Louis, and a Laurea Magna cum Laude in Computer Engineering from the University of Catania, Italy.