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.

MathWorks MATLAB and Simulink with Vortex OpenSplice DDS Tutorial

To coincide with the release of PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice 6.8, we have put together a series of videos to show how simple using Vortex OpenSplice DDS in MATLAB and Simulink is.

Presented by Paul Elder, these videos walk you through everything you’ll need to get up and running with Vortex: from installation, right through to building a model.

 

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 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.