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PROSYS OPC AND IOTECH SYSTEMS LIMITED PARTNER IN PROVIDING OPC UA CAPABILITIES TO EDGEX FOUNDRY™, A VENDOR-NEUTRAL OPEN SOURCE PTOJECT HOSTED BY THE LINUX FOUNDATION THAT IS BUILDING A COMMON OPEN FRAMEWORK FOR IOT EDGE COMPUTING


Nuremberg, Espoo, Newcastle Upon Tyne – November 28, 2017 – Prosys OPC and IOTech have agreed that IOTech's Edge Xpert offering will include an optional Prosys OPC UA Java SDK for developing the device services with OPC UA communications. Prosys OPC UA Java SDK takes care of all the OPC UA communication details and is certified by the OPC Foundation to be OPC UA compliant.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with IOTech”, said Pyry Grönholm, Prosys COO. “It will deliver unique benefits for many industrial customers by combining Prosys OPC UA Java SDK and the open source based IOTech Edge Xpert”.

IOTech's first product offering, Edge Xpert, is a commercially-supported and packaged implementation of the open source EdgeX Foundry core platform.  Each Edge Xpert software subscription includes a commercial support and maintenance Service Level Agreement (SLA) to ensure service-level commitments for customers that value premium product quality and support.

The Edge Xpert product offering also includes complementary professional services to optimize EdgeX adoption across the complete project life cycle, including training, on-boarding customer assets, operational technology integration, proof of concept and accelerated roadmap.

"OPC UA is such an important standard for our Industrial IoT customers and it is really important that our products can support it,” said Keith Steele, IOTech CEO. "We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers an implementation based on the superb Prosys OPC UA Java SDK.”

OPC Foundation is an international organization having over 540 members including enterprises, universities, research institutes, etc. OPC UA is the latest set of specifications and communications stacks, enabling standard communication from sensor-device level to automation and information systems, and up to latest cloud based solutions. Support for OPC UA communication has recently been defined as a mandatory requirement for Industry 4.0 Components.

"OPC UA technology is expanding into IoT markets and it’s great to see more and more companies delivering complete solutions to customers”, said Stefan Hoppe, OPC Foundation Global Vice President.
About Prosys OPC

Prosys OPC is a leading provider of OPC and OPC UA software products, toolkits and professional services. Prosys OPC offers both developer toolkits and applications software, and customers and partners include industrial, energy and high-tech companies. Prosys OPC UA software products are based on Java technology, and these products are available in numerous platforms. For more information, please visit: www.prosysopc.com
About IOTech Systems Limited

IOTech’s aim is to be a leader in the global Edge/Fog IoT platform market through a productized open source business model and a channel strategy incorporating the key global IoT players who are looking to leverage OT software solutions and skills they do not currently possess. IOTech supports the EdgeX Foundry global developer community and partner ecosystem by building software product solutions and service offerings based on the EdgeX core infrastructure platform and leveraging IOTech’s vendor neutral specialist Operational Technology (OT) and Distributed Real-time & Embedded (DRE) software skills. For more information, please visit: www.iotechsys.com

ABOUT OPC FOUNDATION

Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets.

The OPC Foundation provides the best specifications, technology, process and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The organization serves over 470 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and smart energy sectors.

ABOUT OPC UA

OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is a platform and vendor independent communication technology for a secure and reliable data exchange over the different levels of the automation pyramid. In addition, the information models of the OPC UA standard provide the foundation for semantic interoperability.

For more information, please visit: www.opcfoundation.org

ABOUT EDGEX FOUNDRY

EdgeX Foundry is an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation building a common open framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates the deployment of IoT solutions. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX enables developers to quickly create flexible IoT edge solutions that can easily adapt to changing business needs. To learn more, visit: www.edgexfoundry.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Pyry Grönholm
Prosys OPC Ltd, COO
pyry.gronholm@prosysopc.com

Andrew Foster
IOTech Systems Limited, Product Director
andrew.foster@iotechsys.com

 

EdgeX Foundry™ is the copyright of Linux Foundation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

 

MEC Congress, September 25 - 27, Berlin, Germany

IOTech’s CEO and EdgeX Foundry Technical Steering Committee (TSC) Chair, Keith Steele, will be presenting on behalf of the EdgeX Foundry project and participating in a panel discussion with other industry experts. The deatils of the sessions Keith will be particpating in are as follows:

  • Presentation: Updates from the EdgeX Foundry, Main agenda, Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 15:10 - 15:30
  • Panel Discussion: Comparing Different Edge Computing Development Strategies from ETSI MEC, OpenFog, Open Edge, MESH, CORD, M-CORD, Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 09:55 - 10:30

For more information on the MEC Congress event please visit https://tmt.knect365.com/meccongress/

Location: Hotel Palace Berlin

 

IoT Solutions World Congress, October 3 - 5 Barcelona, Spain

Come and join us at one of the biggest IoT conferences of year, IOTech will be exhibiting on the EdgeX Foundry booth #E541.

The IoT Solutions World Congress is the leading international event that links the Internet of Things with industry. On its second edition, the event has doubled the figures registered on its inaugural one, with 172 exhibiting companies and over 8,000 attendees from 70 countries. The intense activity registered during the three-day conference positions the IOTSWC16 as one of the major international platforms promoting this new technology in sectors such as Manufacturing, Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Transportation & Logistics, and Innovation and Technology.

The next edition of the IOTSWC will take place on 3 – 5 October 2017 and will offer a highly international environment with more than 10,000 visitors. Once again will focus on IoT solutions for industries.

The event is organized by Fira de Barcelona in partnership with the Industrial Internet Consortium, the Industrial IoT organization founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel to bring together organizations and technology with the goal of accelerating the growth, adoption, and widespread use of industrial IoT.

Location: Fira Barcelona, Gran Via Venue

 

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EdgeX Foundry Technical Steering Committee (TSC) Barcelona MVP kick off Meeting July 19 - 20, London, United Kingdom

Come and join us at this meeting hosted by the EdgeX TSC where the community will be focused on the detailed planning and coordination work required to deliver our first interim release of the EdgeX platform, code-named the Barcelona MVP release. The Barcelona MVP release represents a major milestone on our path to the full launch of and availability of EdgeX for prime time use in early 2018.

For more information on the meeting visit https://wiki.edgexfoundry.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=329436 or contact IOTech at http://www.iotechsys.com/contact/

Location: Westminster Room in the Dell EMC Leadenhall Street, London. Office is on the 3rd floor of the Chubb Building (formerly Ace Building) at: 100 Leadenhall St, London EC3A, UK

Directions: http://bit.ly/2uKf60c

 

IOTech CEO Keith Steele Elected as the Founding Chair of the Linux Foundation's EdgeX Foundry™ Project Technical Steering Committee

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK – June 22, 2017 – IOTech, a software company established with a vision to “build and deploy the pervasive, open, and software-defined compute infrastructure for the Industrial IoT edge” and founded by industry-acknowledged leaders and specialists in real-time software platforms for edge and fog systems, today announced that its CEO Keith Steele had been elected as the founding Chair of Linux Foundation’s EdgeX Foundry™ open source project’s Technical Steering Committee.

EdgeX Foundry™ is a vendor-neutral open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation building a common open framework for Industrial IoT edge computing.  The EdgeX platform enables and encourages the rapidly growing community of IoT solutions providers to work together in an ecosystem of interoperable components to reduce uncertainty, accelerate time to market, and facilitate scale.  By enabling the use of existing connectivity standards together with a marketplace of interoperable developer value-add it will simplify development and deployment of IoT solutions in a wide variety of use cases.  The initiative is aligned around a common goal: the simplification and standardization of the foundation for tiered edge computing architectures in the Industrial IoT market while still enabling the ecosystem to provide significant value-added differentiation.

The EdgeX Foundry™ Technical Steering Committee (TSC) is a committee composed of technical leaders from the open source project responsible for oversight of the technical codebase, the technical community and release process.

Specific TSC responsibilities include:

  • coordinating the technical direction of the EdgeX Foundry™ Project, including the architecture and projects to achieve the mission and scope of the EdgeX Foundry™ Project;
  • approving project proposals (including, but not limited to, incubation, deprecation and changes to a project’s charter or scope) in accordance with a project lifecycle document to be developed, approved and maintained by the TSC;
  • designating top level projects, umbrella projects and facilitating synergy, collaboration and technical coordination (API, data models etc.) across all projects;
  • creating sub-committees or working groups to focus on cross-project technical issues or opportunities;
  • coordinate technical community engagement with the end user community with respect to requirements, high level architecture, implementation experiences, use cases, etc.;
  • communicating with external and industry organizations concerning project technical matters;
  • appointing representatives to work with other open source or standards communities;
  • establishing community norms, workflows or policies for releases;
  • discussing, seeking consensus, and where necessary, voting on technical matters relating to the code base that affect multiple projects; and
  • establishing election processes for Maintainers or other leadership roles in the technical community that are not within the scope of any single project.

As a global middleware pioneer and entrepreneur for over 25 years, with a proven record of starting and growing successful software companies, Keith Steele brings a vast amount of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the role of TSC Chair. Keith recently founded IOTech after exiting PrismTech following its sale and successful transition to ADLINK. Under Keith's leadership as founder and CEO, PrismTech grew from a start-up to become a global player serving military and Industrial IoT customers around the world in markets such as Telecommunications, Aerospace and Defense, Industrial Automation and Smart Energy. Keith has international M&A experience in the US and Europe, he began his career with Texas Instruments and has since held CEO roles with a multinational systems integration business, an international contract R&D company and an oil industry focused software products company. Keith has been a vocal promoter of international standards and served on the boards of POSC and the OMG.

Keith Steele, IOTech’s CEO commented, “I am delighted to have been elected to this important and exciting role and look forward to working with some really talented colleagues on the TCS and at the Linux Foundation.  If EdgeX Foundry™ is to be a success it’s essential that the TCS provides the strong technical leadership and direction needed to support the EdgeX community and the wider IIoT market.”

"Industry collaboration is vital to ensuring the success of the IoT market and unifying the marketplace,” said Philip DesAutels, Senior Director of IoT at The Linux Foundation. "We are thrilled that Keith is leading the EdgeX Foundry Technical Steering Committee and are confident that his leadership will greatly help us develop a framework for accelerating enterprise and industrial IoT."

 

EdgeX Foundry project technical kick off meeting June 1 -2, Boston, MA 

Come and meet us at the EdgeXFoundry technical kickoff meeting hosted by Analog Devices. We want to hear about your business challenges and discuss how IOTech can help make your projects a success.
 
Location - Analog Devices, 1 Technology Way, Norwood, MA 02062
 
 

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IOTech Press Release

New Industrial IoT Software and Services Company IOTech Aligns with Linux Foundation EdgeX Foundry™ Project Aimed at Unifying the Ecosystem for IoT Edge Solutions

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK – April 24, 2017 – IOTech, a new software company established with a vision to “build and deploy the pervasive, open, and software-defined compute infrastructure for the Industrial IoT edge” and founded by industry-acknowledged leaders and specialists in real-time software platforms for edge and fog systems, today announced it was joining the Linux Foundation’s EdgeX Foundry™ open source project as a founding member.

With its specialist Operational Technology (OT) and Distributed Real Time and Embedded (DRE) skills base, IOTech will be a major contributor to EdgeX Foundry™ and will support the project’s rapidly growing global developer community and partner ecosystem by providing a vendor-neutral source of fully commercialized versions of the EdgeX code base. IOTech will also provide a range of services for partners and customers that don’t want to productize or support the code themselves or have the skills or resources to integrate their software and hardware assets.

IOTech considers its own aims perfectly aligned with those of the EdgeX Foundry™, which is to accelerate global Industrial IoT market adoption by building a common open framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates enterprise and Industrial IoT.

EdgeX Foundry™ is aligned around a common goal – the simplification and standardization of the foundation for edge computing architectures in the IoT market while still allowing the ecosystem to add significant value.

Concurrently, IOTech is announcing it has joined Dell’s global IoT Solutions Partner Program. Keith Steele, IOTech’s CEO and the former Founder and CEO of PrismTech commented, “We are pleased to be working with Dell and I expect this to be the first of many relationships with key global IoT players large and small looking to leverage EdgeX Foundry™ as the emerging de-facto standard for IoT edge computing to facilitate an ecosystem of interoperable value-add.”

“We are delighted to have IOTech playing a key role in the commercialization efforts for EdgeX Foundry™” said Jason Shepherd, Director of IoT Strategy and Partnerships, Dell. “Their expertise and vendor-neutrality will allow them to help anyone in the community accelerate commercial offerings based on the EdgeX Foundry™ interoperability platform, which in turn will help accelerate adoption of the project.”

"IOTech is a valued member of the EdgeX Foundry™ community," said Philip DesAutels, PhD Senior Director of IoT at The Linux Foundation "By leveraging the EdgeX code base, IOTech is building on the promise of open source to deliver real value today to their customers and the greater EdgeX ecosystem."

IOTech’s first offering is a commercially-supported and packaged implementation of the EdgeX Foundry™ foundation and associated interoperability framework, available with a range of complementary service offerings as follows:

  • Full commercial support and maintenance subscriptions offering service-level guarantees for customers that value premium product quality and support
  • Services from architectural design up to and including a full integration service to help hardware and software vendors merge their value-added product offerings with the EdgeX foundation (e.g. analytics, security system management, database)
  • Acceleration of the ‘productised’ roadmap for EdgeX Foundry™ to support new platform features
  • Proof of concepts and demonstrators to mitigate risk and accelerate the adoption of EdgeX
  • Standard or bespoke EdgeX training at one of their facilities or alternatively delivered on-site for convenience and schedule
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