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Device Connectivity and Edge Intelligence in Resource-Constrained Situations

Device Connectivity and Edge Intelligence in Resource-Constrained Situations

One of the companies addressing advanced computing functionality in the Cloud is IOTech, an Edge software company, who recently launched Edge XRT, a time-critical edge platform for Microsoft Azure Sphere, a secured, high-level application platform with built-in communication and security features for connected devices.

IOTech Announces Edge Xpert 1.7 - The Latest Version of its Open Edge Computing Platform with an Additional Focus on Ease-of-use and Connectivity for the Edge

IOTech Announces Edge Xpert 1.7 - The Latest Version of its Open Edge Computing Platform with an Additional Focus on Ease-of-use and Connectivity for the Edge

I am delighted to announce that the latest version of IOTech's Edge Xpert open edge computing platform is now released and available to download and deploy. Edge Xpert 1.7 is another leap forward in both the usability of the product and further expansion of the edge connectivity options provided out-of-the-box.  Easier to Use and New Tooling, Device Connectivity, cameras and videos, cloud connectivity are enhanced features added to this update. The release is based on EdgeX Foundry's Geneva release

IOTech announces latest release of Edge XRT, its open edge software platform for time-critical IoT systems

IOTech announces latest release of Edge XRT, its open edge software platform for time-critical IoT systems

Edge XRT v1.1 adds configurable OT and cloud connectivity options, improved tooling and comprehensive support for Microsoft's new generation of Azure Sphere embedded MCUs. Edge XRT greatly simplifies the development of time-critical IoT systems at the edge and enables application portability, improved supportability and faster time-to-market for new IoT edge applications. Edge XRT runs on commodity hardware, independent of the silicon provider and operating system, and has complete deployment flexibility. It can be deployed as a native application, containerized and/or into a virtualized environment. With its small memory footprint and efficient use of computing resources, Edge XRT is suitable for microcontroller-based IoT applications, including instrumentation and equipment monitoring, automobile engine management systems, medical devices, home automation and consumer electronics.

2017: A Year of Momentum for EdgeX and IOTech

2017: A Year of Momentum for EdgeX and IOTech

Keith Steele, IOTech CEO, EdgeX Foundry Board member and Technical Steering Committee (TSC) Chair gives his views on why the EdgeX Foundry project has generated so much momentum in just six months after launch, spotlighting also the importance of credible commercialization partners. What is driving this momentum? First and foremost, there's a market need, the industrial internet of Things (IIoT) market is projected to grow to $195B in the next few years (source Markets and Markets), with at least 40% IoT data stored, processed, analyzed at or near the edge (source IDC).   Secondly, there's a technology gap as identified by the IIC's Edge Computing Task Group, the Open Fog consortium and many industry-leading companies. Peter Levine from Andreessen-Horowitz has provocatively suggested that the age of edge compute is taking over the cloud.

The Road to Barcelona: Putting together the EdgeX Community Demonstrator for IoT Solutions World Congress 2018

The Road to Barcelona: Putting together the EdgeX Community Demonstrator for IoT Solutions World Congress 2018

With the help of Basking Automation - our building automation partner, we designed the demonstrator so that the lighting and air conditioning of three distinct zones in a smart building could be automatically controlled based on the ambient conditions and the number of occupants in each zone.  The role of EdgeX is to collect data from industrial-grade light and temperature sensors, then to efficiently manage the office environment by intelligently delivering the desired actuation values to the lighting and air conditioning units.  The objective of the demonstration was to give an opportunity for visitors to the stand to affect the behaviour themselves by swiping users into zones, interacting with the sensors and observing the resulting changes to the lights and air conditioning units.  The demonstration also included a power meter so that the efficiency gains from the automation can be easily observed.  All this functionality was running at the Edge but we also demonstrated Cloud system integration by delivering data to the Basking platform which provides further detailed control and analysis for the building automation domain.

IOTech Partners with RSA to Add Advanced Security Capability to its Edge Software Solutions

IOTech Partners with RSA to Add Advanced Security Capability to its Edge Software Solutions

IOTech, the edge software company, is partnering with leading security company RSA to add IoT security monitoring technology to its Edge Xpert software platform. IOTech's Edge Xpert is a commercial and fully supported version of EdgeX Foundry,  the world's leading ecosystem-enabled open platform for the IoT edge. RSA IoT Security Monitor is designed to provide a unified approach to managing digital risk with IoT Gateways running EdgeX implementations, and provides a valuable and complementary addition to IOTech's suite of edge software products.

IOTech Webcast Series: From Centralized to Hybrid Edge-Cloud Architectures

IOTech Webcast Series: From Centralized to Hybrid Edge-Cloud Architectures

Join James Butcher, IOTech Product Manager and recognized industry expert for the latest instalment in IOTech's Webcast Series as he discusses the need for interoperability between Edge and Cloud architectures and why a Hybrid model is the way forward. There is currently an acceleration from fully centralized cloud-based systems to distributed architectures driven by edge computing. Cloud computing alone is unable to handle the vast amounts of data that will be created by the billions of connected devices that are predicted, or the need for local insights from the latency-sensitive applications on which they depend. However, most systems will not solely rely on edge computing solutions either. In fact, fully autonomous edge applications are quite rare.

IOTech to develop EdgeX Foundry Community Demonstrator

IOTech to develop EdgeX Foundry Community Demonstrator

IOTech, the IoT Edge Platform company, announced today it is in the process of developing an EdgeX Foundry™ community demonstrator. EdgeX Foundry supports a common IoT edge framework enabling an ecosystem of plug-and-play components that unifies the marketplace and makes it easier for developers to build, deploy, run and scale IoT solutions for industrial, enterprise and consumer applications. This project is the first of several community demonstrators, which will be used to showcase the full capabilities of the EdgeX IoT Edge Platform across several use cases, and vertical markets. The first vertical market showcased will be Smart Buildings Automation and the first chance to see the demonstrator in action will be at IoT World Solutions Congress in Barcelona between the 16th -18th October 2018.

Edge XRT Available as Part of Edge Xpert 1.6 Release

Edge XRT Available as Part of Edge Xpert 1.6 Release

IOTech are excited to announce the release of Edge Xpert 1.6. This is a significant new product release for a number of reasons but I wanted to highlight in this blog about how version 1.6 includes the initial availability of Edge XRT. Edge XRT is a new IOTech product we are launching and is the first real-time edge computing platform for the Industrial IoT. Aimed at real-time industrial process automation and embedded microcontroller applications, XRT enables ultra-low latency, high frequency data processing in a powerful edge computing platform. Edge control systems can utilize XRT to make key data-driven decisions within the deterministic timeframes demanded by time-critical IoT applications. We designed XRT to be a fully integrated and complementary extension to EdgeX Foundry, the leading open source edge computing platform. XRT now makes EdgeX the only IoT edge platform capable of supporting the full spectrum of secure hard and soft real-time IoT edge computing needs, and I think our users will really like this new capability.

IOTech Adds Key Industrial Connectivity in Latest Edge Xpert Release

IOTech Adds Key Industrial Connectivity in Latest Edge Xpert Release

The latest release of open edge computing platform features new ease-of-use and industrial connectivity features. IOTech announced the release of its Edge Xpert v1.7, the latest version of the company's comprehensive and extensible edge computing platform.  Based on the EdgeX Foundry 'Geneva' release it also includes many features that are exclusive to Edge Xpert. The vendor-neutral Edge Xpert is an open edge computing platform designed to greatly simplify and decrease OT and IT integration effort at the edge. It provides new features to reduce development effort, time to market and, ultimately, the total cost and business risk of developing edge computing solutions.

Dell Technologies capital leads IOTech Series a round on the back of major deals

Dell Technologies capital leads IOTech Series a round on the back of major deals

IOTech Systems Limited (IOTech), the IoT Edge platform company, today announced a $7.5 million Series A funding round to help accelerate product delivery and build its global sales & marketing team. Led by Dell Technologies Capital, the round includes additional investment from SPDG, (Société Anonyme de Participation et De Gestion), the holding company of the Périer-D'Ieteren family, Northstar Ventures and the Scottish Investment bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise.

2020 Embedded Vision Summit

2020 Embedded Vision Summit

IOTech will be participating as part of the Intel exhibit. Intel will highlight their Edge/AI/IOT portfolio and demonstrate how they and their partners such as IOTech are tackling the big challenges in edge computing and AI. The main Intel booth and supporting vertical booths (IoT Vision, IoT Retail and IoT Industrial) will showcase developer tools that make it easier to build, optimize, and deploy vision solutions at the edge. 

Prosys OPC and IOTech Systems Limited partner in providing OPC-UA capabilities to EdgeX Foundry

Prosys OPC and IOTech Systems Limited partner in providing OPC-UA capabilities to EdgeX Foundry

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. 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.

IOTech secures $2.5M seed funding to accelerate the delivery of IoT Edge technology

IOTech secures $2.5M seed funding to accelerate the delivery of IoT Edge technology

IOTech, the IoT Edge Platform company, announced today that the company has secured $2.5 million in seed funding to accelerate the development of its products and services, enhance support for its partner ecosystem and expand its local presence. Dell Technologies Capital is an investor and Innovate UK is providing R&D funding. Founded by industry-acknowledged leaders in the Industrial IoT (IIoT) domain, IOTech's products address a full spectrum of secure hard and soft real-time edge computing needs across multiple vertical IIoT market domains. 

Edge XRT: A Big Hit with Industrial Users

Edge XRT: A Big Hit with Industrial Users

Edge XRT is adding a lot of value and provides clear differentiation over alternative approaches. The first is to provide a flexible IoT framework for microcontroller and microcomputer class devices, these are environments with memory constraints less than 1GB and as low as 256KBs, typically running a low powered ARM processor. Creating IoT applications for these types of device is normally the realm of custom/bespoke application code created by highly experienced embedded developers. What our users like about Edge XRT is that in many cases they can create connected edge applications simply by configuring Edge XRT's standard components without the need for complicated programming, although they can of course create components of any complexity if needed.  This capability was highlighted in our recent webcast "Accelerating Time to Value for IoT Applications at the Far Edge" where we discussed our partnership with Microsoft.  Over the last six months we have been working with the Microsoft Azure Sphere team who have in turn been partnering with a number major hardware vendors to create a new generation of secure, certified chips and MCUs based Azure Sphere IoT technologies. In this case, Edge XRT provides a standard configurable IoT application layer for Azure Sphere devices that can reduce time-to-market for new edge applications deployed within the Azure ecosystem from weeks to days.

IOTech Announce Support for Computer Vision and AI at the IoT Edge

IOTech Announce Support for Computer Vision and AI at the IoT Edge

In conjunction with existing support for IP camera and video device connectivity, Edge Xpert users can now easily control camera devices, collect video streams and automatically apply AI and vision inference right at the edge. The service supports deploying models that can include object detection, classification and recognition, and passes that inferred intelligence to other services for decision making and control. Edge Xpert already supports ingestion of data from many industrial protocols and devices so users can fuse together and aggregate sensor data with vision inference results to give a complete and accurate picture of the edge environment.

Innovations in Building Automation and the Intelligent IoT Edge

Innovations in Building Automation and the Intelligent IoT Edge

The Buildings Automation industry is being transformed by the adoption of modern data-driven approaches to smart building management. Exciting advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) help provide tangible benefits to both building operators and their tenants, but it is IoT Edge computing that is the real enabler for getting scalable solutions to market. Read on to understand how the IoT Edge plays a key role is making these innovations become a reality...

IOTech and Var Group Partnership Enabling Smart Factories

IOTech and Var Group Partnership Enabling Smart Factories

Empoli April 16, 2020 - Var Group, reference operator in the sector of ICT solutions and services, part of the SeSa Spa group, listed on the Star segment of Borsa Italiana, at the forefront alongside other Italian companies that have to face the current emergency situation while complying with all epidemic containment measures, announces the signing of a partnership agreement with IOTech, a global leader in the development of Edge Computing solutions. Together with IOTech, Var Group's Digital Process division will study Industry 4.0 solutions and projects that will make it possible to manage production lines and machinery remotely, even outside the industrial context with a view to smart manufacturing, for the benefit of workers' health, continuity of business and competitiveness of Italian businesses. The collaboration with IOTech will enable companies to develop industry 4.0 projects, which will make it possible to collect and use production data more efficiently for predictive maintenance and market demand management. The collection of data and the interconnection of machinery and production lines will also make production more efficient, by changing the organization of work, which can also be managed remotely, with the necessary expertise. Promoting new platforms for smart working and job digitization support, the Var Group is accelerating the study of solutions for the manufacturing industry as well.

IOTech collaborates with Microsoft to enable Edge XRT to support Microsoft Azure Sphere

IOTech collaborates with Microsoft to enable Edge XRT to support Microsoft Azure Sphere

IOTech, the edge software company, today announced the launch and availability of Edge XRT, its time-critical edge platform for Microsoft Azure Sphere.  Designed and optimized for resource-constrained environments, Edge XRT delivers out-of-the-box device connectivity and edge intelligence for microcontroller units (MCUs), gateways and smart sensors at the IoT edge. It reduces time-to-value from weeks to hours. Azure Sphere is a secured, high-level application platform with built-in communication and security features for connected devices. It comprises a connected crossover microcontroller unit, a custom Linux-based operating system, and a cloud-based security service. 

IOTech Announces Edge Xpert Fuji v1.6

IOTech Announces Edge Xpert Fuji v1.6

IOTech Systems Limited - the IoT edge platform company, today announced the release of Edge Xpert v1.6 the latest version of its IoT software platform targeting industrial edge applications. Edge Xpert is IOTech's product quality and enhanced implementation of the Linux Foundation's EdgeX Foundry™ the leading open source edge computing platform. Edge Xpert builds on the latest version of the baseline EdgeX technology, in this case the recent Fuji release, to create a high quality commercial solution that can support a broad range of industrial use cases. Edge Xpert includes a suite of industrial grade connectors including in this release support for EtherCAT, PROFINET and CANbus protocols. This adds to the extensive southbound connectivity that already includes Modbus, BACnet, OPC UA and others.

IOTech launches Edge Builder to manage edge systems at scale

IOTech launches Edge Builder to manage edge systems at scale

IOTech, the edge software company, today announced the launch and availability of Edge Builder, its end-to-end management solution for edge systems. Edge Builder provides a comprehensive, flexible and open solution that simplifies and automates the management of edge systems at scale.

Another Great F2F TSC Meeting

Another Great F2F TSC Meeting

Last week, we held a Face-to-Face Technical Steering Committee meeting in Palo Alto. It was another successful one and, after each meeting, my confidence grows that the EdgeX Foundry project will achieve great things. Before reflecting on the week, I'd like to pass on my thanks on behalf of the community to VMware who hosted the event at their wonderful Palo Alto facility. California Burritos from their cool on-site restaurant was a culinary discovery for me!

New Industrial IoT Software and Services company, IOTech aligns with Linux Foundation EdgeX Foundry Project aimed at unifying the ecosystem for IoT Edge Solutions

New Industrial IoT Software and Services company, IOTech aligns with Linux Foundation EdgeX Foundry Project aimed at unifying the ecosystem for IoT Edge Solutions

OTech, 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.

Tom Urquhart, PhD., joins IOTech Systems as SVP of Professional Services

Tom Urquhart, PhD., joins IOTech Systems as SVP of Professional Services

Tom Urquhart, PhD., an IT executive with more than 35 years of industry experience, has joined IOTech Systems as Senior Vice President of Professional Services. With locations in the United Kingdom, Scotland and Taiwan, IOTech is a leading provider of edge software platforms that build on and extend the Linux Foundation's EdgeX FoundryTM open-source framework for edge systems.

EtherCAT Support for Edge Xpert: Developer's Perspective

EtherCAT Support for Edge Xpert: Developer's Perspective

Watch IOTech's latest Edge Xpert Demo using EtherCAT Device Services - the Edge Xpert Device Service allows data from different OT protocols to be ingested from the platform where it can be aggregated, analyzed and shared to other Edge and Cloud systems for further use and storage. EtherCAT stands for Ethernet for Control Automation Technology. It is a fieldbus protocol implementing a master/slave architecture over Ethernet where a packet is transmitted by the master at a user-configurable cycle time. It adopts a unique approach where the packet is not fully processed by each slave individually, but rather as the packet travels through each slave, only data meant for that individual slave is taken, and output data from the slave is written to the packet. This on-the-fly processing and its distributed clock mechanism allow EtherCAT to achieve high data rates, low latency and synchronised output actions.

IOTech New Online Store is Now Open

IOTech New Online Store is Now Open

Utilize IOTech's edge software platforms and commercial-grade connectors by purchasing exactly the product features you need using our new online store. Recognizing that our products offer a wide range of edge computing features and that not all customers will use every capability or need to use every type of device connector, we have simplified the commercial model and the way in which our products can be selected and deployed. So, in response to customer demand, our marketing team has been working on making our products available to purchase online. This is now live and coincides with the Edge Xpert 1.8 release we have just made. Our new online store makes it easy and convenient to buy exactly the product set you need for your edge solution deployments. You can buy the exact number of units of Edge Xpert or Edge XRT that you need, the specific device connectors for your use case, the optional SDKs when you need them, and any other add-on you require. You can also choose the support and training options you need. All of this keeps the pricing competitive and provides great value to the customer. We support credit card payments or you can request a quotation which will allow you to raise a purchase order in your organization before returning to your account to complete the order.

Concept Reply partners with IOTech to enhance its Industry 4.0 edge computing portfolio

Concept Reply partners with IOTech to enhance its Industry 4.0 edge computing portfolio

IOTech, the edge software company, today announced its partnership with Concept Reply, the leading accelerator for IoT in Germany. The partnership enables Concept Reply to integrate IOTech's edge software technologies, including Edge Xpert, Edge XRT and Edge Builder, into their IIoT solutions.

IOTech and PMY partner to enhance venue management solutions

IOTech and PMY partner to enhance venue management solutions

IOTech, the edge software company, is partnering with PMY Group (PMY), a leading independent technology company to drive innovation in the venue management industry. The organizations are collaborating to integrate IOTech's edge software technologies with PMY's venue management solutions.

IOTech CEO Keith Steele elected as the founding chair of the Linux Foundation's EdgeX Foundry Project Technical Steering Committee

IOTech CEO Keith Steele elected as the founding chair of the Linux Foundation's EdgeX Foundry Project Technical Steering Committee

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. 

Industrial Device Connectivity for EdgeX Foundry

Industrial Device Connectivity for EdgeX Foundry

IOTech's commercial-grade device connectors enable EdgeX users to simplify the work required to connect and communicate with different devices at sensors at the IoT edge using Modbus, OPC UA, BACnet, REST and more. EdgeX users can now utilize IOTech's commercial-grade connectors and all customers can purchase exactly the products they need using our new online store. IOTech's new device connectivity tooling makes it easy to create the configurations that describe your edge IoT devices. It's then really simple to get those devices quickly onboarded to either one of IOTech's commercial edge platforms or the open-source EdgeX Foundry platform. We are really pleased to have made that tool available as a free online service to the EdgeX community. Expertise in Industrial Connectivity we have built up a large set of device connectors for our Edge Xpert and Edge XRT platforms and support a long list of protocols including Modbus, BACnet, OPC UA, BLE, Zigbee, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP and many others. Whether your industry vertical is manufacturing, process control, telemetry, building automation or retail, you need will device connectivity. Read about the full list we provide here.

Marc Flanagan to work with IOTech Systems to help develop Partner Ecosystem and Go-to-Market Strategy

Marc Flanagan to work with IOTech Systems to help develop Partner Ecosystem and Go-to-Market Strategy

Marc Flanagan, an IT executive with Carc Consulting with more than 25 years of industry experience, has joined IOTech Systems on a consultancy basis. He will help drive and develop the company's Partner Ecosystem and go-to-market strategy. With locations in the United Kingdom, United States and Taipei, IOTech is a leading provider of open edge software solutions that help users build, deploy and manage at-scale edge software systems. 

IOTech Releases Edge Xpert v1.5

IOTech Releases Edge Xpert v1.5

At IOTech, we are delighted to announce the release of version 1.5 of the Edge Xpert Open IoT Platform.  Edge Xpert is our commercially supported implementation of the Linux Foundation's open-source EdgeX Foundry project.  Aimed at Industrial IoT Edge applications, the Edge Xpert product builds upon the latest stable version of the baseline EdgeX technology, in this case, the Edinburgh release, to create a high quality and fully customer supported solution.

IOTech Webinar: Accelerating Time to Value for IoT Applications at the Far Edge

IOTech Webinar: Accelerating Time to Value for IoT Applications at the Far Edge

Watch Tom Urquhart, PhD., IOTech SVP Global Solutions and Microsoft's Tom O'Reilly, Global IoT Ecosystem for Azure Sphere as they present the business problems that can be solved when you combine the world's first Time-Critical edge software platform Edge XRT with Microsoft Azure Sphere. Edge IoT devices are going mainstream and organizations now have the opportunity to deploy edge data acquisition and processing much more quickly and cost-effectively. Microsoft Azure Sphere is an application platform with built-in communication and security features for internet-connected devices. It comprises a secured, connected, crossover microcontroller unit (MCU), a custom high-level Linux-based operating system (OS), and a cloud-based security service that provides continuous, renewable security. To get the most benefit from Azure Sphere, Microsoft is collaborating with IOTech to deliver a deployment ready edge solution, now possible with IOTech's Edge XRT, which is optimized for highly embedded environments such as Azure Sphere. IOTech's Edge XRT product runs natively on Azure Sphere and provides standard OT connectivity to popular OT protocols 'out of the box', edge data processing and seamless data communications with Azure IoT Hub including support for Digital Twins. There is no need to code from scratch, you simply configure, deploy, and go.

Profinet Device Service Demo

Profinet Device Service Demo

In this video, we will demonstrate how you can use PROFINET to communicate with IO device sensors using the PROFINET Device Service connector - this is a new device service that allows IOTech's Edge Xpert platform integrates to PROFINET systems. Aligned with IOTech's edge computing solutions, one major domain where large scale edge computing is expected to be adopted in the near future is manufacturing. Industrial Ethernet-based technologies such as PROFINET, S7 and EtherNet/IP, etc. are playing a key role in enabling connectivity to support device monitoring and control. Edge computing helps manufacturers turn the vast data sets generated by machines into insightful and actionable data. It does so by utilizing resources connected to a network, such as temperature sensors, alarms or motor drives. This in turn enables big data analytics to be performed at the source of the data; thereby transforming current manufacturing processes into next-generation IoT enabled smart manufacturing.

Smart Camera Connectivity at the IoT Edge

Smart Camera Connectivity at the IoT Edge

As specialists at the IoT Edge, IOTech's software products allow users to connect, onboard and acquire data from a whole host of different OT devices. To add cameras to that list, IOTech have created a software service that lets you easily connect to and control ONVIF compatible devices.

Building Automation: A Sweet Spot for EdgeX

Building Automation: A Sweet Spot for EdgeX

The key objective of the EdgeX Foundry project is to create a flexible and open Edge IoT platform that can support a range of different vertical use cases across markets as diverse as manufacturing, oil & gas and smart energy. A key vertical market that has emerged where the community and IOTech, in particular, have been involved in multiple projects is Building Automation. Why is Building Automation proving to be such a sweet spot for EdgeX? IOTech's experience is that the requirements of the next generation of Buildings Automation applications align perfectly with the capabilities of EdgeX.  In particular, a modern building is a sophisticated and heterogeneous environment consisting of diverse subsystems including lighting, HVAC and access control. Data can be generated from multiple sources using a range of different device/sensor technologies and protocols (e.g. Modbus, BACnet, DALI, MQTT and others). The sensor data must be normalized by the IoT platform running on an Edge node e.g. an industrial Gateway or on-premise server. The data can then be fed into the building management analytics which can make smart control decisions in "near" real-time on how to automatically optimize the building environment for the benefit of the users and also the building owners.  The openness of EdgeX (can support any "Southbound" OT protocol or "Northbound" Cloud endpoint) and its platform independence (not tied to a specific operating system or hardware/silicon) is key to its suitability for Building Automation use cases.

IOTech at the National Retail Federation Show (NRF 2020) in New York City

IOTech at the National Retail Federation Show (NRF 2020) in New York City

IOTech made its first-ever appearance at the National Retail Federation show this year (NRF2020 in New York City, Jan 11-14) and did so in style. IOTech's Edge Xpert platform was selected by two retail heavy-hitters, Intel Corporation and HP Inc. to power their demos of edge computing for retail use cases. The primary use case on show was Intelligent Loss Prevention - that is, how to maximize the customer convenience of self-service checkouts, while minimizing the potential losses suffered by the retailer. Self-service checkouts are now commonplace in supermarkets and growing fast in other stores, but the limited integration of data from the discreet devices and applications involved (e.g. bar code scanners, connected weighing scales, POS systems and video cameras) means they are prone to misuse and fraud (examples of that are the subject of a totally different type of blog). However, through innovations at the edge, live integration of this data and the addition of integrated user interfaces allows for misuse to be identified in real-time and store staff immediately alerted to 'help' the customer and investigate.

IOTech Webcast Series: Why are open edge platforms critical to the success of multi-vendor industrial IoT systems?

IOTech Webcast Series: Why are open edge platforms critical to the success of multi-vendor industrial IoT systems?

Learn about why the edge offers the greatest opportunity to address the complexity inherent in Industrial IoT designs.  Discover why an IoT platform deployed at the Edge and based on open architecture principles is the most critical integration component in any IIoT system. Learn about the key capabilities that are needed at the platform level to support an end-to-end IIoT deployment. Discover why IOTech and other IoT industry leaders are working closely with industry-wide initiatives such as the Linux Foundations' EdgeX Foundry consortium to develop open approaches to edge computing. Learn about how IOTech's Open IoT Edge Platform solutions are being used to successfully enable end-to-end IIoT deployments in support of complex multi-vendor use-cases across different vertical markets such as manufacturing, energy management and retail

IOTech Webcast Series: Why time-critical edge platforms are fundamental to the success of Industrial IoT Systems

IOTech Webcast Series: Why time-critical edge platforms are fundamental to the success of Industrial IoT Systems

Explore the challenges of Time-Critical computing at the IoT Edge - how platform technology can accelerate development and deployment of maintainable and portable solutions and the types of use cases where this technology is applicable. What are the characteristics and challenges faced by Time-Critical edge systems. The importance of edge platform technology to meet these challenges. What are some of key Time-Critical use cases at the edge . What capabilities do the edge software platforms need to provide to support. Time-Critical use cases. What's the business case for buy versus build. Edge XRT Time-Critical Edge Platform in action and the numbers

Helping Industrial OEMs Accelerate their Customers Digital Transformation with Edge XRT

Helping Industrial OEMs Accelerate their Customers Digital Transformation with Edge XRT

Since we launched Edge XRT over a year ago the technology is proving to be a big success with our customers. Edge XRT is already helping major Industrial OEM and ISV partners leverage the product's multi-vendor OT connectivity, cloud interoperability and high-performance edge processing capabilities to create a new generation of protocol-agnostic edge solutions. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) industrial users/customers are increasingly seeking new solutions that allow them to leverage their equipment data in ways not previously possible to support new use cases that utilize the latest advances in AI, ML and software automation to improve the efficiency of their operations. Industrial OEMs and ISVs are responding with the next generation of software defined solutions that are far more configurable and extensible than was previously possible. In particular the ability to connect to any OT device and interoperate with different IT/Cloud endpoints is critical to achieving this flexibility.  

Smart Retail

Smart Retail

IOTech's Edge Xpert software is a key enabler for smart retail, providing an open framework that enables interoperability between heterogeneous IoT devices and applications at the edge. Edge Xpert provides a future-proof and vendor-neutral open platform that helps prevent lock-in to specific technology choices, significantly reducing integration costs and time to market for new IoT-enabled retail solutions.

EdgeX Open Hackathon - October 7-8, Chicago

EdgeX Open Hackathon - October 7-8, Chicago

We are excited to announce that LF Edge's EdgeX Foundry community is planning a series of hackathons focused on addressing real-world use cases. The event will focus on the retail market and work stemmed from the Commerce (e.g. Retail) Working Group within the EdgeX Foundry project and the related Open Retail Initiative (ORI). Participants will use their talents and creativity combined with the EdgeX framework, commercial content from sponsoring companies and the rules of the event to develop a solution for either one of the specified customer-valued retail use-cases or an additional open category.

CAN Bus Device Connector

CAN Bus Device Connector

Easily send and receive messages from CAN bus devices and controllers with IOTech's advanced CAN bus device connector. The Controller Area Network (CAN) bus system allows for the standard communication between Electronic Control Unit (ECU) devices via a two line data bus. The CAN bus standard is widely used in industrial sectors such as automotive, shipping, industrial automation and robotics.

Building Automation

Building Automation

Effective analytics solutions must be able to combine data from multiple sources all of which are likely to have different formats. Open Edge platforms such as IOTech's Edge Xpert help manage this problem by enabling data to be read/written from a wide a range of sensor/device protocols and then presenting the data to the analytics in a normalized format. Edge computing solutions are being used effectively in buildings automation systems are emerging including fault detection, energy analysis, identifying correlations across different types of data and validate the results of investments in energy savings measures.

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Company

Scalable & Secure Platform, Connectivity & Management Solutions at the edge

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Our IoT edge software products are built on open-source technology used by hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. Our software helps you to connect and acquire real-time sensor data, run edge intelligence, integrate with any cloud with complete deployment flexibility and manage your edge applications and nodes at scale. Our solutions cover the full spectrum of secure hard and soft real-time edge computing requirements, maximize 'best of breed' user choice, and provide a software foundation for effective collaboration across multiple vertical markets at the IoT edge.

Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas

The adoption of edge computing solutions and the software platforms that support them such as IOTech's Edge Xpert for the oil and gas industry is part of an industry-wide trend to be able to use the data closer to where it's collected where data collection and processing performed locally on an IoT gateway device, data can be collected and analyzed local close to the sensor instead of being sent to a remote SCADA system. Low latency capability also allows data to be used immediately, particularly data that are related to platform efficiency and safety preventing costly downtime and threats to human life.

GPS Device Connector

GPS Device Connector

Connect to a GPS device and easily read and ingest its location-based information with IOTech's highly reliable GPS device connector. GPS (Global Positioning System) is a satellite-based navigation platform operated by the United States government. It provides location, velocity and time synchronization data for air, sea and land travel. GPS does not require the user to transmit any data and operates independently of any cell or network coverage.

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Device Connector

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Device Connector

Easily discover, connect and then read and write data to Bluetooth Low Energy devices with IOTech's high-performance BLE device connector. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), is a light-weight subset of classic Bluetooth and was introduced as part of the Bluetooth 4.0 specification. BLE is a close-range, wireless technology that is prevalent in connecting low-power or battery-based consumer IoT devices including wearables, phones and tablet PCs.

ONVIF Device Connector

ONVIF Device Connector

ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) is a global and open industry organization that was created to facilitate the development and use of an open standard for physical IP-based security equipment. The goal of ONVIF is to enable standardized communication between camera devices and create vendor-independent interoperability between network video products. ONVIF now has hundreds of member companies with thousands of ONVIF-compliant devices on the market.

Telecommunication

Telecommunication

The emergence of Multi Access Edge Computing (MEC) technology aims at extending cloud computing capabilities to the edge of the radio access network, hence providing real-time, high-bandwidth, low-latency access to radio network resources. IoT is identifed as a key use case of MEC, given MEC's ability to provide cloud platform and gateway services at the network edge. MEC will inspire the development of many new applications and services with demand for ultra-low latency and high Quality of Service (QoS) due to its dense geographical distribution and wide support for mobility. MEC is therefore an important enabler of IoT applications and services which require real-time operations.

EtherNet/IP Device Connector

EtherNet/IP Device Connector

Easily control and read data from EtherNet/IP devices using both implicit and explicit messaging formats with IOTech's industrial-grade EtherNet/IP device connector. EtherNet/IP (EIP) defines an application layer protocol that efficiently and reliably instructs how devices should operate in industrial automation environments. EIP is one of the world's leading industrial protocols and is widely used in a range of industries including manufacturing and process control.

CANopen Device Connector

CANopen Device Connector

Easily communicate and integrate with CANopen devices and controllers using IOTech's advanced and high performance CANopen device connector. CANopen builds on top of the Controller Area Network (CAN) communication system to describe a more convenient programming abstraction for the user than regular CAN bus. CANopen defines higher-layer protocols and profile specifications and so greatly simplifies the task of developing and integrating a CAN-based system. In terms of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, the CANopen protocol covers everything from the network layer to the application layer, with CAN providing the data-link and physical layers of the stack.

Zigbee Device Connector

Zigbee Device Connector

Connect to a Zigbee network and easily read and write data to devices with IOTech's high performance Zigbee device connector. Zigbee is an open wireless mesh network protocol managed by the Zigbee Alliance group. It is designed to transmit small amounts of data between low-power devices on the network. Zigbee is used in residential and commercial building automation environments, industrial heating and cooling systems, and in the medical device sector. Zigbee is a local area network (LAN) protocol, whereas Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is more focused around connectivity of mobile devices in close proximity to a central host device. The Zigbee Cluster Library (ZCL) defines a set of functions and profiles that allow device manufacturers to meaningfully communicate with each other via the protocol. For example, there are Zigbee clusters that define standardized instructions for sensing, lighting and HVAC devices. Zigbee supports both star, tree and mesh network structures and requires a coordinator device to manage the connectivity.

Training

Training

Bootstrap your edge system development with our courses to provide your teams with the knowledge to help ensure the success of your project

IOTech welcomes Steve Osselton as Chief Technology Officer

IOTech welcomes Steve Osselton as Chief Technology Officer

OTech is proud to announce and welcome Steve Osselton as the Company's Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  Steve will be responsible for leadership of IOTech's product development team and will be the lead architect for IOTech's IoT Edge Platform developments. Steve joins the IOTech team from ADLINK Corporation (formerly PrismTech) where he was lead Architect on many mission-critical middleware software product developments for Industrial, communications and military applications. 

IOTech Webcast Series: Connectivity and interoperability between things, clouds and applications at the edge

IOTech Webcast Series: Connectivity and interoperability between things, clouds and applications at the edge

Understand why an Open Edge Platform is critical in enabling data from different sources to flow to the key business-insight providing applications in an Industrial IoT system. Why data interoperability between things, applications and the cloud is fundamental to any Industrial IoT system. Why edge AI and analytics applications need to access data from potentially multiple sources in real-time and often using different OT protocols. How to ingest, normalize, filter and clean data in a standard way to provide those applications with the reliable data they need. How to manage complex connectivity requirements and remain 'open' in diverse Industrial IoT environments

Smart Energy

Smart Energy

Edge computing solutions offer a place for collecting, computing and storing smart meter data before transmitting it to the cloud. This environment acts as a bridge in the middle of the smart grid and the cloud. It is geographically distributed and overhauls cloud computing via additional capabilities including reduced latency for more responsive grid control, increased privacy and locality for smart grids.

Modbus Device Connector

Modbus Device Connector

Modbus is a widely used open communications protocol that delivers data between control systems and devices. Modbus has a long history and is still one of the most prevalent protocols used in OT systems - particularly in Industrial Automation and Building Management. Easily read and write to data Modbus devices over both TCP and serial networks with IOTech's high performance Modbus device connector

IOTech Webcast Series : Edge Management at Scale - Solving the Big Problem in the IoT Room

IOTech Webcast Series : Edge Management at Scale - Solving the Big Problem in the IoT Room

As IoT adoption gathers speed an increasing number of projects are moving from small scale pilots to large scale rollout. At the edge users face a unique set of management challenges when deploying systems consisting of 100s or possibly 1000s of edge nodes. During the presentation, Jim tackles key edge management issues by focusing on approaches to managing both the nodes and their connected devices/sensors, as well as the applications that will be deployed on these nodes. The Session Cover: How is edge management different from cloud / enterprise management? Current edge management approaches, their strengths as well as their limitations. What are the differences between Node management, Application management and Device management? The need for open architecture edge management solutions

BACnet Device Connector

BACnet Device Connector

BACnet (Building Automation and Control Network) is an open communications protocol used for the standard communication between control systems and edge devices in the Building Automation Industry. Easily connect to and control BACnet devices over both IP and serial networks with IOTech's high performance BACnet device connector

IoT Solutions World Congress

IoT Solutions World Congress

IOTech will be on-site at IoT Solutions World Congress on October 29-31 in Barcelona! LF Edge will be at Booth A141 demonstrating Edge Xpert and an exciting new IoT technology that will be launched at the show... more details to come!  On the booth, there will also be interactive demos from Akraino Edge Stack, Dell, EdgeX Foundr and Project EVE. 

IOTech Moves Newcastle to a New Building

IOTech Moves Newcastle to a New Building

IOTech is moving its Newcastle office to The Catalyst in Science Central, Newcastle upon Tyne city centre, a short distance from its current premises at the Core, from Monday 3rd February 2020. The move into more spacious offices is eagerly anticipated by our Newcastle-based employees and provides them with a high-quality state-of-the-art working environment whilst also allowing space for future growth. Due to continued growth, IOTech has also recently expanded its current office space in Taipei and is in the process of securing a move to larger office facilities for its Edinburgh-based staff.

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster

Product Director

IOTech EdgeX Adopter Series Presentation

IOTech EdgeX Adopter Series Presentation

Watch IOTech present our commercial EdgeX offerings used in real-world deployments at the EdgeX Foundry Adopter Series session. Continuing the Vertical Solutions EdgeX Adopter Series, Keith Steele - IOTech CEO and Jim White - IOTech CTO will present how they have built a successful range of COTS value-add edge offerings based on EdgeX Foundry.

Alison MaClean

Alison MaClean

Head of Global Support Services

Mario Favaits

Mario Favaits

SVP Business Development APJ

Steve Jennis

Steve Jennis

SVP Business Development

Marc Flanagan

Marc Flanagan

Chief Revenue Officer

Products

Products

IOTech's software technologies help simplify edge technology adoption, reduce integration costs and time to market for your edge systems. Our Edge Xpert and Edge XRT software platforms are optimized for low latency time-critical decision making and span the complete spectrum of "hard" to "soft" real-time system requirements. Manage your IoT edge systems with Edge Builder - the scalable management solutions for edge applications at the edge.

Tom Urquhart, PhD.

Tom Urquhart, PhD.

SVP Global Solutions

IOTech opens its Taipei Office

IOTech opens its Taipei Office

IOTech is pleased to announce the opening of its new branch office in Taipei, helping IOTech to service its global and rapidly growing customer base. Seven employees have transitioned from Contractor to Permanent Employee status effective 1st April. IOTech Sytems Limited, Taipei will form the centre of its APAC operations and comprises a development and sales team responsible for the APAC region.

Steve Osselton

Steve Osselton

Engineering Director

Duncan Graham

Duncan Graham

SVP Operations & Contracts

Resources

Resources

Download Edge Xpert, Edge XRT and Edge Builder software platforms, Solution briefs and Datasheets, access support and information from our knowledge base.

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