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On the Edge of Industrial IoT

  • In 2013, the launch of Opto 22’s groov box clearly positioned the company for developing industrial technology trends—such as mobile human-machine interface (HMI) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications at the edge of the network.
  • The goal of EdgeX, a Linux Foundation open source project, is to build a common open framework for IoT edge computing—which dovetails with the goals of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and its IoT Solutions World Congress event, at which Opto 22 hosted its most recent exhibit.
  • “EdgeX is helping to facilitate this move toward industrial edge computing,” Hougland said.
  • Because the EdgeX platform is designed to run on edge computing devices such as programmable automation controllers (PACs) and mobile HMIs—two core areas of focus for Opto 22—it’s easy to understand Opto 22’s interest in being part of the organization.
  • The partnership between Dell and Opto 22 is a good example of how this extra step can be facilitated through the use of Opto 22’s SNAP I/O, SNAP PACs and groov to convert industrial data for aggregation, analysis and transmission by the Dell Edge gateway.

With a series of moves including incorporation of Node-RED for IoT app development, application of MQTT for data collection and transfer, and…

Opto 22’s history as a developer and supplier of industrial controls and I/O has placed it at the center of numerous and varied industry applications over the years. In 2013, the launch of Opto 22’s groov box clearly positioned the company for developing industrial technology trends—such as mobile human-machine interface (HMI) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications at the edge of the network.

Over the past few years, a “clear gravitation toward taking intelligence to the edge has developed,” said Benson Hougland, vice president at Opto 22. He pointed out that this is a trend not just for IT, but for OT (operations technology) too.

The move toward industrial edge computing “falls into what plant floor operators have been asking for,” Hougland said. “They don’t want to have to send everything to the cloud or deal with IT just to collect and analyze data to improve operations. Edge computing is all about putting this capability into the hands of OT. It allows OT to participate in IIoT.”

Hougland explained that this is where tools like Opto 22’s groov come in. “It gives OT simpler capabilities to participate in IIoT without having to have a deep knowledge of IT networks and databases,” he said.

Opto 22 recently became involved with the EdgeX Foundry as one of the organization’s 50 founding members. The goal of EdgeX, a Linux Foundation open source project,…

On the Edge of Industrial IoT

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