Interoperability and standardisation
While in some cases smart factories can be built new, for the most part manufacturers must retrofit existing facilities. Today’s factories are full of legacy machines and sensors that are not connected, managed or secured. As a result, a lot of useful data remains inaccessible and locked away.
To transform these facilities into smart factories, manufacturers must introduce connectivity into these older processes. This leads to a critical question: how can manufacturers connect their processes without the significant cost of replacing existing infrastructure?
Intel, ADLINK, PrismTech, and IBM have teamed up to solve these issues with standardised intelligent IoT gateways pre-integrated with business analytics software. These bolt-on devices enable companies to seamlessly interconnect industrial devices and secure data flow between equipment and the cloud without replacing existing infrastructure.
Designed with native intelligence, these gateways perform edge computing, allowing manufacturers to collect and analyse real-time and trended data on the factory floor to optimise factory equipment for power efficiency, performance and operational life. At the same time, these IoT gateways migrate collected edge data to the cloud, enabling higher-level analysis on IBM’s leading big data analytics platform, PMQ.
Intelligent IoT gateways also perform a gatekeeper function, ensuring the transmission of data desired only for enterprise-class analytics to the cloud. This data is typically used for higher-level purposes such as monitoring performance over time or other insights, while day-to-day monitoring functions and intelligence-building can stay at the edge. Enabling such selectivity significantly reduces the cost of transporting, storing and processing data in the cloud, and ensures data security by only letting past the firewall what is necessary.
To ensure scalability and security, the ruggedised industrial gateways from companies like ADLINK use Intel’s standards-based architecture and built-in security features. These features ensure the consistency and performance smart factories need.
5 benefits of intelligent IoT gateways
- Automated discovery and provisioning of edge devices to ease deployment
- Protocol abstraction to increase interoperability
- Fast, closed-loop response to improve operations
- Decreased network traffic and cloud costs
- World-class security to safeguard unprotected edge devices
The fourth industrial revolution: Technology alliances lead the charge
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