November 18

How to reuse your IIoT technology investments – now

first_imgIoT Capability Gap: To varying degrees, cloud vendors invest to enable connected devices to take advantage of their cloud backend features. The investments range from providing a simple embedded library of connectivity protocols to enabling greater capabilities such as providing embedded SDK hooks for gathering telemetry data or initiating software updates. For most IIoT systems, the desired capability includes all of the above and more. However, the various cloud backend solutions only provide a fraction of the needs to satisfy the desired end device capability. The difference, or the gap, is called the IoT capability gap. The “productivity” gaps Clearly, the four challenges I just mentioned are a lot to consider. We can summarize the challenges that they pose into two types of “productivity gaps.” These two gaps are the IoT capability gap and the device implementation gap (Figure 2).  Multiple cloud solutions There are a significant number of cloud vendors building compelling, but different solutions that enable IIoT. These vendors use standard communication protocols, which they enable with their embedded SDKs, but they use proprietary device management and application deployment and management solutions. IIoT equipment manufacturers must build devices that can support the multiple cloud environments in which their equipment will be integrated. This gives rise to a very important question: How do you cost effectively design and manufacture equipment that can be integrated with a variety of cloud environments? Comprehensive device management Device management (Figure 1) is a core requirement for a successful IoT strategy. How do you manage all of your connected devices? Device management means having a strategy in place for complex operations such as device/OS updates, maintenance, application management, as well as fleet-based firmware rollouts. Of course, all of this must be done in a comprehensive and secure fashion north and south – across the entire IIoT for larger image Figure 1: Device management must take into consideration all gateways, end node devices, and potentially multiple cloud backends. (Source: Mentor Graphics) Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Scalability and reuse Because of the complexity and different types of devices, and the evolving topologies required to implement these devices, a cookie-cutter formula is not feasible. Invariably each device requires a different target hardware and software platform, which then requires a custom implementation. Moving forward it would be nice to have a solution that can scale across these disparate platforms maximizing code reuse and minimizing engineering resources. Device Implementation Gap: Not surprisingly, cloud providers do not focus their investments to broadly enable the specific runtime environments of all types of devices to connect to the cloud backend. How could they when connected devices range from simple, low-cost, single-purpose devices, to highly complex devices such as smart edge gateways capable of executing machine learning and artificial intelligence? These devices might run on a proprietary OS, an RTOS , or Linux . The required features of a given device determine how it will be implemented on a specific embedded platform. This includes integrating the aforementioned SDK hooks to the platform, implementing specific boot strategies for software updates, and instrumenting these devices to provide critical system health monitoring and diagnostic data, just to name a few instances. The device implementation gap can consume a significant amount of engineering and testing resources. Jen McDade says: Figure 2: What’s needed to address the productivity gaps is a framework that complements and extends cloud vendor SDKs, and at the same time, enables portability of an IIoT system. (Source: Mentor Graphics) Needless to say, business executives, software architects, and end-device manufacturers are all looking for powerful and more efficient ways to address these complexities.There are ways to solve these challenges Mentor has just announced a new framework approach that addresses IIoT fragmentation and the productivity gaps (Figure 3). The new framework called Mentor Embedded IoT Framework (MEIF) does not replace technologies and investments already provided by cloud vendors; rather, it fills the capability gap by complementing and extending those technologies, and fills the implementation gap by integrating the features fully with edge or end node device platforms. The new Mentor framework is both cloud and OS independent.Figure 3: The Mentor Embedded IoT Framework complements and extends cloud vendor SDKs and enables integration and portability to the underlying device platform. If we look closer, the MEIF design enables integration of cloud-vendor provided embedded SDKs (dark grey in Figure 3) alongside a well-defined set of IIoT-enabling runtime software (light blue in Figure 3), which can be extended as needed. Through this framework, users can connect all of their devices throughout the IIoT infrastructure in a secure, scalable manner. Costs are minimized when it comes to learning, implementing, and the porting of smart devices from powerful gateways to smart sensors on the edge.Summary Businesses that invest in IIoT are realizing the benefits. As a result, these companies are now implementing more complex and expansive next-generation IoT architectures (i.e., more edge and end node devices in more complex topologies). Device manufacturers and all parties involved are faced with challenges related to device management, unknown/multiple clouds, portability, scalability, and the need to remotely monitor and diagnose devices.The Mentor Embedded portfolio, along with the Mentor IoT Framework, complement and extend the investments made by cloud backend vendors to provide comprehensive IIoT features and capabilities – right down to the hardware of an edge or end node device.The benefits from using such a framework are clear: minimize learning curves, simplify implementations, increase code reuse, and reduce porting and testing costs.For a more detailed explanation of the Mentor Embedded IoT Framework and our involvement in IIoT technologies, please visit the Mentor Industrie 4.0 website.Resources: RTOSLinuxMentor Embedded IoT FrameworkIndustrie 4.0 Continue Reading Previous LieberLieber Software: HIMA meets tough standards with LemonTreeNext Luxoft: LuxTrace accelerates trace timing analysis by 10x in the automotive sectorcenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, Industry, IoT Scot Morrison is the general manager of the general embedded business unit, Mentor Embedded Systems Division, a Siemens business. Scot oversees the Linux®, Nucleus®, and Mentor Embedded Hypervisor runtime product lines, as well as associated tools, middleware, and professional services. Prior to joining Mentor in 2012, Morrison served as GM and SVP of products at Wind River Systems, Inc. Before that he worked at Integrated Systems Inc., where he last served as the VP and GM of the design automation solutions business unit in 1999, responsible for MATRIXx, and the pOSEK embedded operating system. Morrison earned his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto, as well as his MS degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in control systems. 1 thought on “How to reuse your IIoT technology investments – now” In my recent travels throughout Europe, I witnessed numerous promising and innovative IoT technologies.While we can all relate to wearables for sport and fitness, smart homes, and even “Siri” and her many step sisters, the real surprise is how the Industrial IoT (IIoT) is quietly gaining significant momentum among businesses and industries throughout the world.Why?Quite simply, executives are experiencing tangible results from their IIoT investments by way of decreased costs, greater profitability, and more efficient operations. In other words, ROI for the IIoT is very real. Growing pains persist As with any transformative technology, there are growing pains along the way. The IIoT is no exception. There are connectivity challenges from cloud to gateway to end node. Not only must these devices connect to each other in a secure fashion, but they must also collect, aggregate, process, and send data up and down this secure IIoT infrastructure, which is composed of different wired and wireless physical media, communications and device management protocols, Cloud vendor solutions, etc.With so much inherent complexity, it’s only fitting that we have some forms of fragmentation.How do we solve fragmentation? If we are to address fragmentation, and make IIoT adaption a more fluid and painless process, it’s important to discuss what’s required of next-generation IoT architectures. In this way, we can streamline current IIoT adaption – for businesses of all sizes – while we move forward with new and innovative solutions.Through my interactions with industry executives and business partners, I’ve identified four general challenges for next-generation IIoT architectures. While the industry is addressing some of these requirements now, albeit in a narrow focus, those of us in the embedded systems industry must look at these requirements in a more holistic manner.These four challenges are: April 11, 2018 at 5:41 am “Very informative post especially for businesses who provides IoT solutions to keep the data safe and secure.Thanks for sharing it with us.” Remote system health monitoring and diagnostics A well-functioning IIoT system should be able to self-monitor itself for any potential issues, and then diagnose and repair them. When system degradation or failure occurs, system diagnostic functions are remotely executed to provide useful information to the IIoT operations team. Remote system health monitoring and anomaly detection improves system uptime while lowering costs related to maintenance, service, and equipment replacement. Log in to Reply last_img read more

November 7

Aussies Four From Four After Day One

first_img18’s GirlsAustralia has held out a tough New Zealand 18’s Girls team, taking the opening match of the series 5-4 today. New Zealand proved that they were going to be tough to beat from the outset, scoring a touchdown in the opening set of the game to take an early 1-0 lead. It looked as though New Zealand would further extend their in the seventh minute, but their touchdown was disallowed. Mistakes from Australia early in the match saw New Zealand dominate the first half of the poening term, but Australia soon found their rhythm. The Australians levelled the game up at 1-all in the 12th minute, when Chloe Crotty scored on the wing off an overlap. The Australians took the lead for the first time in the game in the 17th minute, when a great acting half run from Madison Regan saw captain Laura Peattie score to take a 2-1 lead. Australian vice-captain Yasmin Meakes scored on the far wing shortly before half-time to extend Australia’s lead to two and take a 3-1 lead into half-time. New Zealand were quick to hit back after half-time, with Jess Mahar using her speed to score in the second minute of the game to bring them back to 3-2, before Crotty scored her second on the wing for Australia in the next set, with the visitors taking a 4-2 lead. Breannan Singman extended Australia’s lead just after the midway mark of the half, to take a 5-3 lead. New Zealand then scored two quick touchdowns, to get back to a one touchdown deficit with minutes remaining, but were unable to continue their comeback, with Australia claiming the game 5-4. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights from the match – 18’s BoysThe second match of the day was keenly fought from the opening whistle with the 2011 Champions New Zealand trying to keep hold of the only title won by the Kiwis in the last tournament.Australia started in the best possible way with a touchdown out wide on their first set. Jason Norford benefitted from some smart lead-up play and made no mistake in crossing over.It wasn’t an immediate response form New Zealand but after a few minutes of finding their way, Ethan Hunt got the home team on the scoreboard in an emphatic fashion, diving over in the middle.Touchdowns to each team then followed with neither being able to gain any ascendancy. Isaac Walker scored a nice touchdown in the middle for NZ to go 3-2 up.The play of the half then belonged to Mackenzie Haugh who ran down an Australian intercept and dived for the saving touch with just 1 metre before the Touchdown would have been made by Theo Majid.Jason Norford, Majid and James Western then piled on three touchdowns for Australia to turn the game on its head. Western and Majid’s were worthy of a highlight real and in a flash New Zealand were on the back foot going into the halftime break.Australia stretched its lead to 6-3 early in the second half but the Kiwis stayed in it with one of their own. Australia’s Jackson Luke then took an intercept to give his team a 3-touchdown buffer again. Both teams then traded Touchdowns once moreBoth teams then traded Touchdowns once moreIt was then New Zealand’s turn to go on a run of Touchdowns with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and William Raea scoring to make it 7-8.A final Touchdown to Australia was enough to seal the match 9-7 but New Zealand showed enough this afternoon to suggest that this series will be tightly fought. 20’s GirlsThe Australians made it onto the scoreboard early in the game, when Catherine Sargent scored in the third minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Both team’s defence held strong for the next 10 minutes, with the game going from end to end, before Rebecca Mounsey scored on the wing for Australia to take a 2-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the half. A beautiful long ball from co-captain Rachel Beck in the 18th minute saw Tracy Hill score on the wing, before New Zealand scored their first touchdown of the match in the next set, then Australia scored their fourth of the match to take a 4-1 lead into half-time. Australia extended their lead to three just after the break, when Melissa Peters scored of the tap-off move in the first set to take a 5-1 advantage. They were back on the scoreboard shortly after when Toni Wells scored in the second minute of the half to take a 6-1 lead. Maddie Studdon made it 7-1 at the midway mark of the first half, before Chloe Williamson scored New Zealand’s first touchdown of the half with just under five minutes remaining. Peters hit back to claim her second touchdown of the game in the next set, to take a six touchdown lead and the win, 8-2.  20’s BoysThe marquee event for the day was the Under 21 Men’s match; both teams had plenty of experience to match their youthful exuberance and it was Australia who took the challenge to New Zealand with an opening onslaught of three Touchdowns.Wesley Sefuiva, Scott Bundy and Simon Lang were all at the end of some good lead-up play  and made no mistake in their execution. With the platform laid by Australia, New Zealand were forced to play catch-up and eventually got one back through Tyson Johnson.New Zealand were soon back on attack and looking for a second score when Cohan Guerra anticipated the kiwi pass to the millimetre, intercepted and then with a freakish show of speed, streaked away to score.With the score 4-1 at halftime, the kiwis had a mountain to climb and Henry Tuatea took the first couple of steps with a touchdown in the middle of the park to keep his team in it.From thereon in though, it was all the green and gold. Oscar Sanft was first to score and not long after Wesley Sefuiva provided a nice inside ball to Matthew Goodrope to further extend the lead. Adam Pryde also got into the act and by full-time a dominant Austrlia had racked up 10 touchdowns to go out big winners and provide New Zealand with a lot of questions to answer leading into Game 2 tomorrow.ResultsDay One Results18’s GirlsAustralia 5 defeated New Zealand 418’s BoysAustralia 9 defeated New Zealand 720’s GirlsAustralia 8 defeated New Zealand 220’s BoysAustralia 10 defeated New Zealand 2Related LinksDay One Resultslast_img read more