02-02-2017 | | By Paul Whytock
Advances in networking mean that Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology is fast approaching a situation where it becomes a practical reality.
However, the application of IIoT still has a number of practical hoops to jump through. These operational challenges are to be found in areas such as sensing, automation, and security Japanese technology company Yokogowa Electric Corporation is hoping to push IIoT technology forward following a collaborative agreement it as reached with four companies.
It will work with Microsoft, FogHorn Systems, Bayshore Networks, and Telit IoT Platforms, LLC in a plan to integrate their technology into an IIoT architecture.
It is hoped that via such an architecture process applications will be configured to enable the use of plug-and-play sensors. This will be achieved by enabling the automatic detection of sensors and other instruments connected to the network, by making appropriate settings that work immediately, sensing clouds with automatic provisioning for the efficient use of cloud platforms and to detect and connect sensors and other devices to the cloud.
This collaborative venture will be led by the Architecture Development Division California. The plan is that Yokogawa’s IIoT architecture will integrate the cloud-based Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, FogHorn’s fog computing software, Bayshore’s layer 7 security technology which operates at the application (top) layer in the open systems OSI reference model, and Telit’s communication modules, sensor on-boarding and device management.