Industrial systems are like snowflakes–every one is unique. Each facility, factory, pipeline, or power plant relies on a wide range of machines, tools, and sensors, using proprietary and home-grown software and data protocols. Industrial IoT should connect to any of these with a minimum of fuss. It should be compatible with multiple data protocols and legacy systems, and integrate seamlessly with future hardware and software. Like putting on a new suit, the ideal is to ease into the IoT without disrupting anything.
http://skkynet.com/cloud/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Blog-opc-image.jpg4301000Bob McIlvridehttp://skkynet.com/cloud/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Logo-Skkynet-v.1a-web2.pngBob McIlvride2016-02-17 11:00:252016-03-03 09:58:50Fitting In with Industrial IoT
The Industrial IoT is different from the regular IoT. Mission-critical industrial systems are not like consumer or business IT applications. Performance is crucial. Most IT systems are built around a relational database, a repository of data that clients can add to or access, where a response time of a second or two is acceptable. IT data is typically sent across a network via HTML or XML, which adds complexity to the raw data, and consumes bandwidth. Although fine for office or home use, these technologies are not sufficient for the Industrial IoT.
Anyone who has attempted to network OPC DA knows that it is challenging, at best. The networking protocol for OPC DA is DCOM, which was not designed for real-time data transfer or industrial systems. DCOM is difficult to configure, responds poorly to network breaks, and has serious security flaws. This article will look at how tunneling solves the issues associated with DCOM, and show you what to look for in a tunneling product for OPC.
Remote data access is not new. However, several fundamental problems have arisen from a need to provide secure remote access to real-time systems on the Industrial IoT. Find out how Skkynet’s secure-by-design approach closes all firewalls and eliminates exposure to the Internet, IT networks, and plant networks–all with no VPN or additional hardware or software.