Seamless data sharing is often touted as one of the most crucial elements of any IoT applications. In industrial environments, especially, with the a vast range of conventional devices, processes, and operations working in tandem with the help of a variety of communications protocols, seamless data sharing takes precedence when it comes to earlier planning, designing, as well as the implementation of new products or technologies. When not managed well, industrial data sharing becomes a complex issue and often emerges as the key factor to result in the need to halt IoT projects even before they start.
This is why the field of data integration and connectivity standards witnesses much focus from the industry and several standards have come into existence in the past few years, such as the Industrial Internet Consortium’s DDS (Data Distribution Service) and the OPC Foundation’s OPC-Unified Architecture (UA). However, even after these standards are practiced religiously, the industrial environment still remains far away from achieving the kind of flexibility that is expected when it comes to connectivity capability between systems and devices.
Real-Time Innovations, a leading industrial IoT company headquartered in the United States, has been working in this area for several years and aims at helping the industry become more efficient in the area of data sharing. The new software framework by the company, named Connext databus, could make information sharing across cloud, fog, and field more efficient and in real-time, thus enabling various applications to work together as one unit.
Based on the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) by the Industrial Internet Consortium, RTI’s Connext DDS 5.3, according to the company, is the first software designed for connectivity in industrial scenarios that implements the layered database pattern recommended by IIRA. The company says that the software also has an open architecture and fosters interoperability.