Global intelligent systems leader Advantech (2395.TW) has partnered with Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, NEC, IBM Japan, and Oracle Japan to establish the “Edgecross Consortium” to overcome boundaries between companies and industries in order to realize collaboration between factory automation (FA) and IT. The objective is to create new value centered on edge computing. The joint press conference to announce the establishment of the Edgecross Consortium was held on November 6, 2017, in Tokyo, Japan, and the establishment of the consortium is planned for November 29, 2017.
“Partnering with leading global companies in accelerating our global business in Industry 4.0 is Advantech’s key strategy,” stated Allan Yang, CTO of Advantech. “Advantech joined the Mitsubishi e-F@ctory Alliance this April to foster business opportunities for smart manufacturing in Asia through co-marketing and co-exhibition. Joining the Edgecross Consortium is our next big step to expand global collaboration and business in Industry 4.0. We are very proud to be a part of the Edgecross Consortium with these leading global companies; we are looking forward to collaborating with consortium members to develop Industry 4.0 products and solutions to enhance our customer experiences.”
Yoshikazu Miyata, Executive Officer and Group President of Factory Automation Systems at Mitsubishi Electric, gave the following statement regarding the new partnership: “The consortium welcomes Advantech as a key member. We are happy to work with Advantech, a worldwide leading innovator in Edge computing and IoT solutions. We are looking forward to co-creating with Advantech to provide innovative IoT solutions to customers.”
The Edgecross Consortium allows the easy realization of FA and IT collaboration through its open software platform (“Edgecross Software Platform”), which is based on edge computing. By residing on the edge layer, the Edgecross Software Platform facilitates connectivity between factory shop floors and value chains, while enabling the rapid acquisition, analysis, and utilization of data, which are essential to smart manufacturing. In addition, user applications can be easily created and shared on the edge to realize various IoT utilization purposes.
“Advantech has been a leader in providing IPCs and edge intelligence servers (EISs) as a key component for FA–IT collaboration. We plan to further collaborate with the Edgecross Consortium in order to provide WISE-PaaS software through the Edgecross Software Platform and to co-develop iFactory solution-ready platforms (SRPs) with consortium members,” stated Jonney Chang, Associate Vice President, Advantech Industrial IoT Group.
The consortium aims to co-develop the platform specifications for and achieve certification of Edgecross products, in addition to co-marketing promotion and global co-selling for consortium members. Starting from Japan and then globally, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the Edgecross booth display at the SCF 2017 Fair and Smart Factory EXPO 2018. Advantech is organizing the IoT Co-Creation Summit from November 1 to 3, 2018, in Suzhou, China, with more than 2500 attendees from all over the world. The summit will seek to foster the three phases of growth brought about by IoT and to demonstrate the co-creation achievement of IoT WISE-PaaS, EISs, and SRPs.
Advantech pleased to announce its modular industrial panel PCs. With the arrival of Industry 4.0, and the resulting shift in market demands, conventional all-in-one automation panels lack the flexibility to meet industry requirements. To address this need, Advantech created a series of modular panel PC solutions based on three performance-segmented models — a control panel (TPC-5000), industrial thin-client (TPC-2000), and industrial monitor (FPM-7000). The modular design of Advantech’s solutions allows the computing modules to be interchangeably combined with various display modules (available in 5 sizes) to provide up to 15 flexible platform solutions for specific field applications.
The incredible flexibility, serviceability, and modularity of Advantech’s industrial panel PCs offer numerous performance and cost-saving advantages, including complete HMI control and monitoring, customization according to application requirements, rapid integration and deployment, reduced system downtime and maintenance costs, and support for future expansion. Moreover, with features such as wide temperature support, an IP66-rated true-flat front panel with built-in Wi-Fi/NFC antenna, anti-scratch surface, and optional NFC reader, Advantech’s display panels are ideal for both industrial and commercial applications.
TPC-5000 – Control Panel for High-End Control Demands
The TPC-5000 control panel is equipped with a 6th generation Intel® Core™ i processor, which delivers up to 20% superior computing performance.
TPC-2000 – Industrial Thin-Client for Process Management and Execution Systems
Advantech’s thin-client box module features a low-power consumption Intel® Atom™ processor that satisfies green requirements and can support a secondary display for increased monitoring flexibility.
For more information about these or other Advantech products and services, contact your local sales support team or visit the Advantech website at https://buy.advantech.in or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
In this era of big data, the architecture of IoT (internet of things) technology increasingly includes cloud computing and intelligence where the action is taking place at the edge of a network near the source of the data, but often dispersed geographically over a wide area. Bringing intelligence to the edge of the network and only then reporting the processed information to the cloud provides a faster response, but also helps relieve the workload of the cloud, making the cost of building IoT infrastructure much lower.
For all of these reasons, according to the market intelligence firm IDC, by 2019 45 percent of IoT-created data will be stored, processed, analyzed and acted upon either close to, or right on the edge of, the network. By 2020, again according to IDC, IT spending on edge infrastructure will reach up to 18 percent of the total spent on IoT infrastructure.
Advantech's device-to-cloud solution realizes the possibility for edge devices to pass equipment and environmental data to cloud platforms directly. The company’s WISE-4000 wireless sensor node (WSN) series leverages Wi-Fi, cellular and low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) technology (Figure 1) to provide sensor-integrated nodes (WISE-4200 series), IP65-rated (ingress protection) enclosure nodes (WISE-4400 series) and solar-rechargeable nodes (WISE-4600 series).
The process starts with the acquisition of data from IoT devices. WISE-4000 WSNs are equipped with data collection, wireless transmission and various power input features aimed at industrial and outdoor applications such as factories, datacenters, food processing facilities, smart city infrastructure, agricultural irrigation equipment and renewable energy applications.
LPWAN technology is suitable for applications requiring low-volume, long-range data transmission while maintaining a long battery life, minimal cost and low levels of interference. The WISE-4000 series provides both standard LPWAN, enhanced machine-type communication (eMTC), narrowband-internet of things (NB-IoT) and long range (LoRa) devices to meet different sensing requirements. By supporting eMTC (which is also referred to as LTE-M1 and CAT-M1), it is possible to provide cellular connectivity with low cost and low power consumption for a broad range of IoT use cases, including asset trackers and wearables.
For distributed data acquisition WISE-4470 and WISE-4670 directly support a cellular interface and the WISE-4210, WISE-4410 and WISE-4610 LPWAN end nodes provide LPWAN access points and LoRa gateways, enabling users to easily build up their network.
The Advantech WISE series also focuses on short-distance wireless communication via RFID to fulfill applications in a production line or warehouse.Connectivity to Diverse Cloud Platforms
To facilitate development of simple and cost-effective vertical IoT applications, Advantech’s WISE-4000 series products offer high connectivity to diverse cloud platforms by means of RESTful web services. REST (Representational State Transfer API) is a software architecture commonly used to create APIs for web-based IoT applications. It is based on Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). RESTful web services are among the most popular interfaces in IoT, particularly when applications involve the cloud. In the REST architecture style, clients and servers exchange representations of resources by using a standardized interface and protocol.
The WISE-4000 series also supports message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) protocol wireless communication — a messaging protocol for IoT devices in low-bandwidth, high-latency or unreliable networks — to communicate directly with the cloud. One of the key features of WISE-4000 is its “direct cloud access” with no gateway and communication device needed.