Author Archive for Chantal Polsonetti

EdgeX Foundry Pursues Hardware and Operating System Agnostic Connectivity Framework for the IoT Network Edge

The network edge remains a flashpoint of Internet of Things (IoT) activity given its important role in interfacing end devices to the cloud and overall delivery of the IoT value proposition. Open, standards-based connectivity between the data and services resident on edge devices and cloud-based applications is paramount, which in turns drives the need for […]

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IIoT and I4.0 Connectivity Requirements Drive Industrial Ethernet Further into Automation Architectures

Industrial Ethernet end devices, such as the sensors, I/O drives, and other components that reside at the lower tier of the automation hierarchy, play a pivotal role in the connectivity-enabled business improvement strategies of the future. This is particularly true in the case of both the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie I4.0 (I4.0), […]

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The Emerging Clustered Approach to Edge-to-Cloud Integration

Connectivity is a primary enabler of many of today’s core business improvement strategies, whether the IIoT, I4.0, or industry-specific strategies. Digitization and internet-enabled strategies are increasingly seen as the means of achieving reduced downtime (IIoT), production flexibility and customization (I4.0), or connected and secure infrastructure. Ability to develop, share, and continuously refine a digitized view […]

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Cisco’s Ascent Poses Challenge to Network Edge Competitors

Industrial Ethernet switch (IES) and other industrial network edge infrastructure providers face numerous challenges in an increasingly dynamic marketplace. While growth in the IES market has descended below its previous double-digit annual rate, suppliers in this space face the need for continued strategic investment to meet emerging demands in areas such as Industrial Internet of […]

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Why IIoT Network Edge Computing Differs from Distributed Industrial Automation

Industrial automation professionals are no strangers to distributed control and execution environments. Process automation engineers have long relied on Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) for control of numerous distinct process control loops, while Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are the primary workhorses for discrete on/off control of numerous input/output devices in applications such as automated machinery.  Not […]

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