The Rise of Edge Computing

“Enterprises that have been using cloud computing to improve operations processes have realized that it is more efficient and cost effective to digitize and perform many core functions on their edge infrastructure.

Commercial and industrial companies are now seeking to add connectivity and intelligence across devices, machines, buildings, plants, manufacturing floors and remote sites.”

Introducing Edge One™, the Smart Edge Platform
to Connect, Digitize and Integrate your Operations Infrastructure

Connect all field assets

Easily integrate your legacy and new generation field devices into the IT infrastructure with a diverse set of protocol connectors.  Add your own or third party connector containers for even more flexibility.

Ingest and Enrich your Data

Collect and ingest data, process it with over 40 available functions on the Flows module, or add your own algorithms and data processing containers. Transform raw data into information for your upstream operations, IT and business applications.

Analyze and Learn

Run data analytics, complex event processing and machine learning microservices in Edge One™ and/or in the cloud to get to know your devices and implement predictive processes.

Manage Devices and Applications

Edge One™ devices and applications are configured, deployed, managed and updated through CloudPlugs IoT. Devices and applications can be controlled locally or remotely. Create your custom application containers, push them to CloudPlugs IoT and deploy them securely on Edge One™.

Create Digital Services

Edge One™ delivers an advanced loosely coupled microservice infrastructure.  Users can create applications and services deployed as containers. Given the new operations insights enabled by Edge One™, companies can also implement new digital business models such as selling outcomes in addition to products.

Flexible Operation Mode & Data Targets

Edge One™ operates ONLINE, OFFLINE or in STORE and FORWARD modes providing maximum flexibility of deployment. In addition, its Message Router can receive and send data from or to multiple IoT clouds and MQTT message brokers at the same time.

An Advanced Edge Platform

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Key Benefits

Easy Asset Connectivity

Connect and manage diverse industrial devices and sensors with a single interface.  Enable field assets to exchange data transparently with protocol mediation.

Better Insights & Actions

Process and enrich data at the edge to transform it into information. Analyze data and process complex events to achieve an integrated view of field asset behavior. Turn insights into actions to improve productivity and performance.

Free Your Data

Edge One™ is cloud and server agnostic.  Store your data in CloudPlugs IoT or in any cloud or server of your choice. With Edge One™ you are free to move and store the data in the place(s) that will benefit you the most.

End-to-end Digital Chains

Give your IT and analytics applications field asset visibility. Enable machine learning capabilities cloud to edge and transform preventive processes into intelligent, predictive operations.

High Performance & Scalability

Process over 100k msg/sec and enjoy unparalleled edge scalability. Deploy on low cost commercial or industrial IoT gateways, or high performance servers.

Low Cost of Ownership

Simple, per device pricing model that includes traffic and storage. Connect as many devices and process as many tags as you need without the worry of a price per tag model.

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IIoT Connector Modules

  • Modbus RTU / TCP – supports Master and Slave modes.   The Slave mode allows the integration with SCADA and Building Management Systems (BMS) enabling them to connect transparently with legacy and new generation IIoT devices.
  • OPC UA Client – Full implementation of OPC-UA enables transparent communications with one or more OPC UA servers.
  • OPC DA Client – Full implementation fo OPC DA enables transparent communication with 1st generation OPC systems and power plant DCS.
  • ADS / TwinCAT – Offers bi-directional communications with Beckhoff ADS / TwinCAT PLC’s.
  • Siemens STEP 7 – Integrate STEP 7 products into your IoT fabric.

Additional protocol support is continuously added.  You can add your own container modules to integrate devices with other protocols, if desired.

Message Router

Edge One™ includes a flexible Message Router which allows the configuration of multiple routes to receive or send messages through the Message Router.  Routes read data from local projects or topics and send the data to other projects, local topics or to a configured message broker.  Supported endpoints include:

  • CloudPlugs IoT
  • Amazon AWS IoT
  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Google IoT Core
  • Any MQTT Broker that has an Internet connection

Connectivity to IBM Bluemix, IBM Watson and GE Predix is supported through the Edge One™ Flows.

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Flows

Edge One™ Flows is a powerful flows visual programming tool that includes over forty (40) pre-programmed data processing and connectivity functions.   It allows to easily wire devices and applications. It is fully compatible with Node-RED and you can import existing Node-RED flows into Flows.

Some of the core functionality that Flows enables include:

  • Data processing
  • Complex event processing
  • Analytics
  • Connectivity to other clouds
  • Connectivity to cloud applications

Flows can deployed in Edge One™ in the field and in the cloud to perform further data processing before data is passed to a Data Lake or to other operations and business applications.

Database Connector

The Edge One™ Database connector allows to store raw or processed  into several No-SQL and SQL databases.  This functionality is typically used in Offline applications which require that all data stays local.
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Web Interface

Edge One™ includes a user friendly web interface that allows to configure and monitor the operation of the platform remotely.  Some of the core features included are:

  • A Dashboard that provides detailed system status and performance information.
  • Easy project configuration interfaces to connect your field devices and to program routes and flows.
  • Easy interfaces to configure users, system and network parameters.
  • Audit Trails which include device and event logs.

Device, Application and Data Lifecycles

Edge One™ relies on CloudPlugs IoT for device, application, container and data lifecycle management through a single pane of glass.

  • Edge One™ based devices are created, configured and provisioned by CloudPlugs IoT.
  • Device configurations are managed, deployed and updated through CloudPlugs IoT.
  • Core and Application containers for Edge One™ are pushed into the CloudPlugs IoT registry and provisioned to devices from the cloud.
  • Edge One™ data can be stored and managed by CloudPlugs IoT or by any other IoT cloud service.

With CloudPlugs IoT, provisioning and maintaining edge microservices is a breeze.

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Remote Management

Edge One™ includes the CloudPlugs IoT remote management tools of the SmartPlug™ IoT agent:

  • A secure, firewall friendly remote terminal.
  • A remote JavaScript Shell to monitor the real time execution of scripts by the Edge One™ SmartPlug.
  • A remote graphical file manager.

These tools are designed to ease remote management of your Edge One™ devices and to minimize support costs.

Requirements

Hardware and VM’s

  • Any x86 IoT gateway with the following specs:
  • 1Ghz processor, 512MB of RAM.
  • 1Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM if the Flows module is required.
  • 1Ghz, 2GB of RAM if the OPC UA or DA clients are required.
  • Any Intel compatible desktop, server or VM with at least the configurations above.

Operating System

  • Ubuntu Core – Fully supported
  • Ubuntu Server – Fully supported
  • Windriver Pulsar – April 2018
  • Linux – Supported except some networking functions specific to each OS such as WiFi access point and modem configurations.  Please contact support with your specific requirements.

If your Things are not plugged to the cloud yet, this is a good time to start.

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