In several previous posts we talked about some of the software technologies automation professionals should put on their radar in preparation for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.
In a recent developer survey conducted by the Eclipse IoT Working Group, IEEE IoT, and Agile IoT, 40.8% of respondents indicated that the IoT solutions they were either currently building or planning to build are IoT platforms or IoT middleware.
Almost every large IT or OT company today has some form of IoT platform or middleware.
In fact, right now there are over 150 self-described IoT platforms in the market today. Not neccessarily created equally.
We also exhibited at the IoT Summit last year. It’s a great chance to connect with the Linux developer community and get their perspective on things, since it’s so much different from what a typical industrial automation professional is exposed to.
New release adds Data Store device
With the new Data Store device in groov R3.3, you can put data into groov from anywhere—like a database, another device or system—and monitor or change it in your mobile operator interface.
- For example, your company’s SQL database could place production or maintenance data into a groov Data Store for managers or technicians to see in their interface.
- Think about how much computers have changed in the last 30 years.
- Think about the quantity of data that enterprise data centers (EDCs) process today.
- And think about how facility management priorities have changed to meet rising energy costs.
Now imagine what needs to be done to update a 30-year-old EDC.
This time we'll show you how you can use the REST API with a Microsoft® Access® database.
What does the new built-in RESTful API in Opto 22 SNAP PAC S-series and R-series programmable automation controllers mean to you?
It means you can use a variety of programming languages to easily access data in the PAC.
Have you wanted to share I/O point or variable data from your SNAP PAC controller with a Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet or Access® database?
- Maybe you're tracking sales in a spreadsheet and want to adjust production to match projections.
- Maybe your PAC is monitoring equipment on-time and energy usage, and you want to add that data to an equipment maintenance database.
The REST API gives you secure access to all the I/O point and variable data in the PAC.
If you've heard about our Opto 22 SNAP PACs with their built-in RESTful API (application program interface), you may be wondering how you'd use that API to send real-world data to the IBM Watson IoT platform.
I'll show you how, step-by-step, in this blog post. It's a long post, but it includes everything you'll want to know. (You can print this page as a PDF if you like.)