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Open source is the future of automation

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Dec 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Opto 22 speaks up for open-source software.

For this month’s IoT feature in Design World magazine, Opto 22 had the chance to weigh in on the value that open-source software brings to industrial automation.

Some key points for the industry:

  • Open source is everywhere in the enterprise and consumer sectors, powering innovation in products, services, and projects we all know.
  • Open source changes the economic model for industry, freeing engineers and end users from the trap of vendor
    lock-in.
  • Open source accelerates innovation and offers key technologies that empower IIoT growth.

Opto 22 has a long track record of supporting open standards—the OPC v1.0 specification was signed right here in our headquarters in Temecula, CA. We support open-source software for the same reason: because it empowers innovation for our users.

Not only is groov EPIC built from the ground up on open-source components, we are also members of the Linux Foundation, contributors to the Node-RED community, and were among the first industrial vendors to embed support for MQTT and Sparkplug B in our products.

groov EPIC open source

As industry converges more and more with the enterprise IT world, acceptance of open source is inevitable, and we will continue to speak out about it at every opportunity.

What is the value of open-source software for you? Check out our article on Design World's website, and let us know.

Until next time!

Topics: Node-RED, groov EPIC, Linux, open source software

Written by Josh Eastburn

Josh built his career in industrial automation on being a great guy to work with and by applying software engineering processes and design techniques to deliver automation more consistently. His hobbies include books, music, tabletop games, and raising his five kids.
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