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New White Paper: Building Industrial IoT from Edge to Cloud

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 31, 2020 8:43:52 AM

See how next-generation edge-based distributed I/O and controllers open new possibilities for connected infrastructure.

In the field of industrial automation, terms like digital transformation, the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or edge computing have become common topics of discussion. Today's businesses have IoT goals. End users need devices and applications to share data seamlessly across machines, sites, and the enterprise so they can optimize production and reduce costs. How do we achieve these goals?

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Topics: IIoT, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, white paper, edge computing, groov RIO, Edge I/O

MQTT: Bringing it all together

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jul 29, 2020 8:45:29 AM

Building industrial MQTT networks at scale with Opto 22 groov devices.

If you've followed this series since the beginning, you should have a good idea of how to set up your groov EPIC or groov RIO for MQTT communication. You also understand the importance of Sparkplug B in building MQTT systems and designing industrial-strength IoT networks.

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, Ignition, MQTT implementation, groov RIO

MQTT: Mission-critical fault tolerance

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jun 16, 2020 9:01:50 AM

Our MQTT series continues with a deep dive into groov EPIC’s (and now groov RIO’s) features for high-reliability MQTT networks.

At its heart, MQTT was designed for unreliable networks. Back in the ’90s, ConocoPhillips (now Phillips 66) was looking for a way to improve telemetry reporting over its low-bandwidth dial-up and costly VSAT (small satellite dish) SCADA network. IBM partnered with system integrator Arcom Control Systems (now Cirrus Link Solutions) to develop a minimalist communication protocol that could gracefully handle intermittent network outages and high latency among many distributed devices over TCP/IP. 

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, groov Manage, Sparkplug, MQTT implementation, groov RIO

Webinar: Simple Steps for Enterprise Digital Transformation

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 23, 2020 3:07:52 PM

Opto 22 is teaming up with Inductive Automation to present practical solutions for leveraging data across your enterprise.

Has your favorite conference or seminar been cancelled? Take advantage of an informative webinar happening this week!

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, Ignition, edge computing, digital transformation, webinar, Inductive Automation

MQTT: Faster, better with Sparkplug B

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Feb 18, 2020 3:30:40 PM

In part 2 of our series, we look at how to set up groov Manage and Ignition Edge for publishing with Sparkplug B payloads.

MQTT is the darling of enterprise IoT because of its efficiency, simplicity, and flexibility, which makes it ideal for use in applications that communicate with resource-constrained edge-of-network devices. After being nurtured for years within IBM, and incorporated into their smart energy, health, and utilities solutions, MQTT has become the chosen messaging protocol across all the major cloud IoT platforms as well as highly scalable applications, like Facebook Messenger.

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, groov Manage, Sparkplug, MQTT implementation

Publish Allen-Bradley PLC tags using MQTT & Sparkplug

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 2, 2019 3:03:36 PM

New video shows you how to use the Ignition Edge® MQTT Transmission module in groov EPIC to publish tag data from Allen-Bradley® PLCs.

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Sparkplug

New Automation 101 video explains Sparkplug for MQTT

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 10, 2018 11:13:46 AM

The industrial MQTT communication protocol is a powerful tool that allows you to exchange device data freely among devices and applications, with little or no IT involvement.

Its simplicity and flexibility make it a popular choice for today's IIoT applications. Adding the open-source Sparkplug specification to MQTT adds even more structure and better support for industrial applications.

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Sparkplug

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