Standards for industrial cloud interface being developed
ODVA announced at Hannover Messe their intention to develop a common industrial cloud interface, which will encompass two elements for the industrial cloud: a cloud gateway and an application program interface (API) for transporting data.
At Hannover Messe, ODVA announced technical work to develop standards for the gateway and interface technology needed to transport data between the cloud and CIP-enabled industrial control systems (ICS) populated with EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet devices. ODVA said that this work will result in The Common Industrial Cloud Interface Specification. The Common Industrial Cloud Interface will encompass two elements in the ecosystem for the industrial cloud: a cloud gateway appliance and an application program interface (API) for the transport of data from the gateway to the cloud and from the cloud back to the ICS and its devices.
The Common Industrial Cloud Interface is intended to accelerate an architectural transformation inclusive of cloud computing to support device management, process analytics, notifications, remote access, virtualization, visualization and, in the future, control. Integration of the Common Industrial Cloud Interface into ODVA's portfolio of information and communication technologies is one element in ODVA's Optimization 4.0 initiative, the umbrella under which ODVA aggregates its vision of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as it relates to the realization of the fourth industrial revolution. To this end, the Common Industrial Cloud Interface is designed to enable an enterprise architecture inclusive of cloud computing resources, based on industry standards, and will optimize high performance, secure communications between devices, an ICS and the cloud, as well as simplify common tasks that must be performed by the gateway.
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