Testbed for sending sensor data to the cloud approved

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has approved a testbed on sensor-to-the-cloud connectivity called the Smart Manufacturing Connectivity for Brownfield Sensors Testbed, which is being carried out by IIC members TE Connectivity, SAP, ifm, and the OPC foundation.
By TE Connectivity September 17, 2016

TE Connectivity, SAP, ifm and the OPC Foundation developed a testbed that uses sensor-to-the-cloud connectivity. Courtesy: TE ConnectivityThe Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has approved an IIC testbed on sensor-to-the-cloud connectivity called the Smart Manufacturing Connectivity for Brownfield Sensors Testbed. IIC members TE Connectivity, SAP, ifm, and the OPC foundation are carrying out this testbed. The idea for the testbed was publicly unveiled at the Hanover Fair in April 2016.

The objective of sensor-to-the-cloud connectivity is to make sensor data available to information technology (IT) systems in near real time, enabling advanced analytics. This is of particular interest to operators of existing manufacturing facilities, as it provides them with opportunities to increase efficiencies through reductions in energy consumption. Unlike new deployments, where the appropriate connectivity may be designed in from the beginning, smart solutions are required for these "brownfield" installations in order to enable easy integration at both the operational technology (OT) and the IT level to reduce downtime and save costs.

The Smart Manufacturing Connectivity for Brownfield Sensors Testbed is designed to:

  • Introduce a retrofit hardware solution (the "Y-Gateway") that makes use of existing physical connectivity
  • Extract sensor data from the automation system without impacting operations
  • Deliver the sensor data to SAP’s IT platform through a secure OT/IT communication based on OPC UA (IEC 62541)
  • Define and implement a common device model based on an available open standard to allow for the easy integration of an IO-Link sensor with IT, enabling the remote configuration of the sensor.

"Testbeds are a major focus and activity of the IIC and its members", said Richard Soley, IIC executive director. "Our testbeds are where new technologies, applications, products, services and processes—the innovation and opportunities of the industrial Internet—can be initiated, thought through and rigorously tested to ascertain their usefulness and viability before coming to market."

– Edited from a TE Connectivity press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering discrete sensor and vision stories.