Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics

Up to four communication protocols, including leading IT protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP and FTP, can be used simultaneously with high-performance HMIs. Courtesy: IDEC
Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics September 16, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 9-15

Articles about control system connectivity, vulnerable cloud servers, making things work with the IIoT, IIoT security, and succeeding with the AIoT were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 9-15. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics August 29, 2019

Industrial controller cybersecurity best practices

Protecting industrial automation systems is easier when controllers offer built-in cybersecurity features.

By Benson Hougland
A portion of the four-phase process used by SkyWalker to vet backend systems that support mobile apps. Courtesy: Georgia Tech, Ohio State University
Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics August 29, 2019

Smartphone apps may connect to vulnerable cloud servers

Cybersecurity researchers at Georgia Tech and Ohio State have discovered vulnerabilities in the backend systems that feed content and advertising to smartphone applications through a network of cloud-based servers that most users probably don’t even know exists.

By John Toon
Adapted IoT World Forum Reference model with eight layers instead of seven to differentiate between local and global models. Courtesy: MESA International
Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics August 28, 2019

Not all IIoT platforms are created equal

Having the best Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) architecture with the most modern and state-of-the-art technology will not benefit any company unless it is tied to a specific purpose and business outcome.

By Gerhard Greeff
Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics August 8, 2019

Accelerate business outcomes using the cloud

Users need to be able to capture more precise insights at the edge and make real-time intelligent decisions in the cloud to make the Internet of Things (IoT) valuable.

By Jane Howell
In industrial automation, the edge is found where the action is, at or near the industrial process. Courtesy: CFE Media
Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics June 26, 2019

Your questions answered: IIoT/Cloud series, Part 2: Edge, Fog and Cloud

Webinar participants outline evolving nature of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) elements and how users are applying the edge, fog and cloud in their manufacturing operations.

By Charles (Chuck) C. Byers, Ed Kuzemchak, and Steve Hilton
To take advantage of the cloud’s flexible computing power without exposing proprietary or location information, the Argonne team essentially warps, or “perturbs,” the model and data being sent for calculations, changing key variables and equations. A disguised version of the problem goes to a cloud-based “solver” computer, and the answer is returned to a local, secure server for decoding. Courtesy: Argonne National Laboratory/ISSSource
Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics June 2, 2019

Electrical grid data cloaked in the cloud

A framework is being developed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory that cloaks sensitive data, which allows grid operators to securely perform complex calculations in the cloud.

By Gregory Hale
Courtesy: CFE Media
Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics May 24, 2019

Embedded vision systems improve virtual reality

Embedded vision systems are being used to track human eye movements and determining, which is improving virtual reality (VR) applications.

Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics April 7, 2019

Data visualization, monitoring remotely

Improving data visualization and implementing cloud-based remote access is also the first step to implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 applications for said data visualization.

By Jack Smith
Through an iterative process of testing and verification supported by diagnostic tools and 3-D graphics, the model is refined continually as components are sized. Courtesy: B&R Automation
Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics April 2, 2019

Plug and model simulation tools for automation software development suites

Simulation, modeling, and virtual commissioning are becoming easier to apply on different levels in automation. Interfaces to third-party simulation tools may be built into your software development suite already.

By John Kowal