At Hannover Messe, one of the largest industrial automation trade shows, Linux Foundation announced a new open source project, EdgeX Foundry, which aims to unify various standards related to IoT and Edge Computing.
Edge Computing bridges IoT devices and the Public Cloud platforms through local processing power and intelligence. The massive amount of data generated by the sensors and devices will be aggregated by the edge before sending it to the cloud for further processing. In some scenarios, the edge layer will apply intelligence by analyzing and finding anomalies in the incoming data stream. Edge Computing dramatically reduces the latency by bringing compute closer to the origin of data sources. This architecture will play a crucial role in driving the adoption of industrial IoT.
The Industrial IoT and Edge Computing markets are suffering from lack of standards and fragmentation. Both vendors and customers find it challenging to implement an IIoT solution due to the lack interoperability. With over a dozen communication protocols, multiple operating systems, and a variety of application frameworks, it is overwhelming to design and deploy the right IIoT solution.
EdgeX Foundry attempts to build a common framework for Edge Computing. It is an open source interoperability framework which is agnostic to hardware, operating systems and application frameworks. The project wants to enable and encourage the community of IoT solutions providers to create an interoperable ecosystem. The components will be certified by EdgeX Foundry to ensure the highest level of compatibility.
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