INDUSTRIAL IOT

InfluxData Announces New Customers and Accelerated Momentum in Industrial Data and Internet of Things

InfluxData | February 16, 2022

InfluxData, creator of the leading time series platform InfluxDB, today announced accelerated momentum in Industrial Data and Internet of Things (IoT) driven by new customers, product enhancements and expanded industrial partnerships fueled by the growth of time series data. Customers including Tesla, Rolls Royce, Airbus, Teck, Graco and Graphite Energy are using InfluxDB to collect industrial data from devices and sensors.

“Time series data has become critical to success in any industrial setting,” said Paul Dix, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, InfluxData. “Specialized IoT platforms powered by time series data provide a real-time digital view into past, current and future operational performance. InfluxDB was purpose-built to manage the variety, volume and velocity of IoT data, and we will continue to deliver features that improve the experience for developers working with data at this scale.”

New InfluxDB enhancements for IoT and IIoT applications
InfluxData is releasing key features to expedite IoT and Industrial IoT application building. New capabilities deliver a more intuitive experience for developers and engineers working with time series data at the edge and deliver better data processing for use cases spanning predictive maintenance, performance monitoring, energy optimization, operational technology, smart offices, smart homes and more.

New features include:
  • Run analytics at the edge with persistent and replicated data: Enables analytics at the edge, while also providing replication of data for centralized collection, visibility and additional analytic processing. Users can easily replicate data into InfluxDB Cloud from an InfluxDB instance deployed at the edge.
  • Broadcast new data to thousands of devices simultaneously: New feature adds the ability to distribute processed data with custom payloads to thousands of devices all at once from a single Flux script.
  • Intelligently deploy software at the edge with configurable packages: Users can now break down the stack into smaller base components, installing only what they need at the often-resource-constrained edge.
  • Contextualize IoT data across multiple sources: InfluxData has added MQTT data ingest to Telegraf, InfluxDB’s distributed collection agent. The new Telegraf MQTT input allows users to have more context over the IoT data they are ingesting from multiple sources.

“There are several challenges to managing IoT data: the volume of devices is growing rapidly, the environments are heterogeneous and unpredictable, the devices are often resource-constrained, and the rate of data creation can be immense. Successfully managing data from connected devices requires solutions that are lightweight, resilient, and scalable,” said Rachel Stephens, Senior Analyst, RedMonk. “Time series data provides crucial context in industrial and IoT settings. InfluxData aims to help its customers better understand the data from their connected devices.”

“At Graphite Energy, we’re focused on enabling industrial decarbonization by turning renewable energy into process heat. InfluxDB plays a critical role in managing diverse sets of our time series data – everything from solar panels and wind farms to energy markets to product sensors. These new IoT and edge capabilities will expedite how we manage industrial data in our business context and help our customers to become greener and more efficient.”

Byron Ross, Chief Operating Officer, Graphite Energy

Expanded partnerships to drive IIoT application development
Leading manufacturing providers PTC and Siemens are using InfluxDB as the time series engine for their industrial platforms to deliver high performance for IIoT and IoT at scale. InfluxDB is PTC’s preferred time series partner for ThingWorx, the leading industrial innovation platform. InfluxDB Cloud is also fully integrated as the time series data store within PTC Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

Additional industry-leading IIoT platforms including Bosch ctrlX, Siemens WinCC OA, Akenza IoT and Cogent DataHub have also partnered with InfluxData to use InfluxDB as a supported persistence provider and data historian.

"Data is the cornerstone of every successful IoT strategy and our partnership with InfluxData ensures our customers are using their IIoT data to its fullest,” said Chris Baldwin, Vice President of ThingWorx Product Management at PTC. “Our customers can leverage InfluxDB's performance capabilities within PTC ThingWorx to manage large time series data workloads quickly and at scale. Together, we’re powering the biggest IoT and industrial applications available on the market.”

“Time series has become a vital component of the default IoT technology stack,” said Paul Dix, InfluxData. “Through our partnerships with the industry’s leading IIoT providers and our position as the preferred time series platform within those ecosystems, InfluxDB is the foundation for successful IIoT deployments.”

About InfluxData
InfluxData is the creator of InfluxDB, the leading time series platform. We empower developers and organizations, such as Cisco, IBM, Siemens and Tesla, to build real-time IoT, analytics and cloud applications with time-stamped data. Our technology is purpose-built to handle the massive volumes of data produced by sensors, systems or applications that change over time. Easy to start and scale, InfluxDB gives developers time to focus on the features and functionalities that give their apps a competitive edge. InfluxData is headquartered in San Francisco, with a workforce distributed worldwide. 

Spotlight

The value of big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) epitomise the power of information. Big data is enabling organisations to collect and analyse data in new ways, helping to transform businesses, industry, government services and people’s lives. It refers not only to the size of the data sets, but also to the speed at which the data is created and analysed, along with the variety of tools or data analytics solutions that can be used.

Spotlight

The value of big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) epitomise the power of information. Big data is enabling organisations to collect and analyse data in new ways, helping to transform businesses, industry, government services and people’s lives. It refers not only to the size of the data sets, but also to the speed at which the data is created and analysed, along with the variety of tools or data analytics solutions that can be used.

Related News

ENTERPRISE IOT

Buildings IoT Releases IoT Jetstream to Expand Application Developers' Access to Building Data

IOT Jetstream | June 17, 2022

Buildings IoT has launched IoT Jetstream as application developers begin to regard smart buildings as a promising frontier for innovation. This dependable and secure building integration platform allows you to access data from all across the built environment using a single GraphQL API. Building data is delivered to software engineers' fingertips with IOT Jetstream, eliminating the need for them to comprehend complicated underlying systems and proprietary communication protocols in order to design digital building solutions. "We developed IOT Jetstream to make building data available at scale. The platform empowers software developers interested in creating digital solutions to contemporary real estate problems – issues, for example, related to ESG reporting, sub-optimal operation of equipment, or poor indoor air quality – by providing access to normalized data specific to the building domain," explained Patrick Gilhooly, Product Delivery Engineer at Buildings IoT. Users can access data from multiple devices, databases, and reporting systems using IOT Jetstream's unified data model, which is made possible by the Ontology Alignment Project (OAP). In software architecture, the API, also known as middleware, provides the translation layer that unifies data across devices, systems, protocols, data models, and endpoints. Data is normalized and tied to the spatial context of a specific building in IoT Jetstream, giving the data meaning beyond the device that originated it. These capabilities allow software developers to construct solutions that have an impact on energy consumption, occupant comfort, and equipment operation in the built environment without having to become specialists in each of the systems that provide the data. "For building owners and operators, the IOT Jetstream smart building platform provides the flexibility and agility to adopt new technology and applications quickly, easily, cost-effectively, and in response to changing market and environmental conditions. Without an independent data layer, it's difficult and expensive to deliver cloud-based apps for a tenant experience or carbon reporting. Those apps require data from many different sources to provide value and consistency. The most effective way to enable those smart building features is through a platform that supports integrated data and interoperability from multiple mechanisms," Gina Elliott, Chief Services Officer at Buildings IoT Buildings IoT secures its platform solutions by adopting industry best practices to ensure that all data in each tier of IoT Jetstream is protected to the highest extent possible, from the cloud to the edge. In addition, buildings IoT and IoT Jetstream help protect building data and prevent risks by leveraging user access control and authentication, encryptions, and other industry-leading security methods. IOT Jetstream offers three different packages that give different services depending on the size of the property and the features that are desired. Buildings IoT works with building owners to find the greatest fit for their needs, offering Starter, Professional, and Enterprise solutions.

Read More

INDUSTRIAL 4.0

Veniam and Single Digits connect IoT devices to Wi-Fi hotspots

Veniam | May 27, 2022

Veniam, the market leader in the intelligent edge for the Internet of Moving Things, and Single Digits, a leading provider of Wi-Fi network experiences, have announced a partnership that allows mobile IoT devices and connected vehicles to easily transfer data over Wi-Fi access points while on the move. Despite the fact that mobile IoT devices like dashcams, telematics units, and linked cars have a variety of wireless interfaces (Wi-Fi, 4G/5G, and so on), their data transfers are frequently limited to the available cellular links. To save money on data, mobile IoT firms broadcast shorter, lower-quality videos, do fewer over-the-air updates, and, as a result, degrade the quality of their end users' experience. "By partnering with Single Digits we are making it even simpler and cost effective for Veniam customers to get more and better data. Ultimately, it is about providing all moving IoT devices and their specific applications with the best options for edge connectivity at any location and at any time." João Barros, CEO and founder of Veniam. This new partnership enables auto OEMs, telematics providers, and application platforms to expand 4G/5G with access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots across the United States and internationally by combining Veniam's ability to make the most of all wireless interfaces in mobile IoT devices with Single Digits' expertise in automated, seamless wireless connectivity. As a result, customer devices connect quickly and automatically to available Wi-Fi networks based on global regulations specified in the Cloud, eliminating the need for manual logins and time-consuming business processes. "We're thrilled to enable on-the-move connectivity between cars and mobile IoT devices over wireless networks through our work with Veniam." said John Haspil, VP of the BSGW Business Unit at Single Digits. "Our roaming hub and powerful suite of services and software for Wi-Fi authorization, authentication, and accounting are essential tools for companies incorporating Wi-Fi Offload into their overall network footprint."

Read More

ENTERPRISE IOT

Sternum Rolls Out World’s First Free Security and Observability Platform for OpenWrt IoT Devices

Sternum | July 27, 2022

Sternum, the pioneer in autonomous IoT security and observability, unveils a no-time-limit free license for its platform. Using this license, users will be able to deploy Sternum for free on any OpenWrt device. This is in addition to the premium license Sternum provides for RTOS devices (e.g., Zephyr, FreeRTOS, VxWorks, Micrium, etc.) and all other embedded Linux distributions. Through a fast-paced in-field deployment process lasting just a few minutes, owners of OpenWrt devices will be able to deploy Sternum for free on up to three pieces of hardware. This will provide them with a true first-hand experience of all of the security and observability features of the company’s patented EIV (Embedded Integrity Verification) and ADS (Analytics & Detection System) technologies. “Integrating IoT security is perceived to be complicated to deploy and detrimental to the performance of the very devices it aims to protect, We decided to open our platform to OpenWrt community to show that it doesn’t have to be this way. By providing robust no-strings-attached security for home users and small businesses, our goal is to drive a paradigm shift and pave a way for a more standardized, secure, and competent IoT ecosystem.” Natali Tshuva, CEO and Co-Founder of Sternum The free Sternum platform license allows the product to speak for itself, putting the company on track for trust-led growth and showcasing its commitment to OpenWrt security. OpenWrt is a popular open-source Linux distribution that powers millions of routers, including those deployed at critical infrastructure hubs. Although versatile, powerful, and effective, it is still vulnerable to exploits ranging from remote code execution to buffer overflow, which give hackers the means to take control of a device. A successful IoT hack exploiting these vectors can take a major toll on a business, resulting — amongst other things — in downtime and data loss. As the IoT space lags behind in terms of security practices, it overwhelmingly relies on costly patching to combat known vulnerabilities. This reactive strategy is notoriously costly, slow, and difficult to implement, owing to the often isolated and/or embedded nature of IoT devices and the increased velocity with which new vulnerabilities are disclosed. Moreover, even when fully mastered, it offers no protection from zero-day vulnerabilities. When trying to minimize the reliance on patching through the use of other integrated security solutions, organizations oftentimes face a cumbersome deployment process and unacceptable overhead for the target device, resulting in poorer performance. This turns even a trial of a security product into a major investment of time and resources. With its free license, low-weight solution, and agile deployment model, Sternum offers companies a way around these issues, empowering the OpenWrt community to easily experience a new standard for security and observability. About Sternum Sternum is the only code-free, device-resident IoT security, observation, and analytics company. The company’s patented solutions can be embedded into any IoT device, no matter the underlying code, manufacturer, or year of production, and is always running whether the device is connected or not. This self-sustaining, unified platform brings intelligence to otherwise non-communicative edge devices, enabling them to autonomously monitor and protect themselves, even when not remotely connected. Sternum was founded in 2018 by a team of highly experienced research, development, and business leaders, many coming from the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) elite 8200 unit.

Read More