Technical details of the project
The project is based on a smart IoT box solution consisting of hardware, software and cloud services that are used to create a distributed IoT device infrastructure. The K-BOX integrated for this purpose contains a software solution especially customized and pre-tested to the requirements of the project. FabEagle®Connect establishes reliable interfaces for Industry 4.0 and IoT applications.
The actual implementation of the process interface is limited to selecting the local interface (ProfiNet, OPC/UA, PLC direct, CAN, etc.) and preparing individual data channels to form an information model. This allows both a uniform model and an individual solution for each local field device to be applied. These models provide the possibility to unify higher-level cloud or control system interfaces. The interfaces are based on standards such as Rest, MQTT, APMQ and offer maximum information transmission security.
All devices can be managed by K-PORT, and the corresponding configurations can be assigned to each system using containers.
As soon as the IoT boxes are installed in the field and a secure connection to the Internet is established, the box independently contacts central K-PORT using a unidirectional standard call. Having then downloaded the specific software configuration, the box reboots itself - and establishes IoT connectivity.
Advantages for the customer
Adopting an IoT solution that combines software, hardware, and cloud services means less risk, less complexity, and less work for the customer. As a result, the customer does not have to worry about the installation or the distribution of the K-Boxes. The pre-tested and hardened packages offer maximum stability and security when they connect to the Internet. The market launch time is also significantly reduced.
In addition, the customer can use the central cloud environment to build a digital service portfolio - leveraging newly established IoT connectivity to create even more value for the company.