Last month, I presented a one-hour webinar on the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). After describing what the industrial IoT means to Kepware, I explored three real-world use cases by Kepware customers:
- Industrial data over web services for manufacturing execution
- Mobile and web interfaces for manufacturing systems
- Industrial data for Cloud and Big Data systems
These use cases demonstrate how real-world companies are solving their industrial connectivity challenges and improving traceability, visibility, and product quality with industrial IoT solutions. But with so much to cover during the webinar, I didn't have time to answer each question that was asked. With topics spanning everything from IoT Gateway agent features to data buffering and vendor-specific connectivity, I thought it would be helpful to re-visit and share them.
In October 2015, Kepware released the IoT Gateway advanced plug-in. Leveraging the 150+ drivers within the KEPServerEX® connectivity platform, the IoT Gateway streams real-time industrial data directly into Big Data and analytic software applications. It extends KEPServerEX connectivity to include web-based client applications and helps users create a more connected enterprise.
Since the release of the IoT Gateway, we’ve received questions about its ability to issue an HTTP GET request from our RESTful Client and retrieve data from a RESTful Server within KEPServerEX. Although this functionality is not included in the IoT Gateway, you can retrieve data from a RESTful server for use in KEPServerEX via Kepware's User Configurable (U-CON) driver.
On June 30, Kepware concluded its first installment of the IoT Webinar Series. The series shares breakthrough technology for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and explores a wide range of solutions made possible by integrating KEPServerEX with IoT Alliance member offerings. Use cases and real-world applications ranged from condition-based monitoring and predictive maintenance to machine learning, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and big data analytics.
On November 5, 2015, Kepware’s Erik Dellinger (Product Manager – IoT Solutions) and Joanne Bacharach (Senior Applications Engineer) hosted a webinar that provided a virtual tour of KEPServerEX version 5.19, featuring the new IoT Gateway.
The webinar attendance and engagement were really staggering. In fact, it was the largest webinar in Kepware history, with over a thousand users registered for the virtual event. While Erik and Joanne discussed real-world IoT use cases and provided live product demonstrations, a team of Kepware Applications Engineers worked frantically to respond to the questions and comments that poured in throughout the webinar. We received such great questions that we decided to share the most popular questions (and their responses) with you here.
Check out the Q&A pairs below to learn more about the IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX, which streams industrial data into the Cloud or on-premise solutions for real-time analytics. The Q&A pairs include information on IoT Gateway application support, configuration, functionality, and security.