Monitoring the Health of Your IIoT Systems

How do you ensure that your IIoT system is healthy? When your system is running, it may experience network loss or delay, node failures, or unexpected changes due to software upgrades and new application deployments. These problems affect the performance of your application. But if you do not continuously monitor them, identifying the source of the problem can be quite challenging. The RTI Research team is working on architectural solutions for operational monitoring of distributed energy systems. However, this approach can be applied to any vertical application, including yours.

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Modern Energy Distribution: Changes are Closer than they Appear

We have all heard the terms SmartGrid, MicroGrid, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Green Energy and so on. Yet to the average North American energy consumer, it appears that the overall method of how we generate and deliver electric energy is "chugging along," business as usual, without much change in price, method or reliability. In many ways, energy distribution is like the passenger side mirror of our cars: Everyday we see that “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” We know the changes in utilities are coming; we can somewhat see them, yet it’s a side-mirror kind of viewpoint that we can glance at and ignore. Until now.

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Getting Real Results with the IIC Microgrid Testbed

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is getting real results from its testbed program. The Microgrid Testbed project, co-led by RTI, is demonstrating the ability to power a grid with 100% renewable energy sources whereas the current grid can’t go above 40%. It’s also showing integration with cloud-based management applications that help a utility manage multiple microgrids.

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How IIoT Standards Can Make Smart Cities Even Smarter

World Standards Day is celebrated annually around the world to increase awareness of the role standards play in the global economy. This year’s theme is “Standards make cities smarter.”

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A Foggy Forecast for the Industrial Internet of Things

Signs on I-280 up the San Francisco peninsula proclaim it the “World's Most Beautiful Freeway.” It’s best when the fog rolls over the hills into the valley, as in this picture I took last summer.

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Databus vs. Database: The 6 Questions Every IIoT Developer Needs to Ask

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is full of confusing terms. That's unavoidable; despite its reuse of familiar concepts in computing and systems, the IIoT is a fundamental change in the way things work. Fundamental changes require fundamentally new concepts. One of the most important is the concept of a "databus".

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