Exploring the Role of Blockchain in Industrial IoT Systems (Part 2)

In case you missed my first blog on this topic, go read it now… I’ll wait. To remind the rest of you, I discussed how RTI's research group is approaching blockchain for a specific class of real-time operational systems use cases. These use cases stray from the typical applications we've seen in that we consider the data on the Connext Databus to be "ground truth". It doesn't need to be validated prior to adding it to the blockchain because we trust the data and we aren't transacting anything. Yet, a blockchain is still worth considering because we have multiple parties that do not trust each other.

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Exploring the Role of Blockchain in Industrial IoT Systems (Part 1)

We're almost halfway into 2018 and blockchain is approaching the Gartner Hype Cycle's "trough of disillusionment". While that sounds ominous, I’m not convinced of its imminent descent since "blockchain" continues to garner a lot of press coverage. For many, blockchain is a technology hammer in search of a market nail. I'm sure you've heard or read about blockchain and wondered if it is relevant to your systems. We've wondered about this too and decided to spin up our research group to dig into it a bit deeper.

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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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An IIoT Sensor to Cloud Gateway Solution

One of the primary use cases for the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is to collect sensor data and deliver that to an enterprise cloud for enhanced real-time visibility in to remote operational systems. This is very important for applications such as Oil & Gas, Manufacturing Plant Production monitoring, Healthcare Patient Monitoring and Power Substation Monitoring. With advances in network infrastructure and the promise of higher bandwidth WAN (Wide Area Network) connections, the ability to pull raw sensor data across the WAN to a backend enterprise cloud where data processing and predictive maintenance solutions can be implemented, and monitored. Enabling this type of architecture provides great agility for organizations to respond and react to changing conditions for their deployed systems.

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