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EdgeX Foundry Member Spotlight: Samsung Electronics

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Today, EdgeX Foundry announced Samsung Electronics has joined as a Platinum member to help accelerate open source development of their industrial IoT edge platform. You can view the complete news release here.

We had the chance to sit down with Kyeongwoon Lee, Senior Vice President for Samsung Electronics, to discuss why they joined the EdgeX community and how they will be using the framework.

What is your your role within Samsung?

I am one of the core contributors and enablers for Samsung’s IoT business in terms of connectivity with our variety of products. By working with the IoT ecosystem, I am very active in the open source community and leverage different standards such as Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and IoTivity.

What is Samsung’s vision for Industrial IoT? 

Our traditional portfolio includes Consumer Electronics (CE), Information technology & Mobile Communications (IM) and Device Solutions (DS). But there is a lot of potential in Industrial IoT (IIoT), such as Smart Manufacturing, Smart Building and Smart Lighting and Smart Energy Management, and we believe we need to build a synergy and true seamless interoperable IoT services across the business domains. As one of the biggest manufacturing companies around the world, we have many infrastructures and a lot of experiences but, if we collaborate with EdgeX Foundry, we believe that our IIoT efforts will be much more clear and stronger. We will be able to continue building and growing an IIoT business.

What are some of the business or technical challenges you have faced when developing IoT edge solutions? How have you overcome them?

The biggest technical challenge is interoperability. There are a variety of devices in factories that are part of proprietary solutions and aren’t talking to each other.  Even in global standardization, there are still Brownfield areas that are used by proprietary solutions which makes interoperability a challenge. The other challenges are scalability and flexibility. For example, real-time operations is very important and in order to meet performance criteria, we need scalability.

We’ve overcome some of these challenges by working with open source such as IoTivity, and leveraging some of the IoT standards like OCF. In addition to this, when it comes to the IIoT ecosystem, we need more flexibility per vertical specific use case, so that we could expect the faster and more optimized deployment. We believe that the best answer is to collaborate on a pure open source platform that is vendor neutral and can work with existing technologies and services. This will help us deploy the very best to the industry and developers. 

Why is Samsung joining EdgeX Foundry?

We are attracted to EdgeX Foundry’s value proposition and recognize that it is the best solution for several of our challenges – interoperability, scalability, flexibility and transparency to existing cloud services. EdgeX Foundry will help us create lightweight edge solutions with the support a growing community with Industrial IoT edge platform expertise.

How are you planning to use the EdgeX framework? How do you think it will help you achieve your business goals?

EdgeX Foundry will help Samsung create interoperable and lightweight edge solutions that will help us grow and strengthen our presence in Industrial IoT.

More EdgeX Device/Sensor Connectivity

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Written by Jim White, TSC Member and  Chair of Core Services Working Group

When we first introduced EdgeX to the LF community back in the spring of this year, Dell contributed more than a dozen micro services, a lot of documentation, and the start of a build process.

Since, the community has grown considerably (now more than 60 companies have signed on), we have held our first community technical meetings to set the roadmap for the first community release and direction for releases to come over the next 12-18 months.  We also have community members already contributing to the project or working on the upcoming release.

At Dell, we are still very much a part of this effort, and today I’d like to announce the contribution of six more example device microservices (we call them device services) to the open source EdgeX platform.  These are microservices we built from the device service SDK as examples of how to connect to actual devices like those using Modbus, BACnet, BLE, SNMP, and MQTT protocols.  So they serve multiple purposes in the community:

  • Demonstrate more south side connectivity
  • Demonstrate other implementations of the device service via the SDK
  • Demonstrate connectivity to EdgeX via specific industrial Iot protocols
  • Allow more real world devices to be connected to EdgeX today!

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Modbus is a serial communications protocol that has been in existence since 1979 (truly brownfield!) and is used primarily in programmable logic controllers (PLC) and electronic devices.

BACnet is used in building automation and control networks that typically manage heating, ventilation and AC systems.

SNMP is an internet standard protocol that was created for collecting and organizing information about systems / devices on an IP network – most notably like modems, switches, severs, printers, etc.

If you own a smartphone or have a home smart device, you are probably already familiar with the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol which is used typically in wireless personal area networks.

And MQTT is a pub-sub messaging protocol used on top of TCP/IP in combination with a message broker that has been used in a variety of use cases and systems for a few decades.

When we first released EdgeX, we provided the device service SDK and a single device service, which was the virtual device service.  The virtual device service allowed for the simulation of any device /sensor connectivity into EdgeX through software, but did not facilitate actual devices.  With the collection of device services that Dell is contributing today, EdgeX now has open source community code to connect to real devices.

At Dell, we continue our commitment to this project and plan to contribute more of the code we created as part of our original Fuse Project.  We also join with the community to make additional contributions and commitments jointly.  Come join in the effort and help us, the entire EdgeX Foundry community, make the best open source IoT platform on the planet.

EdgeX Foundry Member Spotlight: Beechwoods Software

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During our last F2F meeting, we had the opportunity to sit down with Brad Kemp, the President and Founder of Beechwoods Software and an EdgeX Foundry Board Member. Known as a technical “rainmaker” in the startup community, Brad believes that IoT should be a seamless experience that “just works,” which is why Beechwoods was one of the initial members of EdgeX Foundry when it launched in April. Check out the video of our chat below to learn more about common challenges his customers face and how he believes EdgeX Foundry will help solve those issues.  

Recap: EdgeX Foundry’s First Technical Face-to-Face

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Ahead of the EdgeX Foundry technical meeting happening in London this week, we wanted to share some highlights from our first technical Face-to-Face (F2F) meeting, which took place in Boston at the beginning of June. A special thanks to everyone who attended and to Analog Devices for graciously hosting us at their headquarters.

We had a diverse group of participants from across the IoT landscape including start-ups, established companies, system integrators, cloud service providers and hardware manufacturers.  More than 60 people traveled to Boston from across the U.S. and as far away as Norway, France and Poland, with an additional 20+ joining remotely by phone. Companies participating in the meeting included Analog Devices, ARM, Canonical, Dell EMC, ForgeRock, GE, IBM, Linaro, NetFoundry, Neustar, Object Management Group, Parallel Machines, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Switch Automation, RSA and Two Bulls.

The working meeting brought together technical representatives from EdgeX Foundry member companies as well as the wider technical community to align on project goals, develop working groups, establish the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) structure and begin discussing next steps for EdgeX Foundry including a future certification program.

Meeting highlights include appointing Keith Steele, CEO of IOTech, as chair of the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and approving the formation of eight initial EdgeX working groups:

This week’s meeting is being hosted by Dell EMC to discuss the goals and objectives for the first MVP release named Barcelona due out this fall. A draft Barcelona MVP plan is available here

Interested in joining the next TSC meeting or participating in a working group? Subscribe to one of our mailing lists or visit the EdgeX wiki to stay up-to-date on upcoming face-to-face meetings and technical developments. You can also follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest news and announcements.

Full notes, presentations and recordings from the Boston face-to-face are also available on the EdgeX wiki.