Simplify and accelerate applications of the Internet of Things

Real-time problem solving within the industry requires the simplification and acceleration of application development and deployment.

Eurotech, an Internet of Things (IoT) solution, delivers edge hardware integrated with software and services to help manufacturers connect their assets to the cloud and make them smarter by utilizing computing power and even artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge. The features in Eurotech’s solutions allow manufacturers to directly monitor and control their industrial equipment, assets, processes and events, thus improving decision-making across their factories and supply chains.

“By combining its expertise in the operating technology (OT) world with Microsoft’s expertise in cloud applications, Eurotech provides a unique and robust value proposition to the manufacturing market,” says Robert Andres, chief strategy officer at Eurotech. “It extends the global Microsoft Azure ecosystem to customers and system integration partners, enabling them to create and deploy edge and cloud computing solutions for the industrial IoT without compromising OT requirements when it comes to solutions in the field.”

Eurotech offers application-optimized Edge Gateways with a fully developed edge stack, including a managed Linux operating system and a powerful IoT Edge Framework with Everyware Software Framework (ESF). This ensures simple and flexible southbound connectivity to field assets and seamless northbound connectivity to Microsoft Azure cloud services.

“ESF significantly reduces the complexities involved in developing edge applications and enables customers and systems partners to effectively build, deploy, and manage IoT solutions in demanding environments while directly interfacing them with Microsoft Azure’s powerful and versatile cloud services,” says Andrew.

The partnership between Eurotech and Microsoft enables seamless integration between the OT and IT domains for easier application development and deployment, and asset management.

“Customers can choose whether to take advantage of this powerful Edge software feature natively on Eurotech Gateways or in containerized implementation, depending on what best suits their specific application requirements,” says Andrew. “Our ESF edge software natively integrates a connector to Azure IoT Hub services, to combine, compute, and send data collected locally to cloud IT applications. Customers may require different integration with Microsoft Services to occur directly at the edge. Azure IoT Hub and Azure IoT Edge can act as containers in addition to Eurotech’s edge hardware using a Uyghur orchestrator. “

“Providing customers with Edge Gateways that are certified to work with Azure IoT Hub or directly with Azure IoT Edge, with the benefits of a full edge stack, reduces the amount of data sent to central cloud services, as well as related costs. “By deploying edge computing where data is generated and needed, availability increases and latency is reduced.”

The company’s Edge Gateways can also be managed directly from the Microsoft Cloud via the Azure IoT Edge. However, Eurotech recommends the deployment of Everyware Cloud for customers that require full lifecycle management, extended logging, system health monitoring, and advanced remote management.

Product companies can benefit from the integration flexibility and seamless edge development associated with Eurotech’s ESF, significantly simplifying the interaction of a large number of different device types, sensors, and industry protocols with Microsoft Azure.

“The first requirement for customers who want to develop cutting-edge IoT applications is the ability to communicate with operating technology protocols,” says Andrew. “ESF comes with a wide range of supported field protocols, such as Modbus, OPC-UA or S7, addressing the development and connectivity challenges encountered in the OT sphere. With minimal configuration and configuration, ESF users can connect with field devices and protocols and effectively publish data to Azure IoT Hub in minutes.

“Eurotech IoT’s offering ensures the efficient consolidation of data streams coming from multiple sensors, actors and other field assets, allowing simultaneous processing and sensor fusion at the edge. Azure offers the opportunity to work with digital twins, which are digital models of assets and products generated. based on the data collected. Our customers can work with these digital models directly on Azure, automatically generated, to improve situational awareness, gather important insights and create business value. “

Eurotech is constantly working with Microsoft to ensure robust and secure IoT solutions. Recently, Microsoft and Eurotech, in a collaborative effort with Infineon and GlobalSign, released a draft for a secure, zero-touch registration with Azure. Eurotech now aims to deliver products that implement this outline to enable secure and scalable deployment of IoT devices.

This article was originally published in the Spring 2022 issue of Technology Record. To get future topics straight to your inbox, sign up for a free subscription.


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