This article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of OnWindows.
ICONICS is working in close collaboration with Intel as a general member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance to help developers test and recommend internet of things (IoT) gateways that customers can rely on for high-performance operations.
The company has developed its own IoT Gateway Suite, which communicates with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite using the most popular transport protocols. Once online, the gateway can register with an IoT Hub so that it can authenticate, send and receive data, and act as a secure message broker to enable remote device management, provisioning and configuration. The solution can be safely configured from anywhere in the world with its onboard energy, building and industrial protocols, such as BACnet, OPC UA, Modbus and web services. Data security is ensured by built-in capabilities and the Azure platform, making the ICONICS IoT Gateway Suite one of the most comprehensive software solutions for the IoT market.
Communication between the ICONICS IoT Gateway Suite and the Azure IoT Hub is accomplished via a publish/subscribe method using the bi-directional Advanced Message Queuing Protocol transport protocol supported by Microsoft. The ICONICS IoT Gateway Suite publishes messages to the IoT Hub independently from the subscribers that will ingest the data. This decouples the gateway from the consuming applications and services in the cloud, providing a truly scalable architecture for enterprise-wide IoT applications.
In addition, ICONICS provides a platform of IoT-ready applications that are suited to consume data from the IoT Hub, including GENESIS64, Hyper Historian, AnalytiX and MobileHMI. These applications subscribe to the IoT Hub and ingest data provided by the ICONICS IoT Gateway Suite. This makes the platform a perfect fit for edge-to-cloud applications using the Azure IoT Suite services.
ICONICS showcased its new IoT Gateway Suite software solution to delegates from around the world at Hannover Messe, which took place in Germany from 25-29 April 2016. Like last year, ICONICS was a featured partner on the Microsoft booth and demonstrated how the ICONICS IoT Gateway Suite delivers value to energy, building and industrial automation customers through the Azure cloud platform. The company built on its success at Hannover Messe 2015 where it worked with Microsoft, the OPC Foundation and KUKA Robotics to demonstrate rich 3D HMI visualisation, integrated historical data replay and proximity sensing/security using Microsoft Kinect technology.
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