Internet of Things technology offers a promise to improve operational efficiencies, predict failures, improve product quality and improve decision making. With advent of cloud computing, ever dropping cost of compute hardware and pervasive connectivity that we all have come to expect, IoT is making inroads in every aspect of life & business. By connecting machines, people and applications, businesses can eliminate data-silos and harness operational intelligence to improve top and bottom line. Technological advances in cloud compute, machine learning, communication services such as 5G are fueling IoT solution adoptions.
Current Industry Focus
Today, there are a number IoT solutions and platforms that centralize application intelligence in the cloud while systems at edge are simplistic & limited in capability, merely hauling data to the cloud. While they achieve quick onboarding of applications and keep the overall spend low, such cloud-centric solutions are not one-size-fits-all for all use cases and in fact limit the long term ROI due to the rigidity of edge systems. Industry experts are recognizing the need for agile, intelligent & scalable edge systems to address the challenges for wide scale IoT adoption, such as:
• Legacy, multi-vendor and multi-site presence of assets
• Mix of proprietary & standard interfaces
• Multiple local connectivity options (Ethernet, Serial, LoRA, Zigbee, Bluetooth, etc)
• Privacy concerns preventing businesses from migrating critical operations data to cloud
• Low latency requirements require hosting applications close to data sources
• Need for transforming schema and semantics of edge systems to match with centralized applications
With changing business needs, you need a solution at the edge that can match cloud’s agility.
Agility at the Edge – A Necessity, Not a Choice
Sayantek’s eRED is an agile, distributed and programmable edge platform built with comprehensive security, SaaS/PaaS integrations, M2M connectors and out-of-the-box analytics to accelerate solutions. eRED has two components: eRED Edge that is deployed on customer premises (factory floors, remote locations, oil/gas wells, etc) and eRED Controller that is hosted in cloud or on-prem. eRED Edge is capable of running a variety of data management services such as data collection, local storage, aggregation, stream analytics, and transport data securely to the cloud. eRED Controller allows operators to create edge apps (called flows) and deploy them on one or more edge instances simultaneously.
|Centralized app building,|
|Simplify management of multiple edge instances
Avoid truck rolls for configuration & upgrades
Enable managed application/service delivery to end users
Enhance security by running edge instances in headless mode
|Scale data storage, create enterprise-wide data warehouse, train ML models.
Leverage innovative SaaS offerings
|Distributed flow support||Monitor & debug remote flows without needing access to onsite network
Enable edge-to-edge application & data integration
|Edge analytics||Take real-time actions based on insights
Send only actionable data upstream and reduce cost of transport/storage
Scale overall analytics pipeline by pre-processing at edge
|Host controller on-premise||Build on prem solution with no dependency on cloud
Enhance data security & compliance
|Security||Enterprise grade security framework protects sensitive assets and data|
eRED Edge has a small footprint and can run on any Windows or Linux based platforms. Footprint can be as small as 256MB RAM and 512MB of storage. eRED has been extensively tested on IoT Gateways (Dell), Raspberry Pi, Intel Edison, Opto22’s Groov Industrial PC, Android and various popular linux distros.
On-Prem Model:In this model eRED Controller and eRED Edge instances are deployed on customer premises. Edge instances are typically located near the assets in the OT network. Controller is located in the data center. It is possible to run eRED Edge instances on Windows Server, Linux VM, IoT Gateway or Industrial PCs. A single controller can manage multiple Edge instances.
Hybrid Model:In this model, eRED Controller is hosted in cloud (public or private) while Edge instances are deployed anywhere (customer premises or cloud). If deployed in customer premises, there is no need for opening enterprise firewall port, since all connections are initiated by Edge instances in out bound direction.