Whether in a single house or in a corporate plant, the demand for comfort, security and energy efficiency is becoming increasingly relevant. Nowadays buildings are integrated with different subsystems operated locally that combine sensors (temperature, humidity, CO2, etc.) and actuators (to control shutters, lighting, HVAC, irrigation systems, doors, etc.) Most of the buildings already have metering solutions for energy, water and gas consumption.
Usually, this ecosystem requires huge design and installation effort to integrate all local systems into a centralized building management solution.
The easyedge technology enables by design the integration of different local systems into an integrated solution adding high flexibility and scalability to existing or new KNX systems.
A simple connection to the Internet router allows you to communicate with KNX installations through a KNX IP Tunneling. The KNX systems configuration is easy and just requires importing the ETS project file (ETS3, ETS4 and ETS5) to the EdgeNode component taking advantage of all selectable KNX group addresses.
The industry context is an important example of the application of the easyedge IoT Edge Platform. In the industrial environment is very common to find different technologies and protocols communicating with each other in an interoperable environment. However, maintaining this ecosystem is often a difficult and expensive challenge, especially when it comprises integrating PROFINET systems. PROFINET is an industry technical standard for data communication over Industrial Ethernet, designed for collecting data from, and controlling, equipment in industrial systems, and is also one of the standards compatible with the easyedge technology.
In the context of an industrial organization with multiple plants, each one with different production lines, the easyedge can be used as the information concentrator of each plant or even across multiple plants, without having to change any local system previously installed. It can be used as an upper layer that integrates different types of information such as PROFINET data from each production line, energy consumption, number of units produced, etc. The proliferation of best practices and deployment of the same business rules across multiple production lines using PROFINET is another application of the easyedge technology.
In other words, the easyedge technology can control and aggregate all the information needed to manage a complete industrial organization without changing the organization’s systems.
In the context of the given example, the EdgeNode would be connected to the PROFINET network to listen the PROFINET traffic and aggregate it through the EdgeBroker. For each production line, an EdgeNode would be installed and configured (through easyedge cloud platform) according to the hardware setup of the production line (e.g. SIEMENS ET200SP).