Drives and Controls Magazine
Pocket-sized PC collects data at the edge
Published:  26 March, 2018

Advantech B+B SmartWorx has developed a pocket-sized PC for collecting data at the edges of industrial networks. The UNO computer acts as a smart gateway and supports the Ignition platform developed by Inductive Automation, which is designed to connect data and deploy applications, such as Scada, IIoT and HMIs, throughout an industrial enterprise, without any limits.

The rugged, fanless PC (model number: C-UNO2271-W10EDG-1) will come with Ignition Edge MQTT installed and will be equipped with OPC-UA, Modbus, Siemens and Allen-Bradley drivers, supporting up to 500 tags. B+B SmartWorx sensor nodes can be used to add sensor data.

Ignition Edge is a line of low-cost software products designed for edge-of-network use.

MQQT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) is an M2M (machine-to-machine) and Internet of Things connection protocol. It has been developed to provide lightweight transport of publish/subscribe messages, and can be used for communicating with remote locations, where a small code footprint is required, or where network bandwidth is at a premium.

B+B SmartWorx's pocket-sized PC is designed to collect data at the edges of industrial networks

“With Ignition Edge running on UNO, customers will get a fast-track entry into better Scada/operational solutions, while also laying the groundwork for future IIoT enablement,” says Arlen Nipper, the co-inventor of MQTT.

B+B SmartWorx plans to embed Ignition Edge software into other devices, such as wireless sensing mesh nodes, wireless I/O modules, Ethernet I/O modules, WAN/LAN gateways, Ethernet switches and touch-panel computers.