Inductive Automation, FreeWave join to deliver to users increased data visibility, enhanced network reliability

Inductive Automation and FreeWave Technologies announced that they are taking charge to advance benefits of IIoT networks by providing increased data visibility, while delivering a more reliable data network for industrial IoT customers with remote assets.

Ignition Edge MQTT, a component of Inductive Automation’s universal and multi-faceted industrial application platform, can run on FreeWave’s hardened, C1D2 ZumIQ Edge Computer and the ZumLink IQ Intelligent Edge Radio to flawlessly perform edge-based data collection using various industrial protocols and data publishing using MQTT.

This publish/subscribe, or Pub/Sub, architecture provides granular data to anyone on the network and the proven ruggedness of the Zum platform provides a reliable home for applications that place analytics and intelligence alongside remote assets. As a result, the ZumLink IQ is an all-in-one solution that provides both secure data transmission over long distances and application deployment.

FreeWave Technologies is a provider of wireless machine to machine solutions that deliver reliable access to data for companies in the Industrial Internet of Things markets. With a significant presence in the oil and gas industry, FreeWave’s fast, flexible and easy-to-deploy solutions streamline connectivity over long distances with proven operational efficiencies for government and defense, UAV/Drone, precision agriculture, energy and smart grid networks, and municipalities.

With its experience in the RF and edge computing market and millions of devices deployed in the field, customers repeatedly turn to FreeWave for reliable connectivity and programmable network appliance devices to optimize real-time decision making.

The two companies span many common verticals to include O&G, utilities and agriculture markets that require the reliable collection of sensor data for process optimization, preventative maintenance, and compliance reporting.

“The ZumLink hardware platform is a perfect example of why we developed the Ignition Edge MQTT product,” said Arlen Nipper, CTO and president of Cirrus Link Solutions, a leading innovator of pervasive computing technologies and co-inventor of the MQTT messaging transport. “Having a modular platform with tools that are already SCADA/OT-aware is extremely important in any digital transformation journey. Having a mature set of tools on the Ignition platform that can run on ZumLink solves numerous migration strategy issues.”

“This collaboration with FreeWave will provide real benefits to users,” said Don Pearson, chief strategy officer for Inductive Automation. “Today’s industrial users are certainly on a quest for more data, and edge computing is a big part of satisfying that demand.”

“In the simplest analogy, we are the ‘I in IoT’ and Inductive Automation’s holistic approach to delivering automation solutions is not like any other software provider in the marketplace today,” said Kirk Byles, CEO, Freewave Technologies. “Our joint focus on enabling industrial customers with data platforms that can transform their operations while improving productivity and reducing operating costs is of paramount importance to both our companies’ missions. It’s a unique hand-in-glove type of relationship and it has many automation integrators excited about the endless opportunities that can be created from our partnership.”


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