Smart Manufacturing or Industry 4.0 are terms often used to refer to the trend of bringing IoT technology to the manufacturing industry. Industry 4.0 enables and supports new scenarios in manufacturing where humans, machines, production lines, software systems, such as MES and ERP systems, and the products themselves communicate and cooperate with each other in real time to enable decentralized decision making and a self-organized production. Smart Manufacturing is a general term often used to reference the modernization of the manufacturing process.
More flexible processes create a need for more distributed systems that are configurable and interoperable. This requires the implementations of open standards for the technical and semantic interchange of information that flows through the system.
Each Industry 4.0 implementation will have unique requirements, but there is a set of key software features that will be required for any successful deployment, including:
- Data Aggregation
- Secure Data Swapping
- Device Management
- Data Analysis
The basic idea is that devices used in the industry connect cloud using a gateway, exchange data (which may be instructions for the devices), and the cloud communicates with end users via API. An end user may be a person or another device.
Security and auditability of IoT devices
ISACA.org has defined IoT as anyone or anything carrying embedded software that enables interaction with other animate or inanimate objects across networks, including the Internet. The interaction entails sharing and processing information to influence decision-making and/or actions with or without human intervention. When rolling out these technologies, the challenge for IT professionals is balancing the need for speed to market versus the necessity to responsibly and safely realize IoT benefits.
IoT Devices make decisions and actions without human control, so the crucial scope is their validation and auditability for security purposes. If the tool You are using is a hammer (for example), then You control it in a whole range of responsibly. If You give that hammer instructions for working on its own You have to be ensured, that it will be hammering nails, won’t hurt anyone, and won’t be vulnerable to unauthorized access. Though it should do its job. Fast and precisely.
That’s our specialty. We put a great emphasis on the professional ethics involved in balancing these IoT considerations. We use a wide range of sophisticated technologies, both server-side and client-side encryption using the most trusted methods, hardware protection and very deep validation of our firmware to make it reliable. We trust in our products because we know what we are doing.
Technologies used in Industry 4.0
In 3mdeb we mastered a wide range of technologies, that may be (or already are) implemented in modern smart manufacturing, like i.e.:
- SWUpdate (which has been chosen to be a part of CIP)
- Embedded Linux
- Docker on ARM platforms
And many, many other Open Source solutions.
Why to choose 3mdeb for Your Industry IoT solutions?
There is a large number of embedded systems companies, and many of them have some IoT solutions in their portfolio, but when You need Your firmware to be each secure, trustworthy, stable and working exactly as You expected – there is no place for experiments. We’re sure of our abilities and knowledge. But You don’t have to believe. Just check us.