IoT News Roundup

SoftBank to pay $32 billion for ARM; Open Trust Protocol, MQTT advance on standardization path; ForgeRock announces identity-management upgrades; Zebra's new access points are IoT-ready; Murata's transmitter gets ISA standard nod; Bluvision, Siemens collaborating to offer smart manufacturing systems.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Murata's 2.4 GHz Module Gains ISA Certification
Murata Americas, a manufacturer of electronic components, says the International Society of Automation (ISA) has certified Murata's 2.4 GHz-band wireless communication module, the LBBA0ZZ1EU, as compliant with the ISA100 Wireless standard. The module is designed for use in wireless sensors deployed to track temperature, vibrations and other variables that impact the operation of machines used in industrial environments. It is important that these sensors can transmit data across existing wired and wireless monitoring and control systems, which is why the ISA100 Wireless standard ensures compatibility with industrial communication protocols, including FOUNDATION fieldbus, HART and PROFIBUS.

The ISA100 Wireless standard is an IPv6-based industrial wireless network protocol, compliant with ETSI EN 300.328 v1.8.1. It uses carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance (or CSMA/CA, also known as "listen before talk"), as well as clear channel assessment (CCA) technology to avoid interference with other wireless devices using the same 2.4 GHz spectrum.

Bluvision Integrates Sensor-Enabled Manufacturing Solutions With Siemens Technology
Bluvision has announced that it is working to integrate its suite of connected manufacturing solutions, including real-time location system (RTLS), proximity location system (PLS) and motor Condition Monitoring solutions, with Siemens' technology so that data collected from sensors can be fed into a machine's so-called digital twin for monitoring, diagnostic and prognostic purposes. A digital twin is a digital copy that is created and developed simultaneously with an actual machine. Siemens offers software systems for the development of these digital twins.

Bluvision's connected manufacturing solutions provide visibility and documentation into the location, health and performance of assets and the workforce within a location, the company reports. Bluvision's RTLS is a software-based solution that provides greater than 1-meter (3.3-foot) accuracy in locating an asset, requires no wired hardware and, according to the company, comes with the lowest cost of ownership on the market. Bluvision says its PLS is used to track assets into and out of specific areas within a facility, and is a better alternative to RFID-based solutions. The firm's Condition Monitoring system tracks the health and condition of motors and motorized equipment by monitoring critical telemetry data, including vibration and temperature, in an agnostic, low-cost fashion.

Bluvision's RTLS solution can be integrated with a digital twin to provide a virtual version of an employee wearing a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) badge. When the worker approaches a specific workstation within a simulated work environment, his or her pertinent process metrics can be loaded into the virtual model, which can then be used to evaluate workflow process and workforce optimization. Using Bluvision's PLS, the same BLE badges can be configured to facilitate collaboration and safety measures through the creation of user-defined alerts. The beacons can be programmed to issue alerts to the supervisor when a worker requires assistance or additional materials. When Bluvision's Condition Monitoring system is integrated with a digital twin and Siemens' X-Tools, it can be used to minimize manufacturing downtime due to motor failure, as well as optimize the production process.

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