FogHorn's Lightning Software Moves Real-Time Processing to Edge

Following beta product development with flagship customer GE, FogHorn Systems has made its edge-analytics platform generally available.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

King says what makes FogHorn unique is its ability to process complex event data on edge devices (gateways), while most of its competitors run this type of analysis in the cloud. He points to OSIsoft, a provider of database software for process manufacturers—citing OSIsoft's PI System historian data software as an example of comparable but cloud-based data-analytics software.

"We're trying to move that big-data intelligence down to the edge," King states. "We think we supplement and complement what [cloud-based analytics providers] do. Some of them agree, and others think we're a threat."

FogHorn Systems' David King
FogHorn Lightning is available directly from FogHorn, as well as from Lightning-certified IIoT application developer partners. Lightning is also accessible on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, and FogHorn is a certified SAP HANA application solution partner. In terms of IoT gateway hardware support, FogHorn is a certified Dell IoT solution partner, and Lightning has also been validated on HPE Edgeline IoT Gateways, as well as other Intel x86 IoT server platforms.

The software is available in two versions: Lightning Micro and Lightning Standard. Micro performs data processing and real-time analytics, and can ingest data in a number of industry formats, including OPC-UA, MQTT and Modbus. Its real-time data-streaming analytics engine comes with hundreds of built-in functions, along with a software-development kit for writing applications in C++. The Lightning Standard version includes these features and functions, but also enables users to analyze historical data and includes data-visualization tools and basic machine-learning algorithms. Its SDK also supports Java and Python, and the publication of processed data to external, cloud-based data stores in Apache Hadoop, Kafka, Microsoft Azure and Cloud Foundry RIAK.

Single unit subscription list pricing starts at $5,000 to $10,000 per edge gateway, per year (depending on edge configuration), regardless of data consumption, according to King, who adds that volume-based discounts and SI/OEM channel discounts are available.

In July 2016, FogHorn Systems announced that it raised $12 million in Series A funding, with March Capital and GE Ventures acting as lead investors. Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Yokogawa Electric Corporation and Darling Ventures also contributed.

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