***the original article was from Emerson Exchange 365 Community***

The J. J. Pickle Research Campus is a collaboration between the University of Texas (UT) and industry, including Emerson Automation Solutions. The pilot plant was the first location to implement Emerson wireless, and its current focus is separations research, including the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from stack gas. The plant also uses Plantweb Optics to monitor plant controls on distillation, CO2 adsorption/stripping, liquid-liquid extraction, oil extraction from algae, and verification of separation.

 

The facility is also used for process scale-up and troubleshooting, and as a beta site for much of Emerson’s new technology. It has been running DeltaV distributed control system for 18 years, with 600 DSTs running several units, an M-series controller and I/O, S-series controllers and I/O, Electronic Marshalling, AMS Device Manager and machinery health monitoring, and more than 60 wireless HART devices, plus wired HART and Foundation Fieldbus devices, monitored by AMS Device View.

The plant runs with two electricians, one mechanic and a chemist. “Before Plantweb Optics, we’d come in, drink a lot of coffee and open up AMS Alert Monitor, DeltaV Explorer, Wireless Gateway Web Interface, Control Studio and DeltaV Operate to determine the health of the plant,” said Juan-Ramon Campos, instrument technician, electrician and operator. “If abnormal conditions existed, we’d use AMS, Valve Link, Insight, Control Studio and Process History to troubleshoot and determine the next course of action. After determining the problem, we’d head to field with a 475 [field communicator], multimeter, service manual and tools, and after correcting the problem, we’d return to the control room and use above mentioned programs to verify performance.”

Campos and co-presenters Tinh Phan, digital transformation solution architect, Emerson Automation Solutions, and Dhawal Tyagi, chief product officer, ioTium, spoke at the Emerson Global Users Exchange this week in San Antonio.

Remote support couldn’t stay away

“I was having to drive to J.J. Pickle for asset management, which was involving too many long days on the road,” said Phan. Emerson also needed to secure remote access into J.J. Pickle for diagnostics of DeltaV systems and wireless systems.

“We also wanted to do it for implementing new Emerson technologies. I couldn’t see remotely how the instruments were working and how information was being passed down,” Phan said. The project goals became:

  • Get real-time remote access for a view of plant reliability and operational performance.
  • Integrate multiple technologies for a holistic view of asset health and to support recommendations.
  • Have a secure, yet flexible architecture to interface and integrate with other platforms.

Security at the edge

“People need data for analysis from a lot of different pieces of equipment with different protocols,” said Tyagi. On cybersecurity, “The hackers are always two steps ahead, and nobody has a perfect system. You need layers like you have at home—a lock on the door and the valuables in a safe.”

Tyagi described two ways to deploy edge applications—on a cloud, or in the factory. “If you do it in the factory, you still have to get the data to the applications, so how do you connect it to the cloud? And if you try to keep it at the edge—in the factory—you need a Linux or Windows machine, you have to install it and maintain it, and you may need hundreds of them for different locations.”

Instead, to add a monitoring or control application, ioTium installs “iNodes” at the plant, and an “orchestrator” that can access the nodes. Nodes can be connected to private clouds at the company, third-party analytics, instrument vendor remote facilities, etc.

“The resulting private network is not part of the internet,” Tyagi said. “Each iNode is in isolation—any hack can only access one node, one network. You can minimize risk because you know the boundary of the attack.”

End run around IT

Emerson performed a proof of concept using iNodes in iOps, and tested it in Austin before deploying it at JJ Pickle. “We used Azure, ran an executable on AMS Device View, and immediately had a view,” Phan said. “We used a virtual iNode at J.J. Pickle and a hardware node at Emerson. We were able to avoid opening too many ports at J.J. Pickle, which UT IT would not have wanted.”

By securely connecting remotely to the control systems, Emerson is able to monitor all the smart instrumentation. “Before, they were fighting fires every day at the plant,” Phan said. They could commission many devices on a remote monitor and drill down through AMS Device View to see problems and calibration status. “But they still could not do everything on premises, and there was too much to do.

“Plantweb Optics showed a humungous amount of compromised devices that they can now fix—many low batteries, devices not running, etc. that they can repair or disable.”

From JJ Pickle’s point of view, “Installation went seamlessly,” Campos said. “Now we have a real-time capture of data without disrupting critical assets. I can access it from my house, see status, make a plan, and get a faster resolution of device problems from Emerson.”

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ioTium Chief Product Officer Dhawal Tyagi and Emerson Senior Reliability Consultant Solution Architect Tinh Phan to Speak on IIoT Connectivity and Reliability

SANTA CLARA, Calif.Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — ioTium, the first commercially deployed Software-Defined Converged Infrastructure company for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), will be at Emerson Exchange Americas in San Antonio October 1-5, 2018Dhawal Tyagi, ioTium co-founder and chief product officer (CPO), will co-lead a workshop on “The Definitive Guide to Networking Security for IIoT for Plantweb Optics and AMS Device View” alongside Emerson senior reliability consultant solution architect Tinh Phan. In the session, Tyagi and Phan will cover how industrial organizations can securely connect the legacy brown-field world with the new cloud-enabled world, for preventative maintenance.

The invitation-only Emerson Exchange conference was developed to provide end users with a valuable exchange of information among process manufacturers, end-users and Emerson experts. All participants are nominated and carefully vetted by Emerson. The event features workshops and short courses, product roadmap presentations, technology roundtables, meet the expert sessions and technology exhibits. In addition, the program will include keynote speakers from Emerson.

WHO: ioTium’s Co-founder and CPO, Dhawal Tyagi, will be attending the event and co-leading the workshop alongside Emerson’s Tinh Phan and Juan Campos-Ramos, technical assistant IV at the University of Texas JJ Pickle Separation Facility. Tyagi will also be available at the ioTium booth in the Emerson Exchange Exhibit Hall.

WHAT: The joint ioTium and Emerson workshop, titled: “The Definitive Guide to Networking Security for IIoT for Plantweb Optics and AMS Device View,” will cover the use case of creating a data portal by transporting data from the industrial plant floor to business layer or into the Azure or Amazon Web Services Cloud. This workshop will address the security issues within the IoT network and allow participants to obtain a methodology that solves legacy, security and ease-of-deployment issues at their facilities.

WHEN:

  • Emerson Exchange will take place from Monday, October 1 to Friday, October 5, 2018.
  • The workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 2 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. CT and Wednesday, October 3from 1:30-2:15 p.m. CT.

WHERE: Emerson Exchange Americas 2018 is taking place at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, located at 900 E. Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Investment Led by March Capital Partners and Supported by GE Ventures, Honeywell Ventures, JC2 Ventures and Juniper Ventures Validates Strength of ioTium Solutions Deployed in Industrial Fortune 500 Enterprises Worldwide

Santa Clara, Calif. – September 19, 2018 – ioTium today announced that it has closed $13.6 million in Series B financing. This new round of investment brings the company’s total funding to $22 million and validates the strength of the company’s Software-Defined Converged Infrastructure solutions for IIoT, a vision actualized within industrial Fortune 500 deployments worldwide. The funding was led by continued investment from March Capital Partners. Honeywell Ventures, John Chambers’ JC2 Ventures and Hanna Ventures joined existing ioTium investors GE Ventures and Juniper Ventures in the round. Capital will be used to accelerate ongoing technology leadership and to fuel rapid market expansion in the U.S. and abroad.

“Since our founding, ioTium has been focused on solving the deployment complexities faced by industrial enterprises undertaking digital transformation,” said Ron Victor, founder and CEO of ioTium. “Our vision for Software-Defined Converged Infrastructure solutions for IIoT is based on the learning that both flexibility and simplicity are equally important in approaching Industry 4.0. Organizations must combine elements of security, network, and edge computing in a multi-tenanted, scalable and open way to realize their deployment. Our customers and investors recognize that we are the only commercially deployed zero-touch solution to bring these elements together.”

ioTium’s vision for Software-Defined Converged Infrastructure for IIoT has been validated by Fortune 500 customers in multiple vertical markets. ioTium solutions have been deployed by major industrial enterprises in building automation, energy and manufacturing environments, uniquely positioning the Company as a trusted partner for a spectrum of digital transformation initiatives.

“Digital disruption is happening faster than ever before. ioTium is driving innovation with its easily deployable technology for industrial markets where reliability and security are mission-critical. CEO Ron Victor is shaping the next market transition with their Software-Defined Converged Infrastructure solutions designed for IIoT,” noted John Chambers, founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures. “As mentors of digital innovation, our mission at JC2 Ventures is to help disruptive startups from around the world scale and grow, which is why we’re excited to work with ioTium as the team enters the next stage of global expansion.”

“Ron and the ioTium team have a practical understanding of how IIoT can actually be deployed at scale within building automation, industrial and energy environments,” said Sumant Mandal, managing director, March Capital Partners. “We are proud to continue our partnership with ioTium as the organization continues to grow its technology suite, including their Software-Defined Converged Infrastructure vision for IIoT, and expand the reach of its product set into industrial organizations worldwide.”

Many companies tried to tackle the problem with IT-specific approaches, but with the launch of groundbreaking ioTium OT-Net Networking-as-a-Service (NaaS) last year, Victor foretold the death of the command line interface in IIoT. ioTium solutions are built on the understanding that mission critical environments must have a zero-touch solution that can easily scale to hundreds or thousands of sites in some of the world’s most hard-to-reach locations.

“GE Ventures is an active investor in the future of edge computing,” said Michael Dolbec, executive managing director at GE Ventures. “We believe in transformational technologies designed to solve industrial-scale problems. Our continued investment in ioTium comes from the knowledge that the Company can help streamline IIoT adoption in industrial environments because of their unique approach to Software-Defined Converged Infrastructure for IIoT.”

IoTium was recognized as a Cool Vendor in the April 2018 Gartner Cool Vendors in Edge Computing, 2018 report.

The Company has seen record growth in the last year, doubling headcount and growing the customer roster, such as Rexnord in manufacturing, Kilroy Realty Corporation in commercial real estate and other industrial Fortune 500 companies in the energy and oil and gas sectors.

“ioTium has been a true partner in the acceleration of our digital transformation initiative,” said Rick Morse, vice president of Digital Solutions for the Rexnord Process & Motion Control business. “Rexnord is constantly innovating to address diverse deployments and customer needs. The ioTium solution enables us to make a flexible solution implemented across a scalable platform critical.”

“We applaud the Company’s successes since emerging from the Fabric’s co-creation platform,” noted Rajan Raghavan, CEO, The Fabric. “The company has been delivering on its vision across Industrial Enterprises. The successful completion of the latest funding round which includes some leading industrial companies and investors is a further validation of the vision and execution by the ioTium team.”

As ioTium expands its international presence, the new funding will be used to open offices on the East Coast of the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The company will also increase headcount at its Chicago and Houston locations. Geographies are specifically targeted to maximize ioTium’s presence in heavily industrialized areas.

ioTium, the first secure network infrastructure company for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced today that it will be presenting at the TC3 Summit 2017 in Mountain View, California, November 1-2, 2017. Ron Victor, ioTium Founder and CEO, will co-present with Christos Kolias, Principal Research Scientist and Head of the Netsquared Studio at Orange Silicon Valley in a case study session focusing on SDN challenges in IoT for telecoms.

The 10th Annual TC3 Summit is a two day event where companies who build communications networks come together to discover innovations and discuss technologies that will change the industry.

WHO: ioTium’s Ron Victor, Founder and CEO, will attend the event and speak in a case study session with Christos Kolias, Principal Research Scientist and Head of the Netsquared Studio at Orange Silicon Valley.

WHAT: Ron Victor, with co-presenter Christos Kolias, will share how attendees can obtain complete visibility of their IoT network, securely connect, deploy and manage any application to the edge from the cloud at-scale in the session, “Addressing Software Defined Networking Challenges in IoT for Telecoms.”

WHEN:

  •     TC3 Summit 2017 will take place from Wednesday, November 1st to Thursday, November 2, 2017.
  •     Ron’s session will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 2:50 p.m. PT.

WHERE: The TC3 Summit will be held at the Computer History Museum, located at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, California 94043.

Media or analysts interested in one-on-one meetings with Ron Victor at the event should contact Katherine Hyman at (408) 200-3771 or KatherineHyman(at)mcgrathpower(dot)com.

About ioTium, Inc.
ioTium is the first secure network infrastructure company for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Headquartered in Silicon Valley and backed by GE Ventures, March Capital, The Fabric and Juniper Networks, IoTium was founded with the understanding that secure connections matter. The company’s patented technology enables a Network as a Service (NaaS) solution to securely connect legacy onsite systems to cloud-based applications, allowing building and industrial automation, oil & gas, manufacturing, transportation, and smart city industries to realize the promise of Industry 4.0. For more information, visit: http://www.iotium.io.

ioTium Contacts:
Kim Truong
ioTium
(408) 219-1315
Kim.Truong(at)iotium.io

Katherine Hyman
McGrath/Power
(408) 200-3771
KatherineHyman(at)mcgrathpower.com

Ron Victor to Provide Insight on Mass Deployment of IIoT During Keynote Session

Santa Clara, CA March 28, 2017

IoTium, a leading provider of secure, scalable, cloud-managed, easy-to-deploy network infrastructure for IoT applications, today announced that it is sponsoring, speaking and exhibiting at the Global IoT Conference in Santa Clara, California March 27-29, 2017. Founder and CEO, Ron Victor, will be featured as a keynote speaker, covering the complexities involved in deploying IIoT at scale.

The Global IoT Conference, hosted by Global Big Data Conference, provides a wide array of topics across the IoT space. Speakers at the conference are leading experts in the IoT revolution. The three-day event covers IoT developments in consumer, industrial, security and financial areas.

WHO: IoTium’s Ron Victor, Founder and CEO, and Kim Truong, Senior Director of Marketing, are attending the event. IoTium can be found at the company booth #12 during exhibit hours, answering questions from booth visitors.

WHAT: Ron Victor will share insight during a keynote session titled “Complexities in Scalable Mass Deployment of Industrial IoT,” at the Global IoT Conference. The keynote will focus on deployment complexity, security and extensibility in-depth so that attendees can better understand these issues. Ron will share relevant case studies as well as ROI analysis.

WHEN:

  • The Global IoT Conference started Monday, March 27 and ends Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
  • Ron’s keynote session, “Complexities in Scalable Mass Deployment of Industrial IoT,” will be held on Wednesday, March 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. PT.
  • IoTium’s booth #12 will be open during exhibit hall hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT on Monday, March 27, and Tuesday, March 28, in room 210.

WHERE:

  • The Global IoT Conference is taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, located at 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, California, 95054.
  • IoTium is located at booth #12 in the exhibit hall, room 210, during exhibitor hours.

About IoTium, Inc.
IoTium is a Silicon Valley start-up that is extending mainstream Internet to the Industrial IoT world. IoTium enables new revenue streams, secure remote management and diagnostic capabilities for customers in both green-field and brown-field installations. IoTium’s cloud-managed, software defined IoT Network infrastructure provides secure connectivity between devices and systems at the edge and applications in the public or private cloud. IoTium’s solution is secure, scalable, easy-to-deploy and extensible. More information is available at http://www.iotium.io.

IoTium Contacts:
Kim Truong
IoTium
(408) 219-1315
Kim.Truong@iotium.io

Lisette Rauwendaal
McGrath Power
(408) 200-3773
lisetter@mcgrathpower.com