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Nerve: Fog Computing Architecture for Industry 4.0
Platform for control, connectivity and remote management of industrial machines
The Nerve product line comprises machine-mounted and rack-mounted devices that can be deployed within a fog computing architecture to ensure that application data is always processed in the right place at the right time. Nerve includes a dedicated cloud-based service to remotely manage machine software, provide off-site service access and analyse accumulated machine data.
Industry 4.0 is changing the face of manufacturing. Nerve enables machine builders to capitalize on this opportunity with services based on seamless software updates, proactive maintenance and optimized machine performance.
Fog computing architectures enable a powerful convergence and standardization at the networking, security and control levels. In order to deliver these benefits to machine builders, Nerve incorporates leading fog computing solutions from Nebbiolo Technologies, the pioneers in fog computing.
A highly functional software stack, the fogOperatingSytem (fogOS™), scales to run on every piece of Nerve hardware. The fogOS™ provides a secure and virtualized environment for the deployment of edge analytics and machine applications – these can include real-time and non-real-time functions, soft PLC control applications, condition monitoring, anomaly detection, threat detection and isolation.
Working in tandem with fogOS™ is the fogSystemManager (fogSM™). The fogSM™ enables remote management of all of the distributed Nerve devices and their connected machines. The fogSM™ can be hosted in private or public clouds, or even on premises directly on rack-mounted devices. The fogSM™ orchestrates the zero touch deployment of Nerve devices and enables application hosting and seamless deployment of applications to fogOS™ stacks running on machine-mounted devices.
Nerve includes a wide range of connectivity options. For on machine gatewaying, Ethernet-based fieldbuses such as PROFINET are supported (other protocol support on request). Nerve hardware devices also incorporate Ethernet switching functionality which includes the latest IEEE TSN (Time Sensitive Networking) standards. OPC UA can be used for data exchange from sensor to cloud as well as the MQTT and AMQP protocols. Wireless LAN, management port and USB are also available for local connectivity.