Nerve

The Industrial IoT platform addresses the issue of inflexible infrastructures and acts as the missing link between your business and your machines.

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Benefits and Features

Nerve reduces costs and delivers new value for industrial automation companies such as machine builders, system integrators and plant owners. Nerve drives value for customers in four key feature areas.

  • Nerve optimizes virtualization technology for the industrial world. Sharing computation resources between different operating systems and applications enables you to converge various functionality (e.g. industrial PC, gateway, PLC and firewall) in one device. By enabling resources to be virtualized, Nerve makes hardware work harder for you.

  • Nerve provides three ways to use data: on the device, on your local server or in a cloud. This gives machines builders and plant operators the flexibility to choose where and when data is stored, visualized and processed. These new levels of data connectivity provide the information you need, wherever it’s needed.

  • Nerve is designed with openness, interoperability and flexibility in mind. The platform helps you become vendor independent, giving you the freedom to choose solutions, from any provider, which best suit your business needs.

  • Through the fogSM system manager, Nerve puts installed devices at your fingertips, enabling you to apply software updates to machines without needing to be on site. Central management of device support and maintenance efforts.

Reduce hardware spending by 50% or more

Nerve optimizes virtualization technology for the industrial world. Sharing computation resources between different operating systems and applications enables you to converge various functionality (e.g. industrial PC, gateway, PLC and firewall) in one device. By enabling resources to be virtualized, Nerve makes hardware work harder for you.

Securely access data where you need it most

Nerve provides three ways to use data: on the device, on your local server or in a cloud. This gives machines builders and plant operators the flexibility to choose where and when data is stored, visualized and processed. These new levels of data connectivity provide the information you need, wherever it’s needed.

Avoid being locked-in to a single solution or vendor

Nerve is designed with openness, interoperability and flexibility in mind. The platform helps you become vendor independent, giving you the freedom to choose solutions, from any provider, which best suit your business needs.

Provide flexible support and cut maintenance costs

Through the fogSM system manager, Nerve puts installed devices at your fingertips, enabling you to apply software updates to machines without needing to be on site. Central management of device support and maintenance efforts.

The platform comprises three tightly integrated elements that build on solutions developed by TTTech alongside technology partner and fog computing pioneer Nebbiolo Technologies. The three elements are

  • fogNode™ edge computing devices,
  • fogOS™ real-time operating system and middleware orchestration,
  • and fogSM™ centralized system management software.
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Elements

fogNode hardware

Edge computer designed for harsh industrial environments.

Integrates:


  • Atom processor

  • SSD storage

  • RJ45/SFP/USB/display por

fogOSTM software

Software platform hosting virtual machines and applications

Connection to:


  • Field devices

  • fogSM system manager

  • IoT cloud solutions of your choice

fogSMTM software

System manager hosted locally or in the cloud

Enables:


  • Remote software updates

  • Application deployment

  • Data display

Technical specifications

CPU

Intel E3940 4 cores, 1.8 GHz 4GB RAM
Intel E3950 4 cores, 8GB RAM

Storage

64GB SSD MLC
256GB SSD MLC
512GB SSD MLC

Interfaces

1 x 1000 Mbit/s SFP
3 x 100/1000 Mbit/s RJ45
1 x 100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet Console Port RJ45
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Display Port

System software

fogOSTM from Nebbiolo Technologies
– Hosts docker containers or binaries
– Hosts customer OS (Windows and Linux )
– Interface to fogSMTMSystem Manager for secure application deployment
– Role-based access control
– Built-in firewall
– Data path with visualization, time-series database and analytics framework

Operating system hosting

Customer OS (Windows and Linux) hosted as Virtual Machine

System manager

fogSMTM from Nebbiolo Technologies
– On premise or hosted cloud service available
– Remote management of multiple devices
– Remote software lifecycle management
– Remote screen viewing
– Remote status viewing

Connect button

Connection to fogSMTM can be manually controlled at the device. Indicator is lit when a connection to the fogSMTM is established.

Integrated soft PLC

*CODESYS 3.5 (1ms cycle time, PROFINET Master)

Protocols support

OPC UA, MQTT, REST API

Housing

DinRail or wall mount
Dimensions (H x W x D) 177.5 x 75 x 141mm

Power

2 x 24V redundant input
Maximum power consumption 33.6W

Environmental

Intended for use in control cabinets
Operational temperature: -40°C to +70 °C
IP 40 according to IEC 60529
Shock & vibration

  • Intel E3940 4 cores, 1.8 GHz 4GB RAM
    Intel E3950 4 cores, 8GB RAM

  • 64GB SSD MLC
    256GB SSD MLC
    512GB SSD MLC

  • 1 x 1000 Mbit/s SFP
    3 x 100/1000 Mbit/s RJ45
    1 x 100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet Console Port RJ45
    2 x USB 2.0
    1 x Display Port

  • fogOSTM from Nebbiolo Technologies
    – Hosts docker containers or binaries
    – Hosts customer OS (Windows and Linux )
    – Interface to fogSMTMSystem Manager for secure application deployment
    – Role-based access control
    – Built-in firewall
    – Data path with visualization, time-series database and analytics framework

  • Customer OS (Windows and Linux) hosted as Virtual Machine

  • fogSMTM from Nebbiolo Technologies
    – On premise or hosted cloud service available
    – Remote management of multiple devices
    – Remote software lifecycle management
    – Remote screen viewing
    – Remote status viewing

  • Connection to fogSMTM can be manually controlled at the device. Indicator is lit when a connection to the fogSMTM is established.

  • *CODESYS 3.5 (1ms cycle time, PROFINET Master)

  • OPC UA, MQTT, REST API

  • DinRail or wall mount
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 177.5 x 75 x 141mm

  • 2 x 24V redundant input
    Maximum power consumption 33.6W

  • Intended for use in control cabinets
    Operational temperature: -40°C to +70 °C
    IP 40 according to IEC 60529
    Shock & vibration

* indicates optional extra

Hardware

MFN 100

The MFN 100 is an edge computing device, designed for harsh industrial environments (-40° C to +70° C). MFN 100 supports fieldbus connectivity and also integrates a Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) switch for open, standard deterministic Ethernet communication. The device is based on an Intel Atom x5-E3940/50 CPU and offers 4 GB/8 GB RAM and up to 512 GB SSD storage. MFN 100 devices are part of the Nerve platform which integrates fogOS™ and fogSM™ software from Nebbiolo Technologies in a scalable fog computing architecture.

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Applications

Descrete manufacturing
Process automation
Power generation