An Oracle blog about Internet Of Things

  • December 3, 2016

Bringing Enterprise to the edge - Part II

OT-IT integration? Huh?

As IoT makes in-roads from consumer into the enterprise space, the need to bring together the disparate worlds of physical assets (managed OT) and software assets (managed by IT) becomes imperative. According to Drue Reeves, Managing Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, most prevalent problems they will encounter are the integration of edge devices to the IoT platform, and the integration of the IoT platform to enterprise applications and services.

Oracle and Wind River, an Intel company, have partnered to address this challenge. Wind River has presence on 2 billion+ devices and Oracle leads the enterprise application space with 110,00+ customers. Wind River offers Helix Cloud for device management. Oracle has enterprise IoT platform - Oracle IoT Cloud Service. Before we embarked on creating a joint solution, we spoke to several customers. And here's what we heard

  • “Certainly a push button to send data from devices to cloud is table-stakes” Sr. Director of IT, Leading Medical Device Manufacturer
  • “If Oracle can do this, it would be extremely valuable. It creates the business case.” - Leader in Building Automation

Customer validation was clear mandate. So, we set out to deliver a solution that would connect a device to an enterprise app by simply pushing a button.  

The Wind River and Oracle agents connect to two clouds (Oracle IoT Cloud and Helix Device Cloud), establishing two bidirectional paths:

• Management path to Wind River Helix Device Cloud for device lifecycle management

• Data path to Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service for telemetry and analytics

Today, the agents run on several operating systems: Wind River Linux, VxWorks®, and Windows® and make it easier to connect existing devices to powerful analytics and enterprise applications in the cloud. 

So, what? 

Imagine this scenario - An industrial boiler is instrumented with diverse set of sensors. The moment it establishes connectivity, boiler starts pumping data into the cloud, securely. These sensory streams are captured at real time to drive predictive maintenance. Incidents are created and field service personnel is dispatched. But wait, before being dispatched, field service technician will troubleshoot the boiler remotely and fix it through through patching and upgrades.  

If you wish to monitor and maintain your equipment/asset remotely, check out if it's one of the 2 billion devices running on Wind River VxWorks. And if so, its ready to be connected, analyzed and integrated with your ERP/SCM/Field Service applications using Oracle IoT Cloud Service

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