Advantech, Lynx team for IoT edge starter kit

Advantech, Lynx team for IoT edge starter kit

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Advantech is using the MOSA.ic industrial separation kernel technology from Lynx for an IoT edge starter kit on selected boards and PCs
By Nick Flaherty

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Advantech has teamed up with Lynx Software Technologies for an Edge Starter Kit that enable the convergence of IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology). 

The Lynx MOSA.ic for Industrial embedded software provides virtual air gapping between the control automation and other workloads and is available for implementation on select Advantech industrial hardware, which reduces integration time for OT edge processing.

The Edge Starter Kit enables vPLC, Machine Learning and Security running on the same system and the ability to host cloud workloads in the OT domain without impacting operators. This is based on the LynxSecure Separation Kernel to provide strong isolation of applications, deterministic real-time performance and management of critical system assets to increase immunity to cybersecurity attacks.

The separation kernel provides support for multiple guest OS as secure virtual machines with virtual KVM support, explicit allocation of storage and other dedicated resources and precise definition of inter-VM connectivity and communication. Lynx has also developed management technologies that allow Mission Critical Edge systems to be deployed at scale and meet the strict requirements of systems that enable OT & IT convergence.

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Many networks across a variety of verticals including government, military, financial services, power plants, and industrial manufacturing have been so-called “air-gapped.” This means they are physically and logically isolated from other networks where communication between these networks is not physically or logically possible. 

“One of the primary concerns expressed to us by OT operators has been how to deploy edge technologies in the OT domain,” said Pavan Singh, vice president of product management, Lynx Software Technologies. “By leveraging virtual air gapping, OT operators can focus on the business benefits of new data and machine learning technologies without worrying about the impact on their operations.”

Advantech hardware devices targeted for both Level 1 operational hierarchy for direct control and Level 2 supervisory control include the MIC-770 modular industrial PC and the UNO-137 embedded automation computer. Depending on the level of consolidation needed, both devices combine with LYNX MOSA.ic for Industrial.

“We’re happy to be able to support the LYNX MOSA.ic for Industrial solution with our MIC-770 and UNO-137 industrial computing devices,” said Jon Towslee, Sr. Director, iFactory, Advantech Industrial IoT Group. “We’re always trying to offer more ways for customers to be able to securely and easily deploy solutions at the edge. Our goal is to continue working with innovative solution partners to make data connectivity easier and more efficient to adopt when utilizing our industrial, intelligent devices.”

Advantech’s MIC-770 series of PCs provide high-performance computing, multiple I/O interfaces, and flexible expandability with the integration of i-Modules and iDoor. They can be widely deployed to support various industrial IoT applications. The MIC-770 series can be equipped with a wide range of processors to provide custom entry-level and high-end solutions. With the provision of multiple I/O for connecting devices, MIC-770 systems can serve as a data gateway and industrial controller.

UNO-137 is an industrial-grade integrated IoT edge gateway ideal for industrial automation. Its new modular design includes a base unit and an optional extension kit, which supports Advantech’s iDoor technology to integrate additional industrial Fieldbus, I/O, and wireless communication.

For more information regarding industrial hardware, contact your Advantech representative. To learn more about security-critical software systems, contact your Lynx Software Technologies representative. 

www.advantech.com; www.lynx.com

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