IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) facilitates the instrumentation of facilities at a lesser cost, by offering some deployment flexibility (energy independent communicating sensor or actuator). It calls upon technologies such as Sigfox, LoRa, MQTT, Webservices, ... which are increasingly generalizing in the field. 

In the field of supervision, the stake is to combine data acquired in a traditional manner with IIoT data. How does TOPKAPI respond to this subject today?

We can say that TOPKAPI is IIoT compatible, but the lack of standard and disparity of the offers present in the market require individual handling of each request, unlike with standardized communication protocols. To respond effectively and in a financially reasonable way, we designed a protocol driver programmable in JavaScript integrating ready-to-use libraries.

We can illustrate this with the example of the Sigfox network: the communication infrastructure is proprietary and the (time-stamped) data is made available via a portal called a ‘backend’, which TOPKAPI has to interface with. The data organisation is specific to each manufacturer: it requires adapting the data exchange protocol to each type of device. No standard Sigfox driver can be proposed. The use of a ‘scriptable’ protocol is a simple and effective solution to this issue.

For more details on TOPKAPI and IIoT, as well as the different technologies mentioned above, ask for our white paper ‘IIoT & TOPKAPI’ by AREAL.