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Episode 2: LoRaWAN® and Edge Computing

September 23rd, 2021
Duration: 1h30

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This is the 2d edition of our “LoRaWAN® Frontline” Webinar Series, dedicated to the latest and most exciting developments related to LoRaWAN technology, with feedback from the field coming from our guest Partners and Clients. In this session we will focus on Edge Computing, together with AWS, Advantech and Factory Systemes.

Cloud-based platforms are great for most use cases. However, cloud is obviously not an option for isolated sites, and more generally there are several situations where cloud needs to be extended by on-premises processing or storage. For example, many industrial use cases require site survivability or deterministic latency. The volume of data can also become a problem for cloud-only: ubiquitous sensor deployments with frequent measurements can quickly generate terabytes of data which becomes impractical and costly to store and process in the Cloud.

Edge Computing extends the capabilities of the Cloud, bringing local resiliency, computation and storage to the Edge of the network, combined with the sensing infrastructure. Edge Computing is the perfect complement of LoRaWAN private networks for On-Prem IoT deployments, particularly for Industry 4.0 and mission critical projects.

In this session, Actility, AWS, Advantech and Factory Systems will present several ready-to-use technical solutions to implement Edge Computing for LoRaWAN IoT networks, illustrated by a variety of Industry 4.0 use cases. You will learn about AWS SiteWise and GreenGrass, Advantech sensing and IPC solution, and hear from Factory Systems why Edge Computing is a must-have whenever you need to integrate wireless IoT with existing legacy industrial fieldbus infrastructure.


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LoRaWAN & Edge Computing Overview

By Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility

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The ThingPark Platform focuses on Industrial Wireless IoT at all scales, ranging from single isolated sites to entire campuses and multi-site deployments. The ThingPark Enterprise platform provides a fully integrated Edge Computing node for Wireless IoT that can be deployed on isolated gateways, industrial appliances or in the cloud. The ThingPark Enterprise platform comes pre-integrated with Advantech industrial computers and sensing solutions, as well as advanced AWS Greengrass-based processing and SiteWise dashboarding and analytics. It also connects seamlessly to on-site ModBus or OPC-UA fieldbus systems. Interfacing with the vast LoRaWAN sensing open ecosystem is facilitated by pre-packaged device profiles and CoDecs that provide actionable data to connected IoT & industrial platforms.

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Building Industrial IoT applications using LoRaWAN and leveraging Edge Computing

By Mike RohrmoserSegment Lead, IoT Edge Devices and Partner Solutions at AWS

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A typical industrial facility has thousands of sensors generating data. With the Industrial IoT, manufacturers, for example, can combine machine data from a single line, factory, or a network of sites, such as manufacturing plants, assembly facilities, and refineries, to proactively improve performance by identifying potential bottlenecks, failures, gaps in production processes, and quality issues before they happen. AWS has broad and deep IoT services, from the edge to the cloud, and is the only cloud vendor to bring together data management and rich analytics in easy-to-use services designed for noisy IoT data. The open source-edge runtime and cloud service AWS IoT Greengrass seamlessly extends AWS to edge devices to act locally on the data generated, while still using the cloud for management, analytics, and durable storage. Managed services such as AWS IoT SiteWise allow to collect and process industrial data locally and build hybrid industrial applications that work seamlessly across the edge and cloud – all integrated by Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise platform.

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Building efficient Predictive Maintenance application on private LoRaWAN networks: real-life case study

By Yuan Lee, Wireless Product Sales Manager of Advantech Europe 

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Advantech, as a Global industrial IoT solution device manufacturer, is offering an industrial grade LoRaWAN solution to speed up the adoption of wireless technology in industrial marketplace. The hardware solution includes industrial grade LoRaWAN Gateway (WISE-6610), LoRaWAN Smart vibration sensor (WISE-2410), industrial grade advance LoRaWAN I/O (WISE-4610). Advantech will present its real-life case study from its customer using LoRaWAN and how it allows to build a predictive maintenance application for retrofitting “smart industry” features into brownfield assets. The solution is integrated with Actility OCP ThingPark as “hardware on premise” on private LoRaWAN solution networks, and uses AWS SiteWise to achieve predictive maintenance. 

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Implementing LoRaWAN Infrastructure & Sensors for End Users: integration benefits and real-life use cases

By Miguel DominguesGlobal LPWAN Solutions Manager at Factory Systemes

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Since 1986, Factory Systemes has been a major European player in the distribution of IT and industrial IoT equipment and solutions, including Advantech‘s hardware and Actility’s core LoRaWAN networkallowing better integration with all objects on the marketenabling them to cover many use cases. Factory Systemes has an extensive range of Industrial IoT objects with over 80,000 IoT objects in production since 2017, managing over 60 industrial sites having their own network with internal decoding and automatic OPCUA, MQTT, JSON and even xls data conversion. 3 different use cases implemented by our Factory Systems teams will be presented: railway infrastructure, airport infrastructure and manufacturing infrastructure.

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