Proof of Excellence in Software for Wireless Technology

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Ready for the Future

In 2017, the OPC Foundation released several key developments including a new Publish/Subscribe model, founded new subsidiaries such as OPC Korea, and opened new certification labs. In 2018, the ...
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Digital Solutions Architecture

Winckel is a company with a unique core business area: the design and creation of information management systems supported by RFID technology – and the consultation necessary to accomplish it. In ...
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Software Applications for Wireless Technologies

As hardware is advanced, revised, updated, and newly developed, software needs to stay up-to-date as well. Software suppliers are required to design platforms that connect networks of devices from various manufacturers and provide IoT management at a production plant, or across sites within a business. With these softwares, logistics and supply chain management, asset tracking via RFID, or predictive maintenance can be done remotely, securely, and quickly.

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Software for the IoT

Software development and a wide range of application possibilities build the necessary network connection for the Internet of Things. A software that identifies and connects objects can use smart data for event reactions: data transfer, documentation, machine control commands.

Every device (e. g. a reader) has its own software that allows pre-processing of the information read from the data carrier. This embedded software works with the push principle – it pushes information like product ID or directional specifications, directly after it has been read and pre-processed (real-time), to the a data channel that can be subscribed to and where information can be accessed to process it and use it for purposes like analysis or documentation.

Software is what connects the information read and filtered in the physical system with further operational layers of the IoT. The information in the system can be encrypted for higher security, typically via two-step encyption, in which the reader has one part of the key and the carrier stores the other.

Software layers

Middleware for specific applications can increase reader efficiency, make implementation easier, and stores data pertaining to device operation. It receives data from the readers – sensor data, etc. – that it processes according to a protocol (analysis) and then transfers it to the next layer of the IoT, possibly a cloud. It can be integrated into existing systems and software platforms.

Digital information has to be stored in a format that can be read and processed universally (OPC standards). XML can be used to pre-format information on the reader level, which is then tranferred and can be read at another point in the IoT since it is not dependent on hard- or software.

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