PrismTech Joins the OpenFog Consortium to Facilitate Efficient Data Connectivity for the Internet of Things

By CIOReview | Friday, February 26, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: PrismTech, a global provider of software platforms and tools for distributed systems and wireless communications, has joined the OpenFog Consortium, an open association, to enable efficient Edge to Cloud data connectivity for the Internet of Things. PrismTech will now contribute its expertise in fog computing and edge computing products and technologies to the OpenFog Consortium.

The OpenFog Consortium was formed to accelerate the deployment of fog computing technologies through the development of an open architecture that identifies core technologies and capabilities such as distributed computing, networking, and storage.  The consortium drives industry and academic leadership in fog computing architectures with whitepapers, testbeds, and other deliverables that demonstrate best practices for interoperability and composability between cloud and edge architectures.  By utilizing existing standards work and proven approaches, the consortium will reduce the time required to deliver the end-to-end IoT scenarios (technologies, architectures and business development) that the market is demanding.

As the world is becoming more urban paving a way to smart cities, building such connected cities involves number of facilities and enhanced services. Fog computing plays a vital role in facilitating smart city where the data is processed locally and safety or equipment alerts can be acted upon immediately. For example, in manufacturing and transportation industry, preventive maintenance applications can process a huge amount of sensor data to trigger needed maintenance before there is an equipment failure. In retail, data from parking lot video cameras can not only provide security surveillance, but can also work with fog analytics capabilities to predict store traffic flow, and optimize checkout staffing. Furthermore, fog computing distributes the resources and services of computation, communication, control, and storage closer to devices and systems at or near the users.

Joining OpenFog Consortium, PrismTech extends its extensive experience in the application of fog computing and edge computing technologies to help enable efficient edge to cloud data connectivity for the IoT.  PrismTech's new Vortex Fog product provides secure interest-based routing of real-time data between high performance, peer-to-peer Universal Datagram Protocol (UDP) enabled edge networks, and TCP/IP networks and endpoints, including the cloud. 

With Vortex Fog, different smart city services including traffic management, smart power control of outdoor cabinets, event-based video, connectivity on demand, sensor telemetry for the cabinets and analytics all can be managed easily and securely through a centralized and remote dashboard.

"We welcome PrismTech, with its extensive experience in both the technology and the real-world applicability of fog computing, to OpenFog.  We look forward to their active contributions in the OpenFog framework architecture and new use cases that will lead to next generation IoT," said Jeff Fedders, President, OpenFog Consortium.