The Eclipse Foundation Sets Up The Sparkplug Compatibility Program To Enable Plugnplay Industrial Iot
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The Eclipse Foundation Sets Up The Sparkplug Compatibility Program To Enable Plugnplay Industrial Iot

By CIOReview | Monday, August 1, 2022

Sparkplug compatibility program allows software and hardware providers to demonstrate and validate their products' interoperability with Eclipse Sparkplug protocol and MQTT-based IoT infrastructure.

FREMONT, CA: Although businesses are becoming more conscious of the need to provide pleasant customer experiences, they frequently fail to meet those expectations. To attract and retain customers while empowering a productive and engaged workforce, bridging the gap between end-user expectations and experiences while minimizing the strain on IT. The Eclipse Foundation, one of the world's largest open source software foundations, and its Sparkplug Working Group unveiled the Sparkplug Compatibility Program today at the ARC Industry Forum.

This program is based on Sparkplug, an open-source software specification that allows mission-critical operational technology (OT) clients to use industry standards such as MQTT seamlessly integrate data from their applications, sensors, devices, and gateways with most Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Infrastructure.

MQTT has already established itself as the de facto standard for messaging transport in the IT and OT market sectors. However, it doesnt specify the content of its payloads, making interoperability across the IIoT incredibly challenging. Sparkplug, acting as the HTML of the IIoT, is the industrys best solution for solving this issue and is already in widespread use across multiple industries. Our new program lets industrial firms know if their vendors systems are Sparkplug compatible." says Mike Milinkovich, executive director for the Eclipse Foundation.

The Sparkplug Compatibility Program aims to make it simple for integrators and end-users to obtain devices and software products that are fully compatible with the Sparkplug specification, ensuring that their solutions will integrate seamlessly with the most common Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and networks. Products must pass an open-source series of tests that certify conformity to the specification to be included in the program. Products that pass the TCK will appear on the Sparkplug Working Groups website in the official list of compatible products.