Secure Industry 4.0 Data

Moving your data from the factory floor to your enterprise applications

Use Cases Secure Industry 4.0 Data


As companies today of all sizes from small business to large enterprises find themselves in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, they are all faced with the issue of security. The introduction of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), smart sensors and devices used in manufacturing and industrial processes allows information to move from ground zero autonomously to connect with back-end systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) . The advantages are multitude: reduced operational costs, increased efficiency with less down time, reduced energy consumption all contributing to a larger bottom line. The transfer of this “smart” data from the factory floor to the systems that analyze it and respond back puts this information at risk for attack from outside sources. Typically, the information is moved to and from multiple unrelated systems, a patchwork of devices, software and people all working together in different locations. For this reason, protecting your data often requires a multi-faceted approach.

OAS Components Used

This example Use Case utilizes the following OAS Platform Components and can be deployed in many different configurations to achieve the best performance and reliability:

Unidirectional Network Gateway

Supported Data Sources

  • Allen Bradley PLCs
  • Siemens PLCs
  • Modbus Devices
  • OPC Servers
  • MTConnect
  • Applications
  • OPTO Devices
  • MQTT Brokers
  • Amazon IoT
  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Databases

Solution Description

The UDP Broadcast and UDP Receive features of Open Automation Software can be used to transfer data securely in one direction. The Broadcast Servers can be configured to transfer all or selected tag values from a local OAS server to a single or many selected Broadcast Receivers. Broadcast Receiver can be set to receive data from multiple Broadcasters. This allows for secure possible many to many network configuration.
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