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Thinglyfied architecture: While websites are communicated over HTTPS, MQTTS is used for transmission of measured values. With each change of value the server sends unsolicited data via MQTTS, whereas when using HTTPS a web form would first have to be requested.
Thinglyfied architecture: While websites are communicated over HTTPS, MQTTS is used for transmission of measured values. With each change of value the server sends unsolicited data via MQTTS, whereas when using HTTPS a web form would first have to be requested.

Hardware is indispensable for Industry 4.0 components. The real challenge lies in the software. SSV has addressed both.

With the DIL/NetPC DNP/9535 SSV has developed an Industry 4.0 capable computer module based on an ARM Cortex-A5 with 528 MHz clock and 256 MB RAM. In addition, the hardware provides 1 × LAN, 3 × UART, 1 × USB 2.0, 1 × CAN as well as various GPIO signals. On the integrated MicroSD card, in a lockable slot an embedded Linux with special extensions can be found. The docker container software Thinglyfied DC 1.0As is supplied as an external accessory. This ensures easy to configure communication links to other Industry 4.0 modules and any desired cloud platforms. In addition to a database the Docker container has two proven cloud service standard interfaces with the SSV RTDC (Real Time Data Channel) and SSV HDC (Historical Data Channel). The external connections are made via Cloud Connector Driver (CC Driver). An optional service concept for this interface is available for different plug-ins that support virtually all popular cloud and IT platforms (MES, CRM, ERP). RTDC, HDC and CC Driver form the SSV Embedded Cloud Services.

In developing the DNP/9535 and the software Thinglyfied DC 1.0 with the SSV Embedded Cloud Services SSV took into account the VDI/VDE “Society for Measurement and Automatic Control” (GMA) reference architecture model Industry 4.0 (RAMI 4.0). The Docker container serves as an Industry 4.0 management shell and stores the data of the virtual representation of the DNP/9535 and the respective sensors, actuators and control functions of an application.

DNP/9535 and Thinglyfied DC 1.0 have a standard web interface for configuration in the application environment. In both blocks Node RED serves as a base, so that with the help of pre-installed function blocks, the necessary interfaces and data flow can simply be clicked together by mouse via a web browser. Additional functions can be imported via the web interface and then configured according to the user’s requirements.