Industrial Internet of Things First Testbed for TSN

Rahman Jamal, NI: “The goal of the testbed is to display the value of new Ethernet IEEE 802 standards, referred to as TSN, in an ecosystem of manufacturing applications.“
Rahman Jamal, NI: “The goal of the testbed is to display the value of new Ethernet IEEE 802 standards, referred to as TSN, in an ecosystem of manufacturing applications.“

National Instruments (NI) has announced a collaboration with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the companies Bosch Rexroth, Cisco, Intel, Kuka, Schneider Electric and TTTech to develop the world’s first Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) testbed.

The companies and the IIC aim to advance the network infrastructure to support the future of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. The goal of the testbed is to display the value of new Ethernet IEEE 802 standards, referred to as TSN, in an ecosystem of manufacturing applications. TSN powers a standard, open network infrastructure supporting multivendor interoperability and integration with new guaranteed performance and delivery. The technology can support real-time control and synchronization, for example between motion applications and robots, over a single Ethernet network. At the same time TSN can support other common traffic found in manufacturing applications, driving convergence between IT and operational technologies.

“Testbeds are a major focus and activity of the IIC and its members“, said Dr. Richard Soley, executive director of the IIC. “Our testbeds are where the innovation and opportunities of the industrial Internet – new technologies, new applications, new products, new services and new processes – can be initiated, thought through and rigorously tested to ascertain their usefulness and viability before coming to market.“

The testbed will:
•    Combine different critical control traffic (such as OPC UA) and best-effort traffic flows on a single, resilient network based on IEEE 802.1 TSN standards
•    Demonstrate TSN’s real-time capability and vendor interoperability using standard, converged Ethernet
•    Assess the security value of TSN and provide feedback on the ability to secure initial TSN functions
•    Show ability for the IIoT to incorporate high-performance and latency-sensitive applications
•    Deliver integration points for smart real-time edge cloud control systems into IIoT infrastructure and application