IoTium has announced the general availability of its Network as a Service (NaaS) offering, securely connecting legacy onsite systems in mission-critical environments to accelerate the deployment of Industry 4.0 at scale. Also announced today, IoTium closed an $8.4M Series A funding round led by March Capital Partners and GE Ventures.
“IIoT has the power to transform industries. However, the promise of IIoT in mission critical environments such as building and industrial automation, oil and gas, manufacturing, transportation and the smart city industries has yet to be realized,” said Ron Victor, founder and CEO of IoTium. “The key issues facing these industrial environments in the adoption of IIoT are deployment complexities and security. IoTiums highly secure solution enables these industrial environments to easily connect their legacy control and automation systems to greenfield applications in public, private and hybrid clouds or datacenters, without sacrificing security, something mission-critical environments just cant compromise on.”
IoTium understands that the creation of secure, scalable IIoT connections is a critical business challenge that industrial organizations cannot easily overcome on their own. The challenge lies in how to truly digitize brownfield or legacy onsite industrial environments that were not designed to be connected to the cloud. They must be digitized in a way that can scale to large and diverse industrial needs while also protecting the sensitive information transmitted. Security and scalability are paramount.
“IoTium allows us to take advantage of cloud-based software and analytics without compromising on security,” said Doug Johanson, Technical Director at Commissioning Solutions, and IoTium customer. “With the IoTium NaaS offering we can not only manage our systems remotely but also utilize all the benefits of running analytics at the edge, giving us greater insights into our buildings and eliminating unnecessary and expensive site visits. When a truck roll could mean a 200-mile drive to the customer site, you’re talking about a direct impact to the bottom line.”
Until now, deployment complexity and security concerns have caused a widespread lag in the adoption of IIoT. Traditional Information Technology (IT) methodologies involving command line interfaces (CLIs), usernames and passwords; changes to enterprise proxy and firewall policies; are not conducive to deployment at scale in the realm of the Operations Technology (OT) professionals tasked with the care and maintenance of traditionally closed industrial systems. Industrial IoT requires connecting air gapped, unconnected, mission critical control and automation systems to applications that reside in public, private and hybrid cloud.
“When it comes to realizing the promise of the IIoT to improve performance of equipment systems, security and simplicity are critical,” said John Petze, Principal at SkyFoundry. “With our SkySpark Analytics software running on IoTiums NaaS solution, customers benefit from secure connectivity and easily deployment of software across distributed computing systems that connect to the equipment systems from the edge to the enterprise level. The IIoT creates tremendous opportunity to generate value from device data. Analytics are key to maximizing ROI in factory environments.”
“Many companies are missing out on the opportunities, efficiencies and ROI that come with IIoT networks because they hit deployment complexities and security roadblocks when trying to adapt IT-centric approaches or create their own in-house solutions,” said Harry Pascarella, Consultant at Harbor Research. “Industry 4.0 holds a lot of promise for these businesses, however, they shouldn’t apply IT thinking to OT problems, or try to do this alone and hope that it just works. The industry has needed an approach that circumvents these issues and allows even the largest organizations to rapidly digitize their businesses for secure, remote connectivity and applications at the edge.”
The company’s unique NaaS offering solves the fundamental industrial connectivity problem of brownfield environments embracing software defined networking for the promise of the IIoT, and thus helping industrial organizations to achieve secure remote connectivity at scale, through:
- Zero-Touch Secure Connectivity: IoTium eliminates the need for onsite technicians or costly truck-rolls, CLIs, usernames and passwords, or changes to enterprise proxy and firewall policies.
- Built-in Security: Embedding security in every layer of the IIoT stack, IoTium uses encryption and abstraction to secure both the assets and data, in motion and at rest, isolating every single data stream.
- Discovery: IoTium provides complete visibility to all devices connected to a company’s IIoT network, enabling organizations to ensure that everything on the network is authorized to be there.
- One-Click Deployment of Edge Applications: IoTiums solution deploys analytics at the edge of network, accelerating the adoption of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
- Services at Scale. IoTiums architecture supports the software change management process through multiple levels of authentication at scale.
As a result, industrial environments can transform the way business is done, realizing the full benefits of Industry 4.0 via better analytics, preventative maintenance and greater production efficiency.