Product News: Skkynet releases enhanced DataHub

Jan. 11, 2022
DataHub real-time middleware now supports connections to popular real-time data historians, alarms and notifications, and MQTT Sparkplug B.

Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. announced the release of a new version of its DataHub middleware for secure, real-time industrial-data communications that now connects to popular industrial-data historians from AVEVA, InfluxData and OSIsoft. This release is able to generate alarms and notifications, and can handle thousands of MQTT connections, including MQTT Sparkplug B, its maker notes.

“This latest release of DataHub is redefining industrial IoT,” said Paul Thomas, president of Skkynet. “Users can now collect historical and alarm data directly from in-plant systems and securely pass it over the internet to central offices and the cloud.”

Industrial data from virtually any source—pipelines, wind farms, factories, chemical plants, assembly lines, water treatment facilities—can be consolidated and then transmitted securely and in real time to corporate analytical systems and data lakes to power AI engines, synchronize digital twin implementations, and feed KPI calculations, Skkynet claims. 

Security is based on Skkynet’s patented technology that uses outbound-only connections to ensure that no attack surface is exposed on a local plant network. It requires no IT policy changes, no open inbound firewall ports, no VPNs, and no extra hardwarewhile allowing real-time bi-directional data flow through DMZs and network proxies up to the cloud.

The new release also provides enhanced, patent-pending support for MQTT, strengthening IoT communications by allowing users to integrate multiple connections and providing them with more reliable verification of data delivery and status of connected devices, its maker notes. Additional new features include the ability to generate alarms and notifications from process data as it flows through the system, and to send them via email, text messages, and social media. 

Skkynet states that its products and services—DataHub software for in-plant, Skkynet DataHub service for Microsoft Azure, SkkyHub cloud service, and ETK for embedded devices—provide secure access to industrial data through open, standard industrial protocols, allowing users to fully integrate OT with IT systems and other applications anywhere in the world. Secure by design, Skkynet’s solution requires no VPN, no open firewall ports, no special programming, and no additional hardware. Secure integration of embedded devices, on-premise systems, and remote locations through seamless, end-to-end connectivity in real time lets users derive maximum value from Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0, they note.