Anybus gateways promise secure path to IIoT via MQTT and OPC UA

Nov. 7, 2018
Connectivity between all major networks and IIoT applications.
HMS Industrial Networks announced its new Anybus Communicator IIoT and Anybus X-
gateway IIoT with support for MQTT and OPC UA, enabling data connectivity between equipment on all major industrial networks and IIoT applications, while opening a path to IIoT thanks to the new support for MQTT and OPC UA in combination with a complete coverage of industrial communication standards. System integrators, machine builders and device manufacturers can benefit from the fact that data from virtually any industrial equipment communicating on industrial ethernet, fieldbuses, CAN or serial protocols can be transmitted to IT systems and IoT software in an easy and secure way, according to HMS. Connect anything to IIoT-applications Regardless if the data is generated in a single device, a series of machines or entire automation systems, Communicator IIoT and X-gateway IIoT allow the data to be gintegrated, monitored and analyzed from modern IIoT-systems. Data from new and existing industrial equipment can be integrated, enabling improved transparency and decision-making across facilities, increased productivity, and a more sustainable approach to manufacturing, according to HMS. Anybus Communicator IIoT specializes on providing data from devices on serial protocols and CAN, while Anybus X-gateway IIoT integrates data from fieldbuses and industrial ethernet networks. Typical use cases for the gateways involve data integration from e.g. Modbus RTU and TCP, CAN-based protocols, PROFIBUS-DP, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, POWERLINK and CC-Link.

HMS touts the fact that Anybus Communicator IIoT and Anybus X-gateway IIoT are standalone hardware between IT and OT, promising a high level of security. After installation, only one-way data flow from OT to IT is allowed through the gateways, which means that the industrial equipment and systems that are connected to the gateways stay isolated from any potential attack from the IT side.