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EdgeX Foundry Fuji Release Offers Scalable Solutions to Move Data from Device to Cloud

By Arti Loftus November 04, 2019

EdgeX Foundry, a vendor-neutral open source project aimed at building a common open framework for IoT edge computing, recently announced the availability of its “Fuji” release. This new release offers additional security and testing features to build on their first major production-ready “Edinburgh” release launcher earlier in Spring 2019.

With a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) Edge, EdgeX Foundry is an open source, flexible, and scalable software framework which simplifies interoperability between IoT devices and applications in the IoT Edge. Launched in April 2017, and now part of the LF Edge umbrella, EdgeX presents the choice to plug and play from a thriving ecosystem of accessible third-party offerings or to enhance proprietary innovations. In addition, this permits the streamlining of the the process to design, develop and deploy solutions across many types of industrial, enterprise, and consumer applications and allows developers, technology providers, and end users to realize business-value faster and at a lower cost.

EdgeX, as a Stage 3 project under LF Edge, demonstrates the project’s benefits as a self-sustaining cycle of development, maintenance, and long-term support, that recently achieved one million platform container downloads, with almost half of these being downloaded within the last few months. This shows the expeditious advance in code usage.

“EdgeX Foundry has experienced significant momentum in developing an open IoT platform for edge-related applications and shows no signs of slowing down,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “As the only Stage 3 project under LF Edge, EdgeX Foundry is a clear example of how open collaboration is the key to an active community dedicated to creating an interoperable open source framework across IoT, Enterprise, Cloud and Telco Edge.”

“The 1M container download isn’t our only milestone,” said Keith Steele, EdgeX Foundry chair of the Technical Steering Committee and LF Edge Governing Board member. “The development team has expanded with more than 150 active contributors globally, and the partner ecosystem of complementary products and services continues to increase. As a result, we’re seeing more end-user case studies that range from energy and utilities, building automation, industrial process control and factory automation, smart cities, retail stores and distribution, and health monitoring.” 

The Fuji release proposes significant improvements to the Edinburgh 1.0 release that launched in July 2019, which include:

  • New and considerable security features to encompass PKI infrastructure for token or key generation.
  • Application services that now offer full replacement capabilities to older export services provided with previous EdgeX releases. Offering more scalable and uncomplicated solutions to bring data from the EdgeX framework to cloud, enterprise, and on-premises applications.
  • To allow users to move data from EdgeX to Azure and AWS IoT platforms quicker, example application services are provided with the Fuji release.
  • The EdgeX user community has the capability to create new and customized solutions on top of EdgeX with a new applications function Software Development Kit (SDK).
  • Unit test coverage is significantly increased across EdgeX core and supporting microservices, with some services reporting a more than 200% increase.
  • New device service connectors to BLE, BACNet, IP camera, OPC UA, GPS, and REST device services.
  • Opportunity for commercially-supported EdgeX device connectors are starting to mature with the contribution for CANopen, PROFINET, Zigbee, ad EtherCat now ready for use through EdgeX community members.

Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Special Correspondent

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