Eclipse Foundation Launches Sparkplug Working Group for IoT-Standardization

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Eclipse Foundation Launches Sparkplug Working Group for IoT-Standardization

At the ARC Advisory Group’s 24th Annual Industry Forum, the Eclipse Foundation announced the launch of the Sparkplug Working Group for IoT-Standardization. The group wants to drive the evolution and broad adoption of the Eclipse Sparkplug Specification that enables the creation of open, interoperable, Industrial IoT solutions utilizing MQTT.

In particular, the Working Group will encourage the definition of technical specifications and associated implementations that rationalize access to industrial data, improve the interoperability and scalability of IIoT solutions, and provide an overall framework for supporting Industry 4.0 for oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, smart cities and other related industries. Among the founding members are global leaders Chevron, Canary Labs, Cirrus Link Solutions, HiveMQ, Inductive Automation, and ORing.

With the rapid adoption of Sparkplug within multiple markets critical to the Industrial IoT, we are in an excellent position to bring industry leaders together to drive standardization around this transformative technology,

said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation.

Sparkplug leverages the ubiquitous MQTT standard already in use throughout the industry to provide standardized communications between industrial devices. The Sparkplug working group will help drive new levels of interoperability across devices and vendors in industrial automation.

The industry already relies on the open source specification known as MQTT, which is a proven, standard machine-to-machine data transfer protocol that has become the leading messaging protocol for the IIoT. Originally, MQTT was designed as a message transport for real-time Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems, but does not define the data format or address issues around interoperability. Sparkplug now solves these issues.
The Eclipse Foundation has a proven track record of enabling developer-focused open source software collaboration and innovation earned over 15 years. Overall, the Foundation’s more than 375 collaborative projects have resulted in over 195 million lines of code — a $10 billion shared investment. Eclipse IoT projects have been adopted by world-leading companies across verticals to deliver commercial IoT solutions and services.
Companies that want to get involved with Eclipse Sparkplug Working Group and contribute to the project, can find additional information their website.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Eclipse Sparkplug Working Group

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