GE brings EdgeLINC™ to the cutting edgeWritten by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
GE Transportation, in the midst of its acquisition by Wabtec Corp., is introducing new capabilities and features to its EdgeLINC™ Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform, “extending its scalability, device support and deployment options.”
The new capabilities include cloud support to complement its on-premise offering, software development kits (SDK) to drive device integration for non-native IIoT devices and Android-based devices, and device collaboration and support for Kontron America and MEN Micro USA devices. “These enhancements open opportunities for organizations across the transportation industry to unlock the power of real-time device processing and optimization,” GE said.
“These robust new capabilities expand EdgeLINC™’s core functionality and allow a broader ecosystem of developers and users to leverage the possibilities of edge-to-cloud connectivity and real-time event streaming,” said GE Transportation Chief Digital Officer Laurie Tolson “EdgeLINC™ has also been updated to include pre-packaged event streaming rules for freight train operations covering fuel management, excess idle, geo-zoning and customer notification systems, representing some of the industry’s most pressing business challenges.”
Adding support for Kontron and MEN Micro’s transportation devices “strengthens EdgeLINC™’s device ecosystem and further demonstrates its device-agnostic usability,” GE noted. “Through the combined strengths of these device manufacturers and cloud capabilities, customers will be able to achieve faster time to market by taking advantage of EdgeLINC™’s broad deployment options and user-friendly device interface and management features; support a wider range of connected devices using the new SDK and enable deployments with high reliability; and attain rapid time-to-business value by leveraging EdgeLINC’s native SAS® Event Stream Processing to develop rules and operational alerts.”
EdgeLINC™, now being deployed on more than 1,000 GE locomotives, is described as “a comprehensive edge device lifecycle management platform providing IIoT connectivity and data flow management, device management, and, using the SAS® Event Stream Processing engine, streaming analytics at the edge and the back office. It provides for off-board monitoring of device health, device configuration and streaming analytics, enabling real-time data processing and optimization. EdgeLINC™ allows organizations to maximize investments in IIoT systems and harness data and insights to drive significant improvements in asset performance and operational efficiency. It will drive productivity by consolidating the management of multiple devices and applications, as well as generate operational efficiencies from real-time analytics of train crew performance.”