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30 INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG By John D. H. Hose T he Linux Foundation EdgeX Foundry project is focused on creating a unifying open architecture for network edge devices to support the vision and goals of the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Industry 4.0. EdgeX Foundry is a vendor- neutral, open-source software framework platform built for the edge of the network. It interacts with the physical, everyday working world of enabling devices, sensors, actuators, and other IoT end points and com- ponents to connect securely and operate efficiently. The intent is to build a common framework for IIoT edge computing. The EdgeX Foundry com- munity encourages a rapidly growing number of IoT solution providers to work together in an ecosystem of interoperable components to reduce uncertainty, accelerate time to market, and facilitate scale. By bringing this much needed interoperability, EdgeX Foundry makes it easier to monitor real-world sensors and actuators, send instructions to them, collect data from them, and move the data across the fog up to the cloud, where it may be stored, aggregated, analyzed, and turned into in formation. With EdgeX, data travels toward the cloud and laterally to other gateways, or back to devices, sensors, and actuators. IoT, IIoT, and Industry 4.0 unifying architecture

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