Opto 22 joins the Eclipse Foundation and the Sparkplug working group
This month, industrial automation and Internet of Things (IIoT) maker Opto 22 announced that it has joined the Eclipse Foundation as a participating member of the Sparkplug working group. The Eclipse Foundation, which has hosted open-source implementations of the MQTT IoT protocol since 2011, introduced the working group in 2020 to broaden adoption of the Sparkplug topic and payload specification for MQTT. Opto 22 joins other influential IIoT vendors and users: Canary Labs, Cirrus Link Solutions, Chevron, Inductive Automation, HiveMQ and ORing.
Opto 22 has always supported the MQTT standard, starting in 2013 with the introduction of its groov product family. It added support for Sparkplug in 2017 shortly after the specification was released. Since then, Opto 22 has worked closely with other MQTT supporters like Inductive Automation and Cirrus Link, the original developers of Sparkplug, to establish MQTT as the dominant protocol for IIoT.
VP of product strategy at Opto 22, Benson Hougland, commented this “Opto 22 years old participation in the Spark plug Job Group given we the opportunity at to contribute directly at the development of Sparkplug and to work closely with other suppliers who are committed to its success. In view of our strong belief in the use of Open source Software for industrial applications, we are also nice to meet you at to be job with a organization like the Eclipse Foundation at Phone a important project.”
Over the past decade, MQTT has become the most popular IoT-specific messaging protocol for consumer and enterprise applications. The Sparkplug topic and the payload specification for MQTT were developed to ensure interoperability within industrial applications, strengthening MQTT as a de facto standard for the Global Internet of Things and paving the way for digital transformation to large-scale manufacturing, utility and processing industries. The Eclipse Foundation now manages Sparkplug as part of the Eclipse Tahu project and uses its working group to invite collaboration of technology partners in the continued development of specifications, compliance certification and industry training.
Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, adds that “with the rapid adoption of Sparkplug in multiple critical markets for industrial IoT, the group is in an excellent position to bring together industry leaders to drive the standardization around this transformative technology. We are pleased to welcome an influential early user of industrial automation like Opto 22, who can contribute to our goal of reaching new levels of interoperability between devices and vendors. “
Opto 22 has long been a proponent of using open standards and technologies in combination with commercially available products in industrial applications and in-house product development. Opto 22 was one of the first control and I / O system manufacturers to add Ethernet connectivity and TCP / IP to an industrial controller and followed with products based on other open and open technologies. source such as RESTful APIs, HTML / CSS, OpenVPN, Linux® operating system, CODESYS real-time control engine and Node-RED IoT platform.