CODESYS, the manufacturer of the leading hardware-independent IEC 61131-3 automation suite, announced a partnership with Lynx Software Technologies (Lynx), the leader in delivering solutions for the Mission Critical Edge, to provide a platform that can deploy industrial control automation technology on general purpose compute platforms alongside artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML), security and other application workloads.
In the majority of current deployments, Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) domains are separated by a demilitarized zone, the platform from CODESYS and Lynx and can enable a software programmable logic controller (PLC), an ML/AI model, a human-machine interface (HMI) and an IoT Gateway workload to all run on the same edge system without hampering real-time performance.
“Our partnership with Lynx provides a bridge between the IT and OT worlds so industrial operators can now experience both functions coexisting on the same system while simultaneously meeting security and performance demands across every single edge workload in their mission critical industrial environments,” said Dieter Hess, co-CEO and co-founder of the CODESYS Group.
Benefits for industrial operators of the combination of technologies include:
- Reduced system cost, power and footprint from the integration of multiple discrete systems into a single platform, while maintaining the real-time performance, reliability and safety demanded by OT networks
- Flexible management model of edge OT systems - devices can be managed from within the OT zone and host cloud managed and delivered workload alongside the CODESYS-based workload.
“By welcoming CODESYS into our growing industrial partner ecosystem we are able to solve an important challenge in the industry - that of enabling the software-defined world on the operational floor,” said Pavan Singh, vice president of product management, Lynx Software Technologies. “Now operators can leverage the best of new technologies developed in the information technology world while protecting and enhancing their current operations.”