In search of a hardware platform for machinetalk, we were visiting the embedded world exhibtion in Nuremberg – with over 800 exhibitors it is one of the biggest fairs in Europe covering this topic.
As aspected, there is a huge market for single board computers. For machinetalk, any device will fit as long as you are able to run node.js on it. However, there are some more demands we are looking for.
First, the hardware should be availabe with components that meet industrial standard requirements. And second, there should be a reliable way to extend the board with modules to connect to any major fieldbus system and industrial Ethernet network.
We found both, interesting boards and some manufacturers which built interchangeable modules that connect to almost everything. We ordered a few boards and as soon as they will arrive in our office, we will test them and, of course, report the results in our blog.
Security – a major issue
Talking with people, they see a growing influence of web technologies also in non-web applications. Some have a vague feeling of a possible relevance for there business. In summary, there is some awareness in the embedded world community, but it seems that there is no direct call for action.