Yokogawa commits to the IIoT

09 November 2016

Yokogawa has recently made some significant moves which demonstrate its commitment to the development of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Firstly it has set up a new division – the Architecture Development Division California – to pursue the development of core technologies to facilitate IIoT architectures. Secondly it has acquired a developer of cyber security software for the IIoT.

The new Architecture Development Division California will be dedicated to the development of Core technologies for the IIoT to help improve operational efficiency and productivity of Yokogawa customers. 

The new division will function as a unit of Yokogawa’s Marketing Headquarters’ Business Development Center, and will focus on new technologies for the IIoT sector and facilitate close co-ordination with partner companies. 

With its a strategic acquision of Bayshore Networks – a US developer of cybersecurity software for the IIoT the company hopes to speed its development of the IIoT architecture needed to expand its solutions lineup.

Bayshore Networks has created communications control technology for Layer 7 of the open systems interconnection (OSI) reference model: a model in which the functions of communication devices are divided into seven layers. This model was defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to facilitate data communication among different communication systems. As well as offering cybersecurity technology, this capability can also be employed in safety solutions for   monitoring and controlling production facilities. This is technology that has the potential to become a crucial component in Yokogawa’s IIoT architecture research and development efforts.

Commenting on the acquisiton, Tsuyoshi Abe, a Yokogawa vice president and head of the company’s marketing headquarters, said: “We are looking forward to creating new value by providing further innovative solutions and services to our customers by partnering with Bayshore Networks and its cutting-edge technologies for IIoT security.” 
Mike Dager, CEO of Bayshore Networks, said: “Yokogawa shares our vision for a secure IIoT enabling new applications that will increase safety, optimise processes, and drive efficiencies.”

Recent advances in the IIoT field are making it easier to obtain information through networks and apply it in various solutions. With this investment, Yokogawa and Bayshore Networks will share knowledge and expertise in plant process control and operation, including the latest IIoT security and communications innovations, in support of Yokogawa’s IIoT architecture development. Based on these technologies, Yokogawa aims to expand the lineup of operational technology safety solutions that it will offer to its industrial customers to help optimise their plant operations.

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