Mission Critical Edge Starter Kit options for growing IT/OT convergence

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Advantech and Lynx Software Technologies are offering multiple Mission Critical Edge Starter Kit options that enable the convergence of IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology).

This collaboration sees LYNX MOSA.ic for Industrial, Lynx’s mission critical edge platform which provides virtual air gapping between the control automation and other workloads, now available for implementation on select Advantech industrial hardware, helping to reduce integration time for OT edge processing.

These Mission Critical Edge Starter Kits have been developed to enable:

  • Implementation of the edge use cases in the OT domain
  • Virtual air gapping of IT and OT workloads
  • OT operators’ ownership of the system management
  • vPLC, Machine Learning and Security running on the same system
  • Ability to host cloud workloads in the OT domain without impacting operators

The foundational building block in LYNX MOSA.ic is the LynxSecure Separation Kernel, which provides strong isolation of applications, deterministic real-time performance and management of critical system assets to increase immunity to cybersecurity attacks. In addition, Lynx has developed management technologies that will allow Mission Critical Edge systems to be deployed at scale and meet the strict requirements of systems that enable OT & IT convergence.

Many networks across a variety of verticals have been so-called “air-gapped," where the are physically and logically isolated from other networks where communication between these networks is not physically or logically possible.

“One of the primary concerns expressed to us by OT operators has been how to deploy edge technologies in the OT domain,” said Pavan Singh, vice president of product management, Lynx Software Technologies. “By leveraging virtual air gapping, OT operators can focus on the business benefits of new data and machine learning technologies without worrying about the impact on their operations.”

Advantech hardware devices targeted for both Level 1 operational hierarchy for direct control and Level 2 supervisory control include the MIC-770 modular industrial PC and the UNO-137 embedded automation computer. Depending on the level of consolidation needed, both devices combine with LYNX MOSA.ic for Industrial to deliver a suitable OT/IT solution.

Advantech’s MIC-770 series of PCs provide high-performance computing, multiple I/O interfaces, and flexible expandability with the integration of i-Modules and iDoor. They can be widely deployed to support various industrial IoT applications.

The MIC-770 series can be equipped with a wide range of processors to provide custom entry-level and high-end solutions and with the provision of multiple I/O for connecting devices, MIC-770 systems can serve as a data gateway and industrial controller.

The combination of Advantech hardware and Lynx software allows users to have IT/OT collaboration and network separation. In the starter kit, hardware partitioning is provided by Lynx Separation Kernel (LSK).