Why Open Source Software Powers Innovation at the Edge

Virtual Conference sponsored by InfluxData

March 25th, 2020

11:00 AM EST

What you'll learn:

The industrial world has a long history of modernizing their process controls in order to keep production running efficiently and safely while minimizing downtime. Yet many are locked in established IIoT data historian solutions that are expensive, outdated, don’t interoperate with other systems, and don’t run on a broad range of device and sensor hardware.

Open source software addresses these issues. It’s often cost-disruptive, continually updated by a global community of users who ensure that it’s well-integrated with other systems and can be compiled to run on nearly any hardware imaginable.

Join this presentation as the speakers shatters the stereotype that open source IIoT historians are a poor alternative to proprietary software. Our guests will examine what existing closed-source historians lack and review leading open source projects to consider. They will also provide examples of how open source is becoming standard in loT and explain how companies can use it to their benefit.

Key Topics Covered

  • How open source software historians let you connect a broader set of sensors & devices tot time-series data historians.
  • IoT is real and adoption is growing, if slower than the hype would indicate. Just under 40% are deploying IoT solutions today and another 22% plan to start deploying IoT within the next 2 years.
  • Open source is ‘eating’ IoT with 60% of companies factoring open source into their IoT deployment plans.
  • Potentials combinations of open source software for IIoT Edge use cases.


Frédéric Desbiens is an IoT and Edge Computing Program Manager at the Eclipse Foundation, his job is to help the community innovate by bringing devices and software together. His domain knowledge, skills, and experience in open source, IoT, cloud platforms and activity in social media are great assets to executing

Rob van Kranenburg is the Founder of Council_IoT and #iotday. He is in the Top 100 #IOT Influencers list. (10) He wrote The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. He is co-founder of bricolabs.

Craig Hobbs’ experience with keeping systems performant over the years has helped to shape the kind of engineer he is today — one who enjoys solving complex problems and fighting for users. His specialties include Solution Architecture, Project Management, Proof of Concept Design and Development, Software Customization, Technical Training, ETL

Greg previously served as the CEO of Tangent Company, inventor of the Watercycle™, the only commercial residential direct potable reuse system in the country. Greg holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Business Administration in