Axiomtek Boasting at the Frontier of IIo

Now, thanks to scientists and technologists, the frontiers of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) knowledge has been pushed back every day. Always at the spotlight of the Io
T, Axiomtek has become very skilled at harnessing the Io
T technology in integrating OT and IT, especially in the industrial environment, i.e. IIo
T where Axiomtek has helped expedite data gathering, reporting, and regulatory compliance among components over the IIo
T; enabling cost reduction, energy saving and maintenance prediction by utilizing big data and analytics over the IIo
T to provide new insights to drive better commercial decisions; and facilitating quick actions to improve response to demand spikes by offering visualized data over the IIo
T for alert notification.

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Edge Computing for Smart Energy

Proudly, Axiomtek’s r
BOX and ICO series can be installed as a power nod or gateway, securely utilizing sensors and meters, leveraging digital controls and analytics, better and managing the flow of energy and information. For smart grid, smart solar and smart wind situated upon disturbed points and centralized management, Such series products can constitute an intelligent gateway, empowering edge computing solutions with a large data storage and flexible design, thus ensuring to fulfill various applications on each end user side, at the periphery of the network, or as close to the originating source as possible

Intelligent Gateway

Adding values to the among connected nodes, Axiomtek’s r
BOX and ICO series plays a role as an I/O gateway, utilizing its own propriety software AXView to bridge nodes over the IIo
T more efficiently and effectively by facilitating data transfer from edge devices to remote servers. Axiomtek’s intelligent gateway can up to network and software management level, and down to sensors and meters – via I/O protocols such as Fieldbus, Modbus, Profibus, etc. over WLAN and WWAN networking – hence enhancing the machine-to-machine, driving operational performance and reducing cost and time for many energy sectors such as natural energy, electrical grid, oil and gas. With Axiomtek’s intelligent gateway, the way connected nodes interact with each other has further reflexed and realized what the Io
T was envisioned to do – the integration of the physical world and the digital word, i.e. cyber- physical integration.

Remote at Gateway and on Cloud

Finally, remote and, more importantly, remote access have allowed machine builders to reduce costs from day one throughout the entire machine deployment – thanks to the offsite problem debugging, software updates, device maintenance, user-profile creation, and more. In this regard, Axiomtek has worked with prominent industrial leaders, such as Microsoft and Intel, building up numerous remote and management systems in smart energy, roadside service, electrical vehicle charging station, among other applications.

Cost-Effective Integrated Gateway Solution

In conclusion, Axiomtek’s industrial gateway ICO100-839 , ICO300 , ICO300-83B and r
BOX510 , r
T gateway discussed above. Furthermore, the design of rich I/O, wireless connectivity, flexible expansion, and software remote are comprehensively providing customers a friendly, cost-effective and reliable solution, helping energy optimize device performance, ensure uptime of assets, reduce outages and costs (especially business operation and maintenance costs), and enable businesses and consumers to better manage their own energy usage to meet their individual needs

T Remote Software for Solar Energy

In view of the growing need to commercialize solar energy, Axiomtek has deployed ICO300, its embedded system, and AXView, its own proprietary software, to form the brain of an intelligent gateway. Shown in Diagram below is the architecture of a solution for a solar energy station, including the front end at a solar station, an Axiomtek’s intelligent controlling in the middle (including hardware and software), and a cloud at the far end.

At the front end, ambient solar panels are grouped together as a solar PV array before connected to PV inverters which then convert the variable direct current (DC) output of a solar PV array into the alternating current (AC) that can be fed into commercial electrical grid or used by a local network. Through RS-485 interface, the ICO300 gateway is connected to PV inverters via Modbus protocol, while the AXView on the brain of a solar station is collecting data, such as voltage, current, sunlight intensity, temperature and humidity, which then is sent to the Microsoft Azure cloud at the far end via 3G or Wi-Fi for display or analytics.

With native support for common industrial protocols such as PROFINET, OPC UA, and Ether
CAT, embedded devices can connect to a variety of devices, equipment, and infrastructure. If you have an application that requires support for numerous protocols, embedded devices can act as industrial gateways that translate between any of the protocols below and even custom protocols through the FPGA.

In automotive and other transportation-related industries, several standards have been developed to ensure effective protocols, database formats, file formats, and so on. offers tools specifically designed to comply with these standards and reduce development time. offers C Series modules for both vehicle buses and industrial buses.

Review some of the most common transportation-related standards, such as J1939, and how software tools address them.






Controller Area Network (CAN) includes two data link layer protocols and several physical layer options. CAN is a multimaster serial bus system with multidrop capabilities primarily used in the automotive industry.

Learn more about CAN.






The CAN with Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) data link layer protocol was created to meet industry and consumer demands with the constantly growing amount of and data within modern-day vehicles.

Learn more about CAN FD.






CANopen is the application layer that sits on top of the CAN physical layer often used for industrial automation applications. It supports up to 127 slave devices and is often used with Service Data Objects (SDOs) for reading data and Process Data Objects (PDOs) for configuration using an object dictionary.

Learn more about the details of this protocol.






Net is a more mature industrial protocol that the Open Device
Net Vendors Association (ODVA) manages and is commonly found in Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley) programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Unlike Ether
Net/IP, which is based on the Ethernet physical layer, Device
Net is based on the CAN physical layer and increases strength and interconnectivity by specifying various parameters, such as the required cable length, connectors, and baud rates.

See PXI, PCI, and C Series Device
Net interfaces offered by






The Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS) protocol is a set of open source software tools, libraries, and applications developed collaboratively and used worldwide to create distributed soft real-time control systems for scientific instruments such as particle accelerators, telescopes, and other large scientific experiments.

Read the “Introduction to EPICS” white paper, which guides you through the basics of working with this protocol and Lab
VIEW software.






Ethernet for Control Automation Technology (Ether
CAT) is a protocol for Ethernet, popularly known in Europe. Published as part of IEC 61158, this open standard implements a master and slave architecture daisy chained over standard Ethernet cabling, typically in a line topology. As a control bus, it focuses on, high-speed I/O for single-point applications, such as machine control and motion.

Learn how to use the Compact
RIO Chassis to add I/O to hardware or third-party Ether
CAT systems.






Net/IP is a real-time Ethernet protocol that ODVA manages and is commonly found in Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley) PLCs. It over standard Ethernet using TCP/IP and UDP/IP and a master (scanner) and slave (adapter) network architecture.

Check out the for Ether
Net/IP product page.



The Local Interconnect Network (LIN) bus was developed to create a standard for low-cost, low-end multiplexed in automotive networks. LIN provides cost-efficient in applications that do not require the bandwidth and versatility of CAN.

Explore a more in-depth overview of LIN.






Modbus is a common protocol used by countless devices for simple, reliable, and efficient across a variety of modern networks.

Read the Modbus Protocol Reference Guide for a comprehensive explanation of the protocol and details on how you can implement it through Lab
VIEW software along with commonly used high-level design patterns.






OPC UA is the interoperability standard for the secure and reliable exchange of data in the industrial automation space and in other industries. It is platform independent and ensures the seamless flow of information among devices from multiple vendors.

Learn more about the OPC UA technology.


IEC 61850IEC 60870-5DNP3The IEC 61850 standard is a set of open protocols based on Ethernet commonly used in electrical utilities. SCADA systems use IEC 61850 to between a master station, remote terminal (RTUs), and intelligent devices (IEDs). Real-time targets may be programmed as IEC 61850 outstation devices with advanced functionality such as power quality, phasor measurement, and other analysis related to the smart grid. The DNP3 protocol has been historically used in these types of applications. It is a simpler protocol more like Modbus, and engineers are replacing it with IEC 61850 and, to a lesser extent, IEC 60870-5.

Learn how engineers are using in smart grid applications.






PROFIBUS was created by Siemens and is now managed by PROFIBUS International. The physical layer for PROFIBUS DP is based on RS485, and this sets the standards for the number of slaves, which can be as many as 124.

See an overview of the PROFIBUS protocol.



Serial covers RS232, RS485, and RS422. Often used for instrument control, RS232 can cover distances up to 50 ft. RS422 implements differential, which provides longer distances and greater noise RS485 is a superset of RS422 that increases the number of slave devices from 10 to 32.

See all the serial interfaces for embedded systems


The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is a reliable point-to-point protocol; data is delivered in an ordered, lossless manner. It is a connection-based protocol, which means that a connection between the client and the server must be established before transferring data.

Read the “Basic TCP/IP in Lab
VIEW” white paper to get started.


The User Datagram Protocol (UDP) is a transport layer protocol used in low-latency and loss-tolerating connections between devices or applications.

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Learn more about the use of the protocol in the “UDP in Lab
VIEW” tutorial.