RTI is a company who focuses on industrial IOT systems and John Breitenbach is their Regional Field Applications Engineering Manager (which is a long title for saying he’s someone who knows all there is to know about IoT). John, a long time RIoT member, sponsor and enthusiast, presented the RIoT ecosystem with a unique talk and live demo that spoke to those of us who are Padawan level, as well as Jedi masters in IoT. For those of you who were not able to join the live Lunch & Learn, I strongly encourage you to take the time to view the recording below.  

While the later half of John’s talk is far more interesting to the IoT Jedi masters, it was the first half that I found to be fascinating. When we talk about the Internet of Things, we immediately begin using acronyms and words with double meanings. OT, IT, IIoT and commonly heard Edge, Fog, Cloud, Bus… the list goes on and on. John started his talk by defining and explaining these common terms and acronyms. He then broke it down further by explaining the differences between commercial IoT (think your FitBit and Google Home) and industrial IoT (from device monitoring to edge autonomy devices). Then to help solidify our understanding even more, he provided some helpful use cases.

Using a green ball, RaspberryPI and a Pixy Cam on a local edge databus, along with some other applications and a control loop, John demonstrated how you can visualize data. His demo allowed us to see the difference between the latency that can happen when data has to travel to the cloud and back again and using a local control network located at the edge. All of this tied back to the three design patterns recommended by the Industrial Internet Consortium. Understanding the design platforms highlighted the versatility of the layered busdata platform, which allows data to travel in some east to west directions, as well as north to south. The point made clear, is that in IoT, the key data is the key.



Real-Time Innovations (RTI) is the largest software framework provider for smart machines and real-world systems. The company’s RTI Connext® product enables intelligent architecture by sharing information in real time, making large applications work together as one.

RIoT is a non-profit economic development organization capturing and creating IoT opportunities locally, regionally, and globally. Follow RIoT at www.riot.org for news and updates about partners like Soto IP and more upcoming Lunch & Learn events.