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Developing and Evaluating MQTT Connectivity for an Industrial Controller



Selma Opacin , Lejla Rizvanovic , Björn Leander, Aida Causevic, Saad Mubeen

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11th International Conference on Cyber Physical Systems and IoT


Technical advances as well as continuously evolving business demands are reshaping the need for flexible connectivity in industrial control systems. A way to achieve such needs is by using a service-oriented approach, where a connectivity service middleware provides controller as well as protocol-specific interfaces. The Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol is a widely used protocol for device-to-device communication in the Internet of Things (IoT). However it is not commonly integrated in industrial control systems. To address this gap, this paper describes the development and implementation of a prototype of a connectivity service middleware for MQTT within an industrial private control network. The prototype implementation is done in the context of an industrial controller, and used in a simulated modular automation system. Furthermore, various deployment scenarios are evaluated with respect to response time and scalability of the connectivity service.


author = {Selma Opacin and Lejla Rizvanovic and Bj{\"o}rn Leander and Aida Causevic and Saad Mubeen},
title = {Developing and Evaluating MQTT Connectivity for an Industrial Controller},
month = {June},
year = {2023},
booktitle = {11th International Conference on Cyber Physical Systems and IoT},
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