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Nerve Blue is an industrial software platform that enables machine builders to offer services to customers for machines installed anywhere in the world.

Nerve Blue offers an out-of-the-box experience, with an intuitive user interface and edge computing features that allow users to collect, store and analyze machine data, consolidate functions on one device, and remotely manage software. Machine builders can reduce system complexity and cost, improve machine performance, and offer new services to customers.

Features

Collect, store and analyze machine data


Real-time data access from PLC and IO infrastructure

Time-series database integrated in device software and in the Management System

Datapath functionality for manipulating and distributing data between different systems

Local and web-based user interface for data visualization

Consolidate multiple functions on one device


Virtualized environment running Windows or Linux virtual machines

Support for lightweight Docker containers

Soft PLC (CODESYS®)

Converge hardware based functions in software

Manage and deploy software


Central repository for containers, VM and CODESYS® programs

Simultaneous deployment of workloads to multiple devices and locations

User management for device and software configuration

Local and web-based user interface for software management

Benefits

  • Nerve Blue optimizes virtualization technology for the industrial world. Sharing computation resources between different operating systems and applications enables you to converge various functions that previously required dedicated hardware (e.g. industrial PC, PLC, gateway, and firewall) in one device. By enabling resources to be virtualized, Nerve Blue makes hardware work harder for you.

  • Nerve Blue provides three ways to use data: on the device, on your local server or in a cloud. This gives machine builders and plant operators the flexibility to choose where and when data is stored, visualized and processed. These new levels of data connectivity provide the information you need, wherever it is needed.

  • Nerve Blue is designed with openness, interoperability and flexibility in mind. The platform helps you become vendor independent, giving you the freedom to choose solutions, from any provider, which best suit your business needs.

  • Through the Management System, Nerve Blue puts installed devices at your fingertips, enabling you to apply software updates to machines without needing to be on site. Central management of device support and maintenance efforts.

Reduce hardware spending by 50% or more

Nerve Blue optimizes virtualization technology for the industrial world. Sharing computation resources between different operating systems and applications enables you to converge various functions that previously required dedicated hardware (e.g. industrial PC, PLC, gateway, and firewall) in one device. By enabling resources to be virtualized, Nerve Blue makes hardware work harder for you.

Access data where you need it most

Nerve Blue provides three ways to use data: on the device, on your local server or in a cloud. This gives machine builders and plant operators the flexibility to choose where and when data is stored, visualized and processed. These new levels of data connectivity provide the information you need, wherever it is needed.

Avoid being locked-in to a single solution or vendor

Nerve Blue is designed with openness, interoperability and flexibility in mind. The platform helps you become vendor independent, giving you the freedom to choose solutions, from any provider, which best suit your business needs.

Provide flexible support and cut maintenance costs

Through the Management System, Nerve Blue puts installed devices at your fingertips, enabling you to apply software updates to machines without needing to be on site. Central management of device support and maintenance efforts.

Detailed information about Nerve Blue can be found in the Nerve Product Brief.

Delivery model

Nerve Blue Software


One-time license per Nerve Device

  • VM and container hosting

  • Local UI

  • Time-Series Database

  • Local data processing

  • Real-time data manipulation

  • Soft PLC

Qualified Nerve Device


One-time purchase

  • MFN 100

  • Kontron A-150/A-250

  • Siemens Simatic IPC 127E/427E

  • Qualification of other Nerve Devices available on request

Management System


Monthly fee per active Nerve Device

  • VM and container deployment

  • Data streaming to the cloud

  • Cloud interfaces

  • Global device management

  • OTA patches and bugfixes

Technical Specifications

  • Base System
    • Debian 10 (Linux Kernel 4.19.0)
    • Support for Atom based and Core I5 based COTS hardware (qualifiable as Nerve Devices)
  • Hypervisor
    • Xen 4.11
  • OS Support
    • Linux and Windows (as virtual machine)
  • Management System
    • Deployable as Linux Docker with browser-based GUI
    • View status of connected Nerve Devices, secure onboarding of new Nerve Devices
    • Supports low bandwidth and intermittent connections to Nerve Devices
  • Workload Management
    • Workload Management Remote management of virtual machines, containers and CODESYS® programs (workloads)
    • Assignment of device resources to workloads
    • Selective application deployment to prevent user error
    • Workloads accessible from the external network
  • Soft PLC
    • CODESYS® 3.5 (PROFINET Master/Slave, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP/IP), Cycle time down to 1ms
    • Hosted in a real-time virtual machine to ensure isolation
  • Database
    • Timescale Time-Series Database (optional InfluxDB)
  • Datapath
    • OPC UA with Authentication support
    • High speed data ingestion: 100,000 data points per second
    • Time stamp support in data-stream and at ingestion point
  • Input Protocols
    • MQTT / JSON, OPC UA Client/Server, OPC UA PubSub
  • Output Protocols
    • MQTT / JSON, OPC UA Client/Server, OPC UA PubSub, Timescale DB (SQL), InfluxDB
  • Permission Management
    • Fine grained role-based access control to Management System
    • LDAP support, OAuth 2.0

Nerve Hardware

MFN 100

MFN 100 is a qualified Nerve device that is optimized and tested for use with Nerve software. The device is designed for use in harsh industrial environments (-40 °C to +70 °C). It is based on an Intel Atom x5-E3940/50 CPU and offers 4 GB/8 GB RAM and up to 512 GB SSD storage. MFN 100 offers 1x IO port for Ethernet-based fieldbus connectivity, 4x GbE switch ports and 1x SFP port. Additional interfaces include 2x USB 2.0 ports and 1x Display Port.

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Getting Started

Nerve Blue Kit

The Nerve Blue Kit is a ready-to-use hardware and software package, designed to support the demonstration and evaluation of Nerve Blue features. The kit provides everything needed to start collecting, storing and analyzing data, and can be expanded to include your own machine infrastructure. Nerve Blue’s virtualized software environment enables users to run multiple container- or virtual machine-based applications and to manage them remotely. In addition, the kit can be used to connect to real-time data sources and update real-time control applications remotely via the management system.

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