Exploring Timecho Data Management Solutions at the building IoT 2024 Conference

The building IoT 2024 conference, held on February 21st and 22nd in Munich, Germany, has welcomed prominent figures Christofer Dutz (Board Member at the Apache Software Foundation, Solution Expert at Timecho) and Dr. Julian Feinauer (CEO of pragmatic industries) to deliver a splendid presentation. They shared insights into Timecho's IoT real-time and historical data management solutions built around Apache IoTDB, the time series database designed for IoT.


The building IoT conference is an annual developer event focused on IoT and Industry 4.0 technologies, jointly organized by heise, dpunkt, and iX in Germany since 2016. Participants include software and hardware developers, software architects, data scientists, IT project managers, and more, covering topics ranging from cloud computing and edge computing to software architecture, data science, machine learning, large language model (LLM), communication protocols, network security, etc.

building IoT 2024 featured 36 insightful talks from industry giants such as Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, and Balluff, focusing on European Cyber Resilience Act (CRA), time series databases, digital twins, IIoT architectures, hybrid cloud deployment strategies, scalable data processing, Unified Namespace, and other topics. The event attracted over 300 attendees and showcased the latest trends and best practices in industrial IoT technology and solutions.


During the conference, Dutz and Feinauer presented a speech titled "Timecho Real Time Database: Die eierlegende Wollmilchsau" (English translation: "Timecho Real-time Database: The Swiss Army Knife"). "Die eierlegende Wollmilchsau" is a German idiom describing an ideal and versatile entity, akin to the concept of a "jack of all trades", emphasizing the comprehensive capabilities of Timecho's solution.


"Die Eierlegende Wollmilchsau"

Christofer Dutz, an renowned expert in the open-source domain worldwide with years of experience in IT and operational technology (OT), introduced various software systems in industrial automation, such as Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. He discussed the challenges faced by traditional databases, e.g. SQL Server/ Oracle/ DB2, in managing the growing volume of data and introduced three open-source projects—Apache PLC4X for communication with industrial control devices (PLCs), Apache IoTDB for time series data persistence, and Apache TsFile as a storage file format specifically for time series data . Dutz also introduced the open communication protocol SparkplugB based on the MQTT protocol for telemetry transmission and the Unified Namespace for device and data naming systems. He firmly believed that with these software and technologies, IoTDB would become the core of customized MES systems in the future.


Data Subscription based on Apache TsFile

Dr. Julian Feinauer subsequently presented Timecho's "Data collection, Storage & Utilization" data management solution built around Apache IoTDB. He reviewed IoTDB's advanced design concepts and development history, explained its architecture of separating storage and computing, deployment methods for single nodes and clusters, distributed Massive Parallel Processing (MPP) framework, tiered storage, and edge-cloud synchronization features in detail. Dr. Feinauer also demonstrated the powerful features added to the enterprise-level application TimechoDB in the release in December 2023 - the integrated machine learning framework AINode. Through typical application cases, he illustrated its support for tasks such as time series prediction and anomaly detection.


Timecho's IoT Data Management System

Time series databases have been increasingly applied in IoT, energy, manufacturing, and other fields and were mentioned in several speeches at the conference. Timecho's "Swiss Army Knife" IoT data management solution, built around top-level open-source software such as Apache IoTDB, Apache PLC4X, and Apache TsFile, combined with cutting-edge technologies such as MQTT, SparkplugB, and Unified Namespace, and connected to big data ecosystems such as Spark and Flink, received enthusiastic discussion and extensive recognition from experts at the conference. Its application prospects in IoT and Industry 4.0 scenarios are highly anticipated.

Timecho will continue to lead the exploration of cutting-edge technologies in the IoT era, with open-source time series databases as the cornerstone, enabling users to explore and utilize greater data value at lower costs.