Date Added: Sep 2012
Industrial automation platforms are experiencing a paradigm shift. New technologies are making their way in the area, including embedded real-time systems, standard local area networks like Ethernet, Wi-Fi and ZigBee, IP-based communication protocols, standard Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) and Web Services. The introduction of these new technologies raises important problems that need to be properly solved, one of these being the need to support real-time and quality-of-service (caps) for real-time applications. This paper describes a SOA enhanced with real-time capabilities for Industrial Automation.