The industrial world has a long history of modernizing its process controls in order to keep production running efficiently and safely while minimizing downtime. Yet many are locked in established data historian solutions that are costly and lack the methods needed to provide innovation and interoperability. In contrast, open source software inherently provides diverse design perspectives not available from a single software vendor. It provides freedom from vendor lock-ins, enabling integration with other solutions. Furthermore, open source software provides customization, allowing you to adapt the code to fit ever-changing system requirements.
In this technical paper, we will examine what existing solutions lack and review a few open source projects that should be considered for future success for operators.