Bosch Rexroth adopts Ubuntu Core and snaps for app-based ctrlX AUTOMATION platform

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February 2020
– Canonical today
announced that Bosch
selected Ubuntu Core for their app-based platform ctrlX
ctrlX AUTOMATION leverages Ubuntu
designed for embedded devices, and snaps,
the universal Linux application containers, to deliver an open source
platform to remove the barriers between machine control, IT and OT.
Industrial manufacturing solutions built on ctrlX AUTOMATION with
Ubuntu Core and snaps will benefit from an open ecosystem, faster
time to production and stronger security across devices’ lifecycle.

the use of an open architecture, industrial machine manufacturers
selecting ctrlX AUTOMATION are freed from being tied to PLC
specialists and proprietary systems with the software being decoupled
from the hardware. With Ubuntu Core and snaps, the ctrlX AUTOMATION
platform enables developers to use a modern CI/CD and DevSecOps
approach to deliver applications on edge devices in a traditional OT

the support of Ubuntu Core, ctrlX AUTOMATION can combine the worlds
of automation and IoT in an open, modular and secure way to build a
future proofed and innovative automation platform,” said Dr. Holger
Schnabel, Product Owner ctrlX CORE, Bosch Rexroth.

Core enhances security with strict application confinement. ctrlX
AUTOMATION apps run with all dependencies in their snaps for
increased isolation. The risk of security vulnerabilities is
minimised as the software files packaged in snaps are unalterable.
Machine manufacturers deploying apps benefit from automated updates
for security fixes and patches for the lifetime of the device,
without the need for engineers to intervene. With Ubuntu Core and
snaps, software updates roll back to the last known working version
to increase uptime and reliability on the factory floor.

Rexroth has embraced an open source approach to industrial automation
enabling machine manufacturers to build a scalable and customisable
platform. ctrlX AUTOMATION provides a software driven approach
enabling users to extend functionality and implement their own apps.
The advanced interfaces offered by ctrlX AUTOMATION, combined with
the openness and flexibility of Ubuntu Core will open a new era of
innovation in industrial automation,” said Loïc Minier, Global
Director, IoT Devices Field Engineering at Canonical.

can create apps, delivered as snaps, in the programming language of
their choice, including C, C++, Python, Javascript or Go.
Traditionally, developers were restricted to specialist programming
languages like IEC 61131, or G-Code in an industrial setting. With
Ubuntu Core and snaps, developers using the ctrlX AUTOMATION platform
have the freedom to use either conventional programming languages or
modern alternatives.


About Canonical

Canonical is the publisher of Ubuntu, the OS for most public cloud workloads as well as the emerging categories of smart gateways, self-driving cars and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise security, support and services to commercial users of Ubuntu. Established in 2004, Canonical is a privately held company.

About Rexroth

As one of the world’s leading suppliers
of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient,
powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The
company bundles global application experience in the market segments
of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and
Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized
system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the
necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth
offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control
technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly
technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of
Things. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 32,300
associates generated sales revenue of roughly 6.2 billion euros in

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