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Skkynet Embarks on Market Entry Program in East Asia

Wavefront Global Market Entry Program helps bring Skkynet’s Industrial IoT and Industrie 4.0 solutions to industry leaders in Taiwan and Japan.

Mississauga, Ontario, December 12, 2017 – Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (“Skkynet” or “the Company”) (OTCQB: SKKY), a global leader in real-time cloud information systems, is pleased to report that Skkynet was part of the Wavefront Global Market Entry Program, Taiwan & Japan 2017, from November 26 through December 1.  The trip included networking receptions and one-on-one meetings with high level decision makers in key Industrial IoT and Industrie 4.0 associations and industries in Taipei, Osaka, and Tokyo, as well as attending the System Control Fair & Measurement Control Show (SCF 2017) in Tokyo.

“Wavefront opened some valuable opportunities by connecting us to the right people at the appropriate level for each company we visited,” said Paul Thomas, President of Skkynet.  “Both Japan and Taiwan are actively pursuing Industrie 4.0 and Industrial IoT initiatives, and these executives and leaders of thought expressed a keen interest in our end-to-end SaaS for real-time data that is secure by design.”

“Skkynet’s innovative technology and proven solutions for smart manufacturing, IoT, and embedded systems perfectly address the growing needs of industry in Taiwan and Japan,” said Geoff Ledingham, Manager, Global Services at Wavefront. “We were pleased to assist them in entering these markets at just the right time.”

Skkynet’s delegation demonstrated how their software-based solutions allow industrial and embedded systems to securely network live data in real time from any location. These solutions include enabling bidirectional supervisory control, integration and sharing of data with multiple users, and real-time access to selected data sets in a web browser, either on-site or remotely over insecure networks such as the Internet.

“In less than a week we met a wide range of people, and were able to share our vision of the most reliable way to implement Industrial IoT to solve real-world problems,” said Thomas.  “Pretty much everyone we talked to was open to considering new methods for high-speed data integration and secure remote access, to gain advantage in the coming era of Industrie 4.0 and Industrial IoT applications.”

Skkynet’s DataHub middleware, SkkyHub service, and ETK provide secure access to industrial data, allowing users to fully integrate OT (operations technology) with IT systems and other applications anywhere in the world. Secure by design, it requires no VPN, no open firewall ports, no special programming, and no additional hardware. Secure integration of embedded devices, on-premise systems, and remote locations through seamless, end-to-end connectivity in real time lets users derive maximum value from Industrial IoT and Industrie 4.0.

About Wavefront

Wavefront is Canada’s leader in transforming business through mobile and IoT innovation. It is a centre for commercialization for companies in the wireless and IoT technologies space. Wavefront’s vision is to build a globally relevant, nationally connected ecosystem that delivers digital capacity, competitiveness and prosperity for Canadians.

About Skkynet

Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: SKKY) is a global leader in real-time cloud information systems. The Skkynet Connected Systems platform includes the award-winning SkkyHub™ service, DataHub®, WebView™, and Embedded Toolkit (ETK) software. The platform enables real-time data connectivity for industrial, embedded, and financial systems, with no programming required. Skkynet’s platform is uniquely positioned for the “Internet of Things” and “Industry 4.0” because unlike the traditional approach for networked systems, SkkyHub is secure-by-design. For more information, see https://skkynet.jp.

Safe Harbor

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, and results of new business opportunities. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, such as the inherent uncertainties associated with new business opportunities and development stage companies. Skkynet assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements. Although Skkynet believes that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that they will prove to be accurate. Investors should refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in Skkynet’s annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

What Drives Industry in 2017?

It’s big. It’s by far the biggest industrial automation show in Germany, in Europe, and possibly in the world. It’s SPS IPC Drives. “SPS” is German for PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), “IPC” stands for Industrial Process Control, and “Drives” are tools that control the speed of machinery. It comprises a dozen exhibition halls, each one practically a trade show in itself, filled with gigantic, colorful booths displaying robots, machines, and control system components. It’s where thousands of engineers, system integrators, machine builders and parts vendors gather for a massive show-and-tell featuring the latest and greatest—sensors, actuators, controllers, software, services and more.

The Cogent/Skkynet display was part of the OPC Foundation exhibit at the show, in the communications technologies hall. We had a demo of our completely integrated solution for Industrial IoT data communication and OPC UA (Unified Architecture), from embedded devices with ETK, to the factory floor with DataHub, to our SkkyHub service running in the cloud. We attracted plenty of interest, particularly for our ability to access data from inside a plant without opening any firewall ports, and using no VPNs.

Other exhibits featured IoT, and a few had working demos similar to ours, showing how they could put data from a sensor into the cloud. But there were significant differences. Most of them did not have bidirectional communication, and all of them had to make compromises on security and robust connectivity.

Data Communication must be Secure…

The two technologies most frequently mentioned for data communications were OPC UA and MQTT. Most users are finding out that OPC UA by itself cannot serve as an IIoT protocol, because like every industrial protocol, it functions on a client-server basis. An OPC UA client outside the plant needs an open firewall port at the plant to connect to an OPC UA server inside. This is inherently insecure, since any hacker could also enter the plant through that open firewall port. To surmount this obstacle, a number of companies have turned to the MQTT messaging protocol. Its publish/subscibe architecture allows it to make outbound connections. That does keep firewall ports closed, but MQTT is not suitable for IIoT for other reasons. Notably, it cannot guarantee data consistency.

… and Robust

Funnily enough, when you bring this up, people catch on quickly. I walked around the show and talked to people who had IIoT on their posters and brochures, who were demonstrating IIoT devices, and offering IIoT cloud services. Companies large and small, including some of the biggest names in the industry, are using or promoting MQTT or its close cousin, AMQP. And yet when I pointed out to them how MQTT is unable to guarantee consistent data, they soon understood. Everyone acknowledged that if an MQTT connection from a data source is broken, the data user will not know that his or her data may no longer be valid. “Isn’t that a problem? Couldn’t it be dangerous?” I would ask. “Yes,” they would admit, “but there isn’t any other way.”

Another Way

Finding out that there is another way opened a few eyes. People coming to our booth and those we met throughout the show were surprised and pleased to find out that there actually is a way to maintain a secure, robust connection for IIoT. There is no need to open any firewall ports or to use a VPN, and yet you can guarantee consistency of the data between the server and the client. All you need is the right technology, secure by design. Our task for the coming months is to continue sharing this message with the 1500+ exhibitors and 70,000+ visitors at SPS IPC Drives, along with anyone else who wants to connect industrial process control systems to the IoT.

Skkynet Technology Soon Available in iBRESS Cloud by BellChild

Japanese systems integration company, BellChild, will use Skkynet’s SkkyHub technology in its new iBRESS Cloud service, available next month.

Mississauga, Ontario, November 8, 2017 – Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (“Skkynet” or “the Company”) (OTCQB: SKKY), a global leader in real-time cloud information systems, is pleased to announce that starting December 1, 2017, BellChild Ltd. of Osaka, Japan will be offering iBRESS Cloud service that will be powered by Skkynet’s SkkyHub technology. This service will provide secure, real-time, bidirectional communications for Industrie 4.0 and Industrial IoT applications without opening any firewall ports, and without using any VPN.

“The iBRESS Cloud is an ideal fit for Japan’s well-established industrial base, and for the rest of Asia,” said Paul Thomas, President of Skkynet. “BellChild has a solid reputation for providing secure data communication services, and the iBRESS Cloud technology has been designed to provide the kind of secure, high-speed service that remote connections to industrial systems demand.”

Users of iBRESS Cloud will be able to securely connect industrial plants, machines, or individual sensors and actuators to a complete Industrie 4.0 or IIoT system.  BellChild customers will thus be able to monitor and control their industrial processes in real time, from a web page or mobile phone, as well as log data directly to any database or Big Data repository.  The service requires no programming, and allows users to seamlessly integrate existing systems using standard protocols, while incrementally adding Industrie 4.0 or IIoT capability as needed.

The basis for the iBRESS and SkkyHub services is Skkynet’s patented technology for secure, outbound-only connections, making it fully compatible with corporate IT policies, and ensuring no exposed attack surface – no open firewall ports, no VPN, and no extra hardware.  It provides Industrie 4.0 and IIoT connectivity at in-plant networking speeds of microseconds over network latency, and processes up to 50,000+ data changes per second.

About BellChild

BellChild is a system integration company focusing on secure system development, robust infrastructure development, and advanced operations capabilities.  The company develops and maintains secure servers used to support high-speed financial transactions, which is also used to provide a robust and secure platform to support industrial cloud-based systems in the form of iBRESS™ Cloud service.  For more information, see http://www.bell-c.co.jp/.

About Skkynet

Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: SKKY) is a global leader in real-time cloud information systems. The Skkynet Connected Systems platform includes the award-winning SkkyHub™ service, DataHub®, WebView™, and Embedded Toolkit (ETK) software. The platform enables real-time data connectivity for industrial, embedded, and financial systems, with no programming required. Skkynet’s platform is uniquely positioned for the “Internet of Things” and “Industry 4.0” because unlike the traditional approach for networked systems, SkkyHub is secure-by-design. For more information, see https://skkynet.jp.

Safe Harbor

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, and results of new business opportunities. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, such as the inherent uncertainties associated with new business opportunities and development stage companies. Skkynet assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements. Although Skkynet believes that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that they will prove to be accurate. Investors should refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in Skkynet’s annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Skkynet Participates in Wavefront European Trade Mission

Market linkage trip with Wavefront to Germany and the Netherlands puts Skkynet in touch with manufacturing industry leaders.

Mississauga, Ontario, September 26, 2017 – Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (“Skkynet” or “the Company”) (OTCQB: SKKY), a global leader in real-time cloud information systems, is pleased to announce that Skkynet was part of a trade mission to Europe led by Canada’s Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre Society (Wavefront) from September 17-22.  With focus on smart manufacturing and IoT, the trip included several days at the Industry of Things World event in Berlin and visits to manufacturing centers in Germany and the Netherlands for meetings with potential customers and partners.

“Thanks to Wavefront, we were able to connect to the right people at the appropriate level of each company we visited,” said Xavier Mesrobian, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Skkynet.  “As Industrie 4.0 is a German initiative, they are very knowledgeable about Industrial IoT, and keen to learn about our secure-by-design approach.”

Skkynet’s software-based solutions allow industrial and embedded systems to securely network live data in real time from any location. They enable bidirectional supervisory control, integration and sharing of data with multiple users, and real-time access to selected data sets in a web browser, either on-site or remotely over insecure networks such as the Internet.

“We met a wide range of people in a short period of time, and got a glimpse into how these industry leaders are implementing smart manufacturing solutions,” said Mesrobian.  “They are willing to consider new methods for high-speed data integration and secure remote access, given the expanded requirements of Industrie 4.0 and Industrial IoT applications.”

Skkynet’s DataHub software and SkkyHub service are capable of handling over 50,000 data changes per second, at speeds of just microseconds over network latency. Secure by design, SkkyHub requires no VPN, no open firewall ports, no special programming, and no additional hardware.  Seamless integration with Skkynet’s Embedded Toolkit (ETK) provides embedded devices with secure, end-to-end Industrial IoT and Industrie 4.0 connectivity for real-time, bidirectional data flow.

About Wavefront

Wavefront is Canada’s leader in transforming business through mobile and IoT innovation. It is a centre for commercialization for companies in the wireless and IoT technologies space. Wavefront’s vision is to build a globally relevant, nationally connected ecosystem that delivers digital capacity, competitiveness and prosperity for Canadians.

About Skkynet

Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: SKKY) is a global leader in real-time cloud information systems. The Skkynet Connected Systems platform includes the award-winning SkkyHub™ service, DataHub®, WebView™, and Embedded Toolkit (ETK) software. The platform enables real-time data connectivity for industrial, embedded, and financial systems, with no programming required. Skkynet’s platform is uniquely positioned for the “Internet of Things” and “Industry 4.0” because unlike the traditional approach for networked systems, SkkyHub is secure-by-design.  For more information, see https://skkynet.jp.

Safe Harbor

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, and results of new business opportunities. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, such as the inherent uncertainties associated with new business opportunities and development stage companies. Skkynet assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements. Although Skkynet believes that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that they will prove to be accurate. Investors should refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in Skkynet’s annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Secure by Design for IIoT

Securing the Industrial IoT is a big design challenge, but one that must be met. Although the original builders of industrial systems did not anticipate a need for Internet connectivity, companies now see the value of connecting to their plants, pipelines, and remote devices, often over the Internet. The looming question: How to maintain a high level of security for a mission-critical system while allowing remote access to the data?

As you can imagine the answer is not simple.  What’s called for is a totally new approach, one that is secure by design.  This blog entry, published on the ARC Advisory’s Industrial IoT/Industrie 4.0 Viewpoints blog, gives an overview of why standard industrial system architecture is not adequate to ensure the security of plant data on the Internet, and introduces the two main considerations that must go into creating a more secure design.

Cogent and BellChild to Launch Next Generation iBRESS Service

Skkynet subsidiary Cogent Real-Time Systems signs memo of understanding with BellChild to offer next generation cloud service for Industrie 4.0 and Industrial IoT.

Mississauga, Ontario, December 7, 2016 – Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (“Skkynet”) (OTCQB: SKKY), a global leader in real-time cloud information systems, announces that Cogent Real-Time Systems, a Skkynet subsidiary, signed a memo of understanding with BellChild Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, to launch the next generation iBRESS™ cloud service. This MOU supports the rollout of an Asian-market specific SaaS (Software as a Service) for secure, real-time data communication suitable for Industrie 4.0 and Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications.

“We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with BellChild in this way,” said Paul Thomas, President of Skkynet, “and build on the success of the current iBRESS Secure Cloud Micro Service, which we have been offering jointly for the past 18 months.  Adding the capabilities of the SkkyHub™ service to BellChild’s portfolio will significantly enhance their ability to serve their customers.”

Users of the improved iBRESS service will be able to securely connect industrial plants, machines, or individual sensors and actuators to a complete Industrie 4.0 or IIoT system.  This will allow BellChild customers to monitor and control their industrial processes in real time, from a web page or mobile phone, as well as log data directly to any database or Big Data repository.  The improved service requires no programming, and allows users to seamlessly integrate existing systems using standard protocols, while incrementally adding Industrie 4.0 or IIoT capability as needed.

Underpinning the iBRESS and SkkHub services, Skkynet’s patented technology for secure, outbound-only connections is fully compatible with corporate IT policies, and ensures no exposed attack surface – no open firewall ports, no VPN, and no extra hardware.  It provides Industrie 4.0 and IIoT connectivity at in-plant networking speeds of microseconds over network latency, and processes up to 50,000+ data changes per second.

About BellChild

BellChild is a system integration company focusing on secure system development, robust infrastructure development, and advanced operations capabilities. BellChild’s BEAM platform provides highly secure cloud services for the financial sector. The company develops and maintains secure servers used to support high-speed financial transactions, which is also used to provide a robust and secure platform to support industrial cloud-based systems in the form of iBRESS™ service.  For more information, see http://www.bell-c.co.jp/.

About Skkynet

Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: SKKY) is a global leader in real-time cloud information systems. The Skkynet Connected Systems platform includes the award-winning SkkyHub™ service, DataHub®, WebView™, and Embedded Toolkit (ETK) software. The platform enables real-time data connectivity for industrial, embedded, and financial systems, with no programming required. Skkynet’s platform is uniquely positioned for the “Internet of Things” and “Industry 4.0” because unlike the traditional approach for networked systems, SkkyHub is secure-by-design.  For more information, see http://skkynet.jp.

Safe Harbor

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, and results of new business opportunities. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, such as the inherent uncertainties associated with new business opportunities and development stage companies. Skkynet assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements. Although Skkynet believes that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that they will prove to be accurate. Investors should refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in Skkynet’s annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.