NXP Semiconductors, a world leader in secure connectivity solutions, just announced a Linux distribution that is intended to support factory automation. It's called Open Industrial Linux (OpenIL), and it's promising true industrial-grade security based on trusted computing, hardened software, cryptographic operations and end-to-end security.\nThe fact that factory managers and industrial equipment manufacturers are turning to Linux is not surprising considering its operational stability, professional approach to system security, and its obvious low cost of ownership. The importance of the security and reliability of manufacturing security to the well being of any industrial nation is clear from the focus that DHS places on this sector.\n\nOpenIL is helping to usher in a new trend in smart factory automation referred to as Industry 4.0. This "smart factory" vision was initiated in Germany and provides features such as high flexibility, self-optimization, self-configuration, self-diagnosis, and intelligent worker support.\nWhat is Industry 4.0?\nIndustry 4.0 provides a focus on:\n\nInteroperability \u2014 communicating through the Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of People (IoP)\nInformation transparency \u2014 enriching digital plant models with sensor data\nTechnical assistance \u2014 helping people by aggregating and providing visualization of information and supporting their decisions\nDecentralized decisions \u2014 the ability of cyber systems to make some decisions on their own and to perform tasks autonomously\n\nOpenIL includes real-time OS extensions and TSL (time-sensitive networking) support. It also makes it easy for OEMs to add their own software through the Linux file system.\nOpenIL features\nOpenIL includes the following:\n\nXenomai \u2014 a real-time framework for Linux\nXML and NETCONF network configuration utilities\nPrecision time synchronization using gPTP\nEthernet drivers for time-sensitive networking\nSupport for edge computing services\n\nYou can read more about OpenIL by clicking on the link provided and even download source to get started as a contributor.\nCheck out NXP Semiconductors\u2122 N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) for more information on that company's activities and its support for this critical step forward in factory automation and security.