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Setup Options

There are three variants of the DSK Agent available:

  • DSK Agent Edge (software-based)
  • DSK Agent Embedded (hardware-based)
  • DSK Agent Integrated (running at the DSK Node)

DSK Agent Edge#

The DSK Agent Edge is the most common Agent variant and is perfect for all software-based use-cases. It is available on the Azure Marketplace for straight-forward installation or also in the form of a ready-to-use docker-compose file. Learn how to set it up in our specific setup guide.

When to choose:
This option should be preferred if you have access to the controllers of the machines on the shop-floor but not to the sensors directly (e.g. Industrial IoT Gateway).

Data signing:
Data is signed on the shop-floor still close to the data-source (the closer to the data-source, the better for security).

Integration:
You can use your existing connectors, the Agent is integrated at the message bus layer.

DSK Agent Embedded#

The DSK Agent Embedded reads data directly from sensors and uses a dedicated hardware security module for signing the data-streams. This is available as either a C implementation or as a dedicated hardware module in the form of our Sensor Security Module (SSM).

When to choose:
This option should be preferred if you have access to your system on a sensor level.

Data signing:
Data is signed as close as possible to the data-source (the closer to the data-source, the better for security). This option offers the highest level of security.

Acquire:
Contact us if you need more information or wish to acquire an SSM.

DSK Agent Integrated#

The DataSpace Node comes with an integrated agent, there is no additional setup required for it.

When to choose:
This option should be preferred if you are looking to use a software system (for example an ERP system) as a data-source.

Data signing:
Data is signed as soon as it reaches the node.

Integration:
Data can be sent to the integrated agent through the Trust-API - have a look at node integration. API Clients for C# can be found here.