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Integrating Advanced Analytics into Unified Namespace

by Kudzai Manditereza
11 min read

Integrating advanced analytics, particularly predictive analytics, into a Unified Namespace (UNS) is becoming increasingly crucial for manufacturing organizations. This integration enhances the utility of predictive data and transforms it into a powerful tool for prescriptive operations across various organizational areas. 

This article aims to delve into the importance of this integration, exploring how it enables efficient, real-time data sharing and actionable insights, thereby enhancing decision-making processes, operational efficiency, and the strategic utilization of industrial data.

Benefits of Integrating Advanced Analytics into UNS

In manufacturing, predictive analytics applications have traditionally operated as standalone tools, offering insights based on historical and real-time data. However, the true potential of these insights remains largely untapped unless they are integrated into the broader operational ecosystem of an organization. This is where the concept of a Unified Namespace (UNS) comes into play. 

A UNS acts as a centralized data hub, where information from various sources is aggregated, normalized, contextualized, unified, and made accessible across the organization through a single interface: the MQTT broker. By integrating predictive analytics with UNS, you not only enhance the accessibility of predictive data but also its utility, transforming it into a cornerstone of strategic decision-making processes.

Predictive Analytics Integrated into UNS

Enhancing Accessibility and Actionability

One of the primary benefits of integrating predictive analytics into a UNS is the significant enhancement in the accessibility and actionability of predictive data. By its very nature, predictive analytics offers foresight into potential failures, the health of assets, and the efficiency of processes. When these insights are siloed, their impact is limited. However, integrating them into a UNS makes them universally accessible and actionable. This means that insights regarding potential issues or optimizations can be acted upon in real-time across different organizational areas, from maintenance to quality control, throughput optimization, and energy efficiency.

Facilitating Real-Time Decision Making

A key advantage of using a Unified Namespace as a platform for integrating predictive analytics is facilitating real-time decision-making. In the fast-paced industrial sector, delays in decision-making can lead to significant financial losses, reduced productivity, and increased operational risks. The UNS provides a real-time data-sharing framework that ensures predictive insights are immediately available to all relevant stakeholders. This immediacy transforms the predictive analytics application from a passive predictive tool into an active component of the organizational decision-making process.

Transforming Predictive Analytics into Prescriptive Operations

The integration of predictive analytics with a Unified Namespace paves the way for the evolution of predictive analytics into prescriptive analytics and, more broadly, into prescriptive operations. While predictive analytics focuses on forecasting potential future events based on past and current data, prescriptive analytics further recommends specific actions to benefit from the predictions. This transformation is critical in operationalizing the insights generated by predictive analytics, allowing organizations to anticipate problems and prescribe and implement solutions proactively across various operational aspects.

Empowering Maintenance and Operational Efficiency

One of the most tangible benefits of integrating predictive analytics with a UNS is the empowerment of maintenance and operational efficiency. Predictive maintenance, enabled by predictive analytics, allows for anticipating equipment failures before they occur, reducing downtime and maintenance costs. When integrated into a UNS, predictive maintenance insights can be seamlessly aligned with operational schedules and processes, ensuring minimal disruption and optimizing asset utilization. Similarly, insights into process efficiency can be directly applied to improve throughput and energy use, further enhancing operational efficiency.

Key Steps to Integrate Advanced Analytics into UNS

Determining Data Sources for Your Analytics Use Cases

The initial step involves a thorough assessment of the organization's operational needs and the identification of various data sources that contribute to the analytical processes. This includes not only machine and sensor data but also information from ERP, CRM, and other enterprise systems. Understanding the types of data that will drive advanced analytics is crucial for determining how to best structure and standardize this data within the UNS framework.

Establishing Analytics Namespaces within UNS

Establish specific namespaces within your UNS at the appropriate levels for each analytics scenario you aim to address. For example, to add a predictive analytics solution for a mixer motor in a batch plant's blending area, you might set up a namespace like: 


This structure will serve as the access point for data related to training prediction models, performing analyses, and accessing prediction outcomes for authorized apps, including analytics applications and database connectors. You'll also have sub-namespaces for various data types.

Integrating Data Sources into UNS

After setting up your namespaces and understanding which data should be grouped together, use an IIoT platform to integrate data from diverse systems into a unified data ecosystem. This involves employing a DataOps layer to serve as a bridge for integrating data from both modern and legacy systems that might not use the MQTT protocol. The DataOps layer collects, contextualizes, and normalizes data before it's published to the appropriate analytics namespaces in the UNS.

Creating a Historical Record of Unified Namespace

Storing and accessing historical data is crucial for adding intelligence to industrial operations. This step involves integrating a historian or time-series database and a structured database (like SQL) into your UNS architecture. UNS's high-quality, time-archived data becomes an ideal dataset for training machine learning and AI models, enabling retrospective analysis. Additionally, legacy historians typically already contain data archived over long periods of time, which could be used for training AI/ML models. 

Selecting and Implementing Advanced Analytics Tools

Lastly, selecting the right advanced analytics platform is critical for extracting actionable insights from the data aggregated in the UNS. The choice of tools should align with the organization's specific needs, considering factors such as data complexity, volume, and the analytical capabilities required.


While integrating predictive analytics into a Unified Namespace offers numerous benefits, it also presents challenges that must be addressed. These include the need for robust data governance to ensure data quality and consistency, the integration of legacy systems and data sources into the UNS, and the management of data privacy and security concerns. Additionally, the success of this integration requires a cultural shift within organizations towards data-driven decision-making and a willingness to adapt operational processes based on predictive and prescriptive insights.

Read Architecting a Unified Namespace for IIoT to get practical guidance for architecting a UNS for your organization.

Download our Comprehensive Guide To Industrial Data Management eBook to learn how to develop a well-thought-out data management approach and how this is crucial for the success of your organization’s smart manufacturing strategy.

Kudzai Manditereza

Kudzai is a tech influencer and electronic engineer based in Germany. As a Developer Advocate at HiveMQ, he helps developers and architects adopt MQTT and HiveMQ for their IIoT projects. Kudzai runs a popular YouTube channel focused on IIoT and Smart Manufacturing technologies and he has been recognized as one of the Top 100 global influencers talking about Industry 4.0 online.

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