Cogent DataHub V9 Adds IoT to OPC Connections, Remote Config, & More

Posted by Win Worrall on Oct 31, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Cogent DataHub is known for its extensive connectivity to OPC DA, OPC UA, OPC A&E, Databases, Excel, ODBC, DDE, Linux, Modbus.  The new V9 releasing in January 2019 takes our saying that "once the data is in DataHub, it can go anywhere" to a new level with IoT connectors and more as listed below.

In this blog post, I'll provide insight into these new features and show you how Cogent DataHub delivers secure, scalable, integrated connections within and between your plants, to the cloud and beyond.

If you’re a current DataHub user or just looking for a solution to solve your particular integration challenges, you can take advantage of the following features in DataHub Version 9:

  • IoT Support: MQTT Client, MQTT Broker, Azure IoT Hub, Google IoT, Amazon IoT, Skkyhub

  • Secure Remote Configurator Tool

  • Scalability Improvements with 64-bit Support

  • IP Camera Support

So how can these features help you?  Let’s dive in and start with the one of the most powerful new features.  Prefer to see DataHub V9 in action? Click Here to Request the Beta

1. MQTT,Azure, Google, Amazon Connections Join the DataHub Family

With this release, the DataHub adds support for the MQTT standard.  This means the DataHub can directly connect your operations data to many popular IoT services, including:

Not only does this release provide MQTT client capabilities - Skkynet is the first to provide an industrial class MQTT broker, as well. With the MQTT broker support, users can now aggregate data from MQTT-capable sensors and other data sources and integrate that data into their existing systems using other standard protocols like OPC, Modbus, ODBC, and DDE.

Screenshot - MQTT Broker Support in DataHub V9

For the MQTT Client capabilities, we looked at MQTT Client tools currently available in the market and developed what our beta users say is the easiest tool to use. With a smart configurator for Azure IoT Hub, AWS and Google, DataHub is the easiest and fastest way to configure and connect industrial data to the cloud – for both publish & subscribe.

Screenshot - MQTT Client Support in DataHub V9

With DataHub IoT solutions users can:

  • Utilize edge processing to filter their data and reduce cloud processing fees

  • Send their data to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), device clouds, and Big Data analytics platforms.

  • Easily create a secure, robust hybrid cloud that isolates the devices inside their plant, protecting them from attack or Internet disruptions, while at the same time making the data available in any supported cloud service.

2. Secure Remote Configurator Tool

Also in DataHub V9, included in the Core component of every DataHub license pack, users will now be able to configure the DataHub much more easily remotely and when it is running as a Windows service.

DataHub V9 Remote Configuration Settings

 

With this feature, a user can even configure a network of distributed DataHub installations from a single location.  This is extremely important for our enterprise users with multiple DataHub licenses spread across geographically dispersed areas.

In addition, Version 9 adds security around remote access.  The connection is encrypted and requires user authentication, so you can control who is authorized to configure the remote DataHub, and what options they can configure.

Screenshot - Remote configuring DataHub V9

3. Full 64-bit application support

DataHub V9 has 64-bit support

Previously, with Versions 8 and earlier, DataHub has still been a 32‐bit applications, limited to about 1.5 GB of memory (even though most systems these days have at least 4 - 6 GB of RAM).  We had cases where users had over 1 million tags in the DataHub.  They wanted to expand their usage to levels that would have caused them to run out of memory in a 32-bit application.  DataHub Version 9 can now use the full memory of the computer to increase point counts, scalability and overall performance of your system.

4. IP Camera Support

DataHub Version 9 also adds support for IP cameras. Users currently licensing Camera support in DataHub Version 8 will now notice they can also connect to an IP camera - just as easily as they did with USB cameras.  Now you can stream live video or images and even control the camera functions using data points, add timestamps, and perform fault detection or motion sensing.

Screenshot - IP Camera Support in DataHub V9

These new features enhance the DataHub's ability to have a connected enterprise on all levels, from the smallest sensor all the way to the cloud and everywhere in between.  Click below to request your Cogent DataHub V9 Beta to see what you'll have access to on January 1 firsthand.  And don't forget to subscribe to our blog to receive notifications about important announcements and resources like this in the future.

Apply now for access to the DataHub V9 Beta program

Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, IT/OT, OPC UA, Security, DataHub, Azure IoT, Amazon IoT, Google IoT

Win Worrall

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