What are the advantages of using Connext?
Connext is offered with a modular license policy where the license is sized in Tags (variables). One TAG is any one variable connected to the field in bit, byte, bit, byte, word, float and double/long 64bit, including those defined as structure or array members. The byte, word and other variable can be pointed to single bits. (Note: each variable member of Structure or Array types count as one Tag).
The Connext OPC UA Server includes a suite of communication protocols divided by category. The user can activate them one at a time or several at a time by using the Multidriver option and using the Gateway function. The list of communication protocols (Siemens, Rockwell, Omron, BacNet, Ethernet/IP, Konnex, ecc.) can be viewed on the website in the ‘Support’ section. The Connext Drivers are the same ones used in Movicon.NExT.
Each Connext communication protocol supports automatic import of variables from the field or PLC to facilitate and quicken communication configuring.
Gateway and IIoT
Each Server Tag in the MultiDriver configuration, can be connected simultaneously to different communication protocols. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) protocols, data read in the field can be connected directly to remote systems or to data collection platforms in the Cloud such as Progea Cloud.Databoom for example.
Historian and Data Loggers
The Connext Server offers the Historian option to record data on relation databases (default SQL Server) or in the Cloud (SQL Azure). It is not just a data server but also a true and proper data collection system as well that is capable of providing historical data thanks to supporting OPC UA Historical Access.
Alarms & Condition
The Connext Server also provides the option to use the Alarms configuration to manage Alarms & Conditions specification in OPC UA Clients when needed.
Certified Data Server
The Connext Server is OPC Foundation certified and supports the Data Access, Alarm & Conditions and Historical Access specifications.
The Connext Server ensure maximum openness offering a SDK to allow .NET developers to integrate their own suite of customized protocols to expand the existing library of already available Drivers.
The Connext Server the supports the Hot Backup function as an option allowing you to handle data server arrays to ensure maximum availability of data connections and archives for each mission critical application.
Connext thoroughly embraces Industry 4.0 by satisfying every real-time connectivity need and transcending the limited use of traditional OPC UA Servers.
Scalable Licensing model to ensure cost effectiveness.
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