The Connext© OPC UA software is much more than an industrial communication server. It is a connectivity engine for every data acquisition, deployment and recording need.
Indispensable for Industry 4.0.
Connext is an OPC UA Server that supports a large number of protocols for industries, infrastructures and buildings. It supports advanced features that include Gateway, Historian / Data Loggers, redundancy, OPC UA server and Client IIoT protocols and many more. Connext is the ideal solution for every M2M, IT and OT factory level connectivity need.
The Connext Server has OPC Foundation certification and supports the Data Access, Alarm & Conditions and Historical Access specifications.
The Connext Server offers maximum openness with a SDK to allow .NET developers to integrate their own suite of customized protocols in order to expand the existing library of ready and available Drivers.
The Connext OPC UA Server includes a suite of communication protocols listed under different categories. They can be activated one at a time or several at a time by using the Multidriver option and Gateway function. The list of communication protocols (Siemens, Rockwell, Omron, BacNet, Ethernet/IP, Konnex and others) can be viewed on the website in the ‘Support’ section. The Connext Drivers are the same ones that are used in Movicon.NExT.
Each Connext communication protocol supports automatic variable import from the field or PLC for easier and faster communication configurations.
Connext is offered with a modular license policy that sizes licenses by the required number of 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 variables can be pointed to single bits. (Note: each variable member of Structure or Array types count as one Tag).
Each Server Tag in a MultiDriver configuration, can be connected simultaneously to different communication protocols. Due 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.
The Connext Server offers the option to use the Historian to record data on relational databases (SQL Server is used for default) or in the Cloud (SQL Azure). By supporting OPC UA Historical Access, the Connext data server can therefore be used as a data collection system to provide historical data as well.
The Connext Server also provides the option to use the Alarms configuration to manage Alarms & Conditions specification in OPC UA Clients when needed.
The Connext Server supports the Hot Backup as an option to ensure that data server arrays are handled with the maximum availability of data connections and archives for each mission critical application.
In addition to interfacing with any supervisor, Connext also offers the great advantage of integrating and using the connectivity of the Movicon.NExT SCADA/HMI systems.