We are constantly working on the further development of the OPC Router and thus support the successful implementation of Industry 4.0 and IoT in the industry. With the OPC Router Release 4.28, there are some new features for OPC Router customers.
With the upcoming version 4.28 a new Plug-in is available to use the Sparkplug connection in the OPC Router. Sparkplug, widely used in the industry, offers many new possibilities for OPC Router customers. The partnership with HiveMQ and the connection of new cloud environments complement the release. For more information about the new features of the OPC Router Release 4.28, please have a look at our article.
You can test the new version anytime in our fully functional and free demo version. You will also find the new Sparkplug Plug-in and can directly try out the connection of the new cloud environments.
The Sparkplug Specification – Developed for the Industry
Device and cloud communication became much simpler with the MQTT messaging protocol. The minimal latency makes an MQTT cloud connection an excellent solution in industry. However, establishing an MQTT payload is very inconvenient for many machines and devices. Therefore, many developers were looking for a simple solution optimized for the industry.
The Eclipse Foundation developed the Sparkplug specification, optimized for use cases in industrial applications. It describes how edge devices or MQTT-enabled devices can communicate via an MQTT broker. Sparkplug provides a defined schema with the defined MQTT payload, ensuring little project planning effort and rapid deployment in industrial production. Sparkplug is firmly anchored in the industry internationally, increases operational efficiency and advances digitization in the company.
In the OPC Router, the Sparkplug Plug-in is now available with the release 4.28 to enable the use of this MQTT specification. The OPC Router sends and receives messages as an MQTT client via the Sparkplug Plug-in. The respective objects connect on the graphical user interface via drag & drop. In addition, the MQTT payloads used in industrial production can be browsed and selected from a list.
New Partnership with HiveMQ
The MQTT brokers developed by HiveMQ ensure efficient, fast and reliable data transfer. HiveMQ is based on open IoT standards and enables access to numerous MQTT clients. With HiveMQ, we have found a partner that complements our broad MQTT offering with the appropriate and powerful MQTT broker.
The broker in the MQTT network receives and shares messages and information with the corresponding MQTT clients. With the HiveMQ partnership, it is now even easier to build a digital system landscape and implement digitization in your production.
Access to the WAGO IoT Cloud – with the WAGO Cloud Profile
Using the new OPC Router Version 4.28, the OPC Router can establish a connection to the WAGO Cloud. The cloud collects and analyzes data from various machines and devices.
MQTT enables the WAGO Cloud Profile configuration and connection to the cloud environment. With the new WAGO Cloud Profile, the configuration is now easier. The WAGO Cloud allows direct access to data from WAGO devices.
Making Data Available all over the World – with Oracle Cloud
Designed to run applications faster, more securely, and more cost-effectively, the Oracle Cloud is the world’s most powerful cloud. Oracle Cloud provides all the services needed to build and run a digital systems landscape.
The OPC Router is already able to connect to the Oracle database. Starting with the new version 4.28, it is also possible to connect to the Oracle Cloud. Via the Oracle Plug-in, the cloud environment can be connected to the OPC Router. Data can thus be sent to the cloud and received from the cloud. The connection is possible directly via the OPC Router Oracle Plug-in.
More News in Release 4.28
MQTT 5 is available in the OPC Router now
With the new OPC Router version 4.28, the connection of MQTT 5 is now possible. The version can be easily selected in the dropdown of the MQTT Plug-in and consequently communicated in the MQTT network with MQTT 5.
Edge computing with offline application
The licensing of the OPC Router is possible with the new version 4.28 via the TPM module. This module protects the device from unauthorized access and now also confirms the identity of the OPC Router license. This innovation opens up the possibility for the OPC Router to be operated offline in Docker containers. An Internet connection is no longer necessary in conjunction with TPM licensing.
Are you interested in implementing the offline Docker feature? Then contact our OPC Router team.
Extension in Email Plug-in
Microsoft has changed the mail authentication as of the beginning of October. Customers of the OPC Router who use the Email Trigger will benefit from this change thanks to the more secure authentication procedure. We are happy to help you with our support there as well.
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