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Data handling

What do you want to do with data?

The key to IoT usefulness is getting the data out of where it’s trapped and into the systems and software where it’s needed.

  • Legacy systems
  • Proprietary protocols
  • Remote devices
  • Databases and software

All of these may have data you need in order to track KPIs, improve processes, implement preventive maintenance, and make better business decisions.

With the groov Box edge appliance, you can manipulate and move data between things in the real world and computer systems and software on your company premises or in the cloud.

Standard Internet and IT-compatible tools are built into groov, ready to use:

  • Node-RED, an IoT rapid application development environment
  • RESTful APIs to groov Data Stores
  • Ignition Edge® with OPC UA and MQTT/Sparkplug (A groov Enterprise license is required for Ignition Edge.)
Tank farm - remote data you may need

You can place the secure groov Box appliance at the network’s edge in harsh industrial environments and know you have the tools right there to acquire data, move it, and act on it.

Example: Gather data from plant floor or remote devices

  1. Place groov near a PLC or PAC controlling a device or process.
  2. Use the built-in OPC-UA driver to connect to the PLC.
  3. Publish PLC data to a central server or broker on premises or in the cloud.
  4. Applications like Ignition Enterprise or any MQTT/Sparkplug-compliant software can subscribe to the data.

Because all publish and subscribe communications to the broker use a secure outbound connection, you need:

  • No special firewall configurations
  • No VPNs
  • No remote desktop software
  • No PC
More examples:

An OEM machine builder whose machine must periodically send operational data to a central location for predictive analysis and machine learning

A SCADA engineer who needs to efficiently control and acquire data from a large number of geographically dispersed locations over a cellular or other bandwidth-constrained network

A facilities engineer who needs energy use and HVAC status data transmitted to a cloud database for historical logging

A controls technician who needs to see Allen-Bradley® CompactLogix™ variables on her smartphone for access from anywhere she is located

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Node-RED is included with the GROOV-AR1 groov Box appliance. Node-RED is an open-source, cross-platform programming environment that’s used for IoT applications.

Using Node-RED, you can connect pre-built nodes for hardware devices, cloud services, and APIs (application program interfaces) together in simple logic flows. Read more about Node-RED.

All logos and product names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or organizations. groov is a product from Opto 22 and is not related to nor endorsed by other companies mentioned.


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