Kepware Technologies, a software development company focused on communications for automation, today announced the release of KEPServerEX version 5.16. The release features the new Industrial Data Forwarder (IDF) for Splunk Plug-In, Local Historian Plug-In, and IEC 60870-5 Suite that expand Kepware’s offerings for the Power, Manufacturing, and Oil & Gas industries.
KEPServerEX V5.16 advances Big Data analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with the new IDF for Splunk Plug-In. Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK) software and cloud services allow organizations to search, monitor, analyze, and visualize machine-generated big data from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors, and mobile devices. Kepware’s plug-in leverages the 150+ communication drivers available with KEPServerEX to seamlessly stream real-time industrial sensor and machine data directly into the Splunk software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence. Splunk users can now easily mine industrial data to improve operations, accelerate troubleshooting, perform preventative maintenance, and improve productivity.
Storing industrial automation data for on-site and future analysis is critical, but can be a challenge for many organizations. Available now with KEPServerEX V5.16, the Local Historian Plug-In captures historical information at the point of collection in an easy to configure, flexible, open, and cost-effective solution. It enables data collection, storage, and access at the data source to prevent data loss and improve operational efficiency.
Furthermore, KEPServerEX V5.16 introduces significant advancements to the Power Suite. The new IEC 60870-5-101 and IEC 60870-5-104 drivers bring increased speed and connectivity to IEC 60870-5 devices in electrical substations that include RTUs, IEDs, controllers, and gateways. The IEC 60870-5 drivers work in conjunction with KEPServerEX to provide connectivity and communications with HMI, SCADA, and Historian client applications. The new drivers are expected to have the greatest impact in Europe and Asia where IEC 60870-5-101 and EIC60870-5-104 are the primary substation automation protocols.
"KEPServerEX V5.16 is one of our most significant releases," said Tony Paine, CEO, Kepware. "Our new products enable existing customers to meet the need for greater operational efficiency—and they also open doors to new industries that are ready to leverage industrial data. Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) are merging together to enable wider accessibility and greater integration of information. We believe it's a trend that will continue."
Kepware also recently released enhancements to LinkMaster and RedundancyMaster, allowing users to easily exchange data between OPC DA servers and configure multiple OPC servers into redundant pairs, respectively.