Edge modules facilitate integration into IT solutions

09 May 2023

The edgeConnector products and the edgeAggregator from Softing Industrial offer a range of functionalities with the new version 3.40 that are said to simplfy integration into IT solutions.

The Docker-based software modules from Softing's edgeConnector product family can provide access to process data in SIMATIC S7, SINUMERIK 840D and Modbus TCP controllers. 

The edgeAggregator, which is also Docker-based, provides an OPC UA data integration layer in conjunction with a Docker-based IoT edge solution. This allows various OPC UA servers to be grouped together with their associated address spaces. The aggregated data can then be made available to IT applications via a consistent OPC UA interface.

Version 3.40 of the edge products includes a number of new features facilitate integration with standard Docker IT solutions. These include Metrics support for Prometheus  which enables the collection and analysis of metrics using the Prometheus query language. Metrics can be stored in applications and made available for queries. There is also the alerts to send alerts based on the collected metrics.

The solution also offers support for lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP), enabling integration with centrally hosted authentication solutions. In addition it offers support for the latest MQTT protocol version 5 as well as MQTT Store and Forward and MQTT Trigger Enhancement whiche offers protection against data loss – If the connection is interrupted, the data is temporarily stored and automatically transferred after the connection is restored. 

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