In the past weeks and months there have been many innovations regarding the Universal Cloud Adapter. There are new communication protocols, simplified installation and some more features.
In addition to the existing communication protocols, the EtherNet/IP protocol for coupling Allen Bradley® or Rockwell® controllers is now also supported. Thus controllers of the ControlLogix, ComapctLogix, MicroLogix, Micro8xx, as well as OMRON NJ/NX series and PLC/5 series can be used for data collection in the cloud. As an addition to the MBus protocol, MBus over Ethernet has been implemented so that MBus level converters with Ethernet interface can be used.
Additional installation options
As the name “Universal Cloud Adapter” already says, the Cloud Adapter should be able to be used universally. In addition to the newly supported processor architectures ARM64 and MIPS, the Cloud Adapter was made available as a snap (see snapcraft store). Due to an optimization, the size of the Docker Images been drastically reduced. On average they are now only about 6MB in size. Newly added are snaps for the ctrlX systems, which will soon be available in ctrlX world. As the following table shows, the Universal Cloud Adapter is currently available in 24 different variants.
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Through these enhancements, more IoT gateways are now supported. In addition to the Teltonika TRB1-series, the TRB2 series and the Teltonika RUT series are also supported. Furthermore, IoT gateways from IoTMaxx will be supported soon. More about this in the near future.
Simplified script installation
The most popular installation variant is still our one-line Bash command. As a new feature, all supported devices can now be installed using the same command:
wget -qO - http://install.anyviz.io | sh
For Windows systems, there was previously only the option of our MSI installer. Thanks to the new Windows App Installer and its winget tool (currently still needs to be installed as a preview), it is now also possible to install the Universal Cloud Adapter on Windows with a one-line command:
winget install anyviz
Additional new features
In the various releases up to version 0.8.2.2 there were more features. The most important ones are briefly summarized here:
- Symbols of Modbus and Siemens connections can now be imported and exported
- Certificate-based encryption for OPC UA connections
- New byte order options for Modbus connections
- New data types for date/time transmission
- Communication via the proxy server defined in the system is possible
- Support for other distributions, such as CentOS
- Data of the Teltonika GPS modules is now available in AnyViz
- Performance optimization in website routing
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