Our new connector offers customers an “off the shelf” way to capture metered data from a historian and export it securely to the EnergySys Cloud. With simple installation and easy configuration, it’s one more way we’re reducing the time to deploy our solution.
Our technical lead for the development of the connector, James Iggulden, explains more about the connector and its benefits for our users in this short interview.
Q1) What is the Connector?
As most people are aware, production allocation systems rely on accurate and timely metered data. The Connector makes it possible for our customers to feed data directly and securely from their data historians into the EnergySys service for processing. The upload can run according to a schedule, or on demand.
Q2) Why do we need it?
EnergySys already supports manual upload of bulk data, and import of files received via email. The Connector takes that a step further by securely streaming data pretty much directly from the data historian itself.
Q3) How does it improve our service?
By supporting scheduling and the precise specification of the queries to the data historian, the Connector provides a higher level of control over a vital piece of the allocation process. It’s standard software, and it’s simple and easy to configure by end users. We currently have adaptors (the component of the connector that talks to the historian itself) for OSI PI and for IP21, and we’re planning to add more as our customers require them.
Q4) Were there any challenges?
As is common knowledge, the existing EnergySys service is cloud based. The only prerequisites to using it are a supported browser and internet connection. We would never ask our customers to open their firewalls to incoming connections, so the Connector is deployed locally on the customer’s hardware and data is pushed to the EnergySys Cloud.
Local deployment introduced lots of considerations such as constraints on the available physical resources. As a result we have taken great care to build the Connector using compact, well tested and widely used software components.
Q5) What are you most proud of?
The Connector has its own web-based configuration tools, and implements secure transport, scheduling and remote access to the EnergySys service. Authentication is via client certificates, for complete end-to-end security. Creating a standalone tool that had that much functionality, but was still easy to use, required a lot of thought and design. The feedback from our beta testing has been hugely positive, which is very satisfying.
If you’d like to know more about the Connector, or how to install it, please contact your account manager or firstname.lastname@example.org.