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Skkynet Cloud Systems Inc., a real-time cloud information system provider, said its Cogent Real-Time Systems subsidiary released its Cogent DataHub software to include support for OPC UA and streaming video.

Version 8.0 of the Cogent DataHub should be able to connect and integrate data for virtually any industrial system, ranging from legacy equipment to state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT systems.

DataHub can extend OPC UA by seamlessly connecting it to the previous generation of OPC (OPC Classic), while providing full integration with video streams, SQL databases, Excel spreadsheets, a web-based HMI, and the SkkyHub service for cloud connectivity, said Andrew Thomas, Skkynet chief executive.

OPC is a series of standards for connecting industrial hardware and devices with HMIs and other software. OPC Classic has millions of installations established over twenty years. OPC UA (Unified Architecture) expands the domain of OPC beyond traditional industrial applications, and to provide improved networking and security. DataHub provides a fast, easy and non-disruptive upgrade path to existing industrial control infrastructure built around the OPC standards, Thomas said.

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The latest version of the Cogent DataHub fully integrates OPC UA as one of its standard protocols, along with OPC DA and other industrial protocols to support OPC networking, OPC server-server bridging, aggregation, data logging, redundancy, and web-based HMI. Capable of handling over 50,000 data changes per second, the DataHub also seamlessly integrates with Skkynet’s SkkyHub and Embedded Toolkit (ETK) for secure, end-to-end Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 connectivity.

The Cogent DataHub connects to Skkynet’s SkkyHub service to securely network live data in real time from any location. It enables bidirectional IoT-based supervisory control, integration and sharing of data with multiple users. Secure by design, the service requires no VPN, no open firewall ports, no special programming, and no additional hardware. It also connects to the Skkynet ETK, to provide real-time, bidirectional data exchange with embedded devices.

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