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Opto 22 expanded the communications and integration capabilities of its OptoEMU Sensor energy monitoring appliance.

Temecula, CA-based – Opto 22 added in Modbus/TCP and OPC industrial protocol support, Microsoft SQL Server and Access integration, and a new Microsoft .NET developer toolkit, making it easier for facility managers, energy managers, and plant personnel to manage energy usage in their facilities using the hardware, interfaces, protocols, and databases they know and prefer.

The OptoEMU Sensor energy monitoring appliance connects to utility meters, plant equipment, and facility systems to gather real-time facility and equipment energy usage data. The sensor’s already broad communication capabilities have expanded to include support for Modbus/TCP, a standard, Ethernet-based industrial communications protocol. This enhancement allows the sensor to perform in any Ethernet-based Modbus architecture-without need for translators, software development, or other middleware.

The OptoEMU Sensor also now includes OPC connectivity and can communicate with any OPC client. For example, plant managers and industrial automation personnel can connect to and visualize their energy data using SCADA and HMI software packages like Wonderware’s InTouch, Intellution’s iFix, ICONICS’ Genesis and other OPC-aware clients.

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The OptoEMU Sensor also offers easier Integration with Opto 22’s SNAP PAC System for industrial control, including the ability to visualize real-time energy data with the free PAC Display human machine interface (HMI) software package. Sensor data can also be integrated into any PAC Control program for complete facility energy management.

Developers who wish to build their own applications for visualizing data from the Sensor can use a new, free Microsoft .NET toolkit to do so. The Sensor communicates using OptoMMP, an open, Opto 22-developed protocol wrapped into a managed code library that offers programmers a way to add energy data to new and existing applications.

Additionally, information technology (IT) departments can use Opto 22’s OptoDataLink software to post their energy data directly into Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, MySQL, and other databases. This new option complements the OptoEMU Sensor’s ability to deliver energy data to Web-based applications like Google PowerMeter and Pulse Energy’s Pulse, and provides yet another way to aggregate data in a central repository where it can quickly understand energy usage, pinpoint problems, and reduce costs.

The OptoEMU Sensor is available at a list price of $1295. All new communication and interface options are in OptoEMU Sensors that are shipping now. Existing OptoEMU Sensor customers can get these new options at no additional cost by downloading the OptoEMU update file from the Opto 22 website.

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