Opto 22 released firmware update 1.4.1 for the groov EPIC Edge Programmable Industrial Controller, expanding its capabilities.

Engineers and developers will find new networking options and tools, plus new software choices for their automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.

For secure remote access to groov EPIC, the system now offers VPN (virtual private network) client technology to connect to an OpenVPN-based VPN server. This option is key to creating secure data communication architectures, particularly with geographically dispersed systems.

A case in point would be when an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) embedding groov EPIC in their machine design could benefit from establishing a remote connection to their equipment using industry-standard, IT-friendly VPN technology for diagnostics and predictive service. Likewise, a system integrator could use the VPN technology to provide continuing integration services after equipment is installed at a plant or location.

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Also with the new release, users can choose between Inductive Automation’s Ignition Edge or the full Ignition platform, whichever edition is better suited to their application. Choosing the full Ignition option allows groov EPIC to serve as an industrially hardened OPC-UA server to legacy PLCs — like Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Modbus, eliminating the need to purchase, configure, and deploy Windows-based computers to perform this function. This option can also significantly reduce the need for IT involvement in many cases.

New diagnostic and troubleshooting tools have also been added to groov EPIC for testing network connectivity, including ping, test TCP port, traceroute, and nslookup.

Version 1.4.1 is a free upgrade for all groov EPIC users. Current customers can log into manage.groov.com and download the file and update their EPICs.

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