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New Cogent DataHub Expands on OPC

Cogent reintroduces its widely popular OPC DataHub as the Cogent DataHub, with new capabilities including trending, historian, redundancy and a web-based HMI.

Georgetown, Ontario (Jan 31, 2011) Cogent Real-Time Systems announces the release of Cogent DataHub Version 7, based on the well-known OPC DataHub and Cascade DataHub technologies. The Cogent DataHub includes several powerful new features such as a graphical trend display, a real-time historian, support for redundancy, and a web-based HMI for editing and displaying graphical interface screens from any location. This new functionality will strengthen the Cogent DataHub's position in industrial markets, while opening new opportunities for embedded applications and financial systems.

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"Engineers and system integrators now have a complete, integrated package for connecting and using their real-time data," said Andrew Thomas, President of Cogent Real-Time Systems. "The Cogent DataHub combines the data connectivity and integration power of the OPC DataHub with an all-new web interface, DataHub WebView, to give automation professionals what they need--quick, reliable, and useful access to their process data."

"This new version of the DataHub is a significant leap forward in technology," said John Weber, President of Software Toolbox, Cogent's Sales and Technical Partner for North America. "No other product provides so many capabilties for connecting, integrating and using data in such a robust, flexible manner."

The Cogent DataHub builds on the success of the OPC DataHub, which offers OPC tunnelling, bridging, and connectivity to databases, Excel, and the web. The new features of the Cogent DataHub include the ability to switch between redundant OPC servers, to store real-time histories of millions of data changes per second, and to display trend graphs of data points in real time. This new version also includes the first release of DataHub WebView.

DataHub WebView is a rich Internet application for designing and delivering high-quality, real-time displays. All page editing is done in a standard web browser, such as Internet Explorer, and page updates can be automatically published as soon as changes are saved. Page designers have access to standard controls, gauges, and 4,000 industry-standard symbols, which can be easily configured to recognize condition states and graphically notify operators of process status and anomalies. All controls feature powerful, "anything-to-anything" data binding.

"With DataHub WebView and the other new features, the Cogent DataHub is well-positioned to enter the embedded market," said Mr. Thomas. "Working with our technical partners, we have developed a way to make direct TCP connections from a variety of embedded operating systems to the Cogent DataHub. Now the data from a wide range of devices can now be logged to a database, manipulated in a spreadsheet, or displayed in a web browser."

The Cogent DataHub provides quick, reliable, and secure access to valuable information direct from industrial processes or embedded systems. It is an integrated tool that can present live process data directly on an engineer's or manager's desk in a form most suitable: database, spreadsheet, or web page. It supports data networking, historical archiving, and redundancy, and has a built-in scripting language and free API to meet virtually any requirement for real-time data connectivity.

Founded in 1995, Cogent Real-Time Systems provides versatile and reliable middleware products to enable real-time data integration and access for industrial, embedded, and financial systems. Customers include Siemens, ABB, Honeywell, IBM, GE, Statoil, Goodyear, BASF, Cadbury Chocolate, and the Bank of Canada.

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