19.4. Bridging

This option in the Properties Window opens the Bridging interface where you can set up data bridging. Bridging means connecting points from two different DataHub clients so that when one point changes, its value gets written to the bridged point. You can set up the bridge to be one-way in either direction, or bidirectional. In addition, you can transform the data as it passes through the DataHub, using linear transformations.

Bridge Activation

This setting enables and disables bridging globally for the whole OPC DataHub.

Ensure the box is checked to enable bridging. Uncheck the box to disable bridging.


This shows the total number of bridges that have been configured, and how many of them are currently active.

Configure Bridges

Click the Configure Bridges button to open the Bridge Configuration window:

The following sections give an overview of bridge configuration. For step-by-step instructions, please refer to Section 4.2, “Configuring Bridges”.

Point Selection

This is where you select the points to be bridged—a source point and a destination point.

You can click on the point you need, or enter the name in the data-entry box at the top of the column.

Storing Transformations

You can store transformations and retrieve them by name later on.

To save a transformation, click the Store... button and enter a name in the pop-up box. Once stored, the transformation will become available by name in the drop-down list.

To load a transformation, simply select its name from the list.


Specify the type of transformation by clicking Direct copy, Linear Transformation, or Linear Transformation.


Decide which direction you want the bridge to apply.

Select Forward to change the destination point when the source point changes, but not change the source when the destination changes. Select Inverse to change the source point if the destination point changes, but not vice-versa. Select both boxes for a bidirectional bridge, where either point changes whenever the other point changes.


Selecting the inverse direction will apply the inverse of the transformation, as explained below.

Click the Apply button to create and activate the bridge. The DataHub will create the bridge and update the bridged points immediately.

Point Display

Here you can see all the bridges that exist in the system, and the significant information about them.

If you click on a transformation, the source point, destination point, and transform information get displayed in their respective panels. Use the check box at the front of each bridge to activate or deactivate that particular bridge.