New DataHub Videos Simplify OPC Integration
Newcomers to OPC can quickly develop the skills needed
to build new systems or integrate OPC data into existing ones,
while experts learn how to take OPC to the next level.
Georgetown, Ontario (July 30, 2008) A new series of videos from Cogent Real-Time
Systems teaches through animated demonstration how to get up
and running on a live data integration project using the OPC
protocol. Featuring the highly acclaimed OPC DataHub
technology, the videos break down the complex challenge of
developing an integrated OPC-based data communication project
into a group of easy to understand modules.
In a few minutes the user is led through the fundamental
steps of connecting to an OPC server, and can then immediately
move to more advanced topics such as bridging data from
different sources, tunnelling a connection across a network to
avoid the frustrations of DCOM, and logging data to a database.
These and other skills, such as connecting to Excel, displaying
OPC data in a web browser, and sending custom email messages
with current data are all covered in compact lesson modules of 5
to 7 minutes.
"These videos highlight the ease of use of the OPC
DataHub," said Andrew Thomas, President of Cogent. "In just an
hour or two an engineer or system integrator can gain the skills
necessary to undertake a relatively sophisticated
Participants can choose the topics that suit their needs,
and stop or repeat the lesson as often as necessary. Each user
action is carefully explained through clear instructions and
animated demonstrations. The software shown in the videos is
the same OPC DataHub that is available for free download, so
participants can immediately put their new skills into
The OPC DataHub gives quick, reliable, and secure access
to valuable information direct from the factory floor. 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, web page, or custom program. It provides
OPC tunnelling, bridging, and aggregation, and has a free API to
support virtually any type of data connectivity.
The DataHub Videos are a set of modular lessons available
online for self-paced learning of the basic functionality of the
OPC DataHub. Because the OPC DataHub is a single tool that can
be applied to practically any live OPC data integration project,
users who complete these lessons are able to apply it to solve
many of the common tasks of real-time data integration.
Founded in 1995, Cogent Real-Time Systems is
the leader in real-time cross-platform data integration between
Windows, Linux and QNX. Customers include the Bank of Canada, Cadbury
Chocolate and the European Space Agency. Cogent leverages its
experience in real-time data communications to provide the next
generation of OPC products.