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feature | digital transformation

Conventional Data Management
PC workstation
or server

Controller

Wire
sensor to
temperature
input

Sensor

Install and
configure input
module

Write code to
get data
Write code
to log data

Log data

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Configure
firewall

Store data in
the cloud or on
premises

In conventional systems, connecting even one sensor to the cloud typically involves installing
and programming PLCs, PCs, and networking elements. All figures courtesy of Opto 22

equipment, often other intermediate gateway devices are needed.
Even for the most basic case, in which a single sensor or electrical contact must be monitored, users must typically design, install,
program, and integrate a PLC. If existing controllers and gateways
are available, these require consolidation through a PC-based system
and then careful network configuration to get data out to the cloud.
Once installed, this type of complex configuration often proves

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Write code
sending to
database

unreliable and difficult to maintain. All intermediate steps represent
potential points of failure. Software upgrades or network changes
anywhere along the way can disrupt operation.

MAKING IT SIMPLE
Given this complexity, many users are searching for a plug-and-play
solution, a simpler way to monitor their operating assets and com-

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