What is SCADA? What is IoT?

I recently went on a work trip with one of my new programmers. He peppered me with questions on the entire trip, which was great. During our days away we worked on changing IP addresses for a small network of IP based radios. We struggled HARD to get everything connected and working again with the […]

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SCADAPack Store and Forward

Little known fact: SCADAPacks can act as a Modbus Store and Forward hub when configured properly. Lesser known fact: SCADAPacks will also Store and Forward Enron Modbus, ROC Protocol, or basically any communications protocol where the first byte of the message is the address, has messages less than 240 bytes and uses Modbus CRC for […]

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Set ClearSCADA WebX Homepage

This has been puzzling me for a while… how do you set the WebX homepage? It is useful to put the user on a landing page other than the usual WebX logo page. I know I had done this in the past for other clients, but had since forgotten. Well no longer! To set the […]

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Being Cloud Ready

I just spent the last two days participating in an IoT and Data Analytics Hand-on-Lab at Microsoft Canada in Calgary. It was awesome to see what they are doing with their cloud product offering and how it can be used to enable business intelligence and possibility for new applications. Here is a screenshot of a […]

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MQTT – Is This the Protocol We’re Looking For?

The industrial automation world is just buzzing with internet of things (IoT) news and industrial internet of things (IIoT). SCADA software, polling drivers, field Ethernet to serial gateways and just about everyone else is taking advantage of the new buzzwords. One of the new primary protocols for IIoT devices is MQTT. Last month I attended the Well […]

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Its About Time

Time. It flies. It stands still. It is valuable. But time is awful. I dislike time. In particular time zones and the complexity surrounding how to handle time on SCADA systems. SCADA systems run on time. Daily records are recorded at contract hour. Alarms and Events are logged with time stamps. Should be easy right? Nope. Time […]

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