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VNODE

THE COMMUNICATION PLATFORM FOR
THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS

vNode IoT Gateway help industry professionals with their connectivity needs, collect data from any industrial device and send it to any cloud system.


Nowadays, fast development of industrial connectivity is opening new opportunities. This growth allows business applications to have access to operational data from the industrial plant floor.


However, it is not always easy or affordable to integrate an industrial data acquisition and take it to the company’s business level. Unstable networks, unreliability of acquired data, security gaps or the high implementation costs, frequently put the brake on the industrial evolution.


vNode is an industrial software platform that brings together the best of OT (Operations Technologies) and IT (Information Technologies) worlds to provide an out-of-the-box solution for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

SCALABILITY

Web technology
Modular software
Multiplatform
Object oriented

SECURITY

Encryption
Digital Certificates
Firewall Friendly

RELIABILITY

Store & Forward built-in
Compression algorithms
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Low cost hardware
ARM / Intel / AMD processors
Minimum 512 MB RAM

RELIABILITY

vNode guaranties the reliability of the data transmission, even in the worst scenarios such as low bandwidth, high latency and unstable networks thanks to the following mechanisms:

 

  • Store & Forward: The vNode platform itself incorporates Store & Forward functionality for automatic real time and historical data recovery after a communication outage.

 

  • Compression: vNode always ensures a low bandwidth consumption thanks to its data compression algorithms.

SECURITY

vNode incorporates the most powerful built-in standard security mechanisms for the Industrial Cybersecurity. Main
features are:

 

  • Data encryption: All of the communications are encrypted using SSL cryptographic protocols.

 

  • Authentication: vNode authentications based on digital certificates.

 

  • Firewall friendly: No open ports are required in the remote site.

INTEGRATION

IIoT out-of-the-box: Most common IIoT solutions in the market are SDKs, which means huge amounts of hours of programming tasks. vNode is out-of-the-box: just install it and it is ready to run.

 

  • Object oriented configuration: Save lots of configuration hours by focusing on device and tag templates through vNode’s web user interface.

 

  • Scalability: vNode has been developed to run from small local systems to large distributed architectures guarantying the most robust connectivity.

DATA ACQUISITION

vNode has built-in connectivity drivers for standard industrial communication protocols. In addition, the partnership with MatrikonOPC allows vNode to get data from almost any device.


These are some of the most used Modules:

OPC UA & OPC DA
Using these technologies, is easy to read from any device such as PLCs, DCSs, power meters, RTUs and any electronic device containing data.


REST API
vNode includes a REST API Client able to connect to any Rest API Server embedded in a Webpage or application and collect data.


Siemens S7 PLCs
The Siemens Client in vNode allos to connect to multiple Siemens PCLs S7 200, 300, 400, 1200 and 1500 series and read any memory position in the program.


MQTT
The MQTT Module allows vNode to read or write data to any MQTT Broker.


Custom Data Files
vNode can read csv or txt data files containing real time data or historical data. vNode will parse the content and collect the lines one by one using the original timestamp.


Modbus
Modbus is the most used technology to collect data. Both TCP and RTU, vNode can connect to multiple Modbus Slaves simultaneously.


Custom Client
This module allows the user to design his own protocol. Very useful to read Analog and Digital Inputs, or connect to custom devices.

DATA DELIVERY

OPC UA
As all the industrial applications allow data acquisition through the OPC UA technology, vNode incorporates the OPC UA module which is able to serve all the collected data through this standard technology.


Open API
The RESTful Application Programming Interface is used for sharing data between applications over secure HTTP connections, which is essential for IIoT applications. vNode is ready for exchanging data through REST, both for sending data to client applications and for delivering tasks from applications to devices.


SQL Databases
The most used tools to get the best of data are the relational databases. With them, applications are built to allow the company to make right decisions. With vNode, you can store plant floor data to the most common SQL databases, and the decision-making process gets easier and faster.


NoSQL Databases
NoSQL databases, like MongoDB, are being used more and more in IIoT applications. Organizations of all sizes are using this kind of databases because of their high speed and big data storage capabilities. vNode connects and communicates seamlessly with MongoDB.


Custom Data Files
vNode can move data from plant floor to all kind of applications using csv, xml or txt type files containing historical data.


MQTT
Using this technology, vNode interacts with any MQTT Broker both as Publisher and Subscriber. vNode includes AWS and Azure’s payload profiles for easy deliver data
to these popular Clouds.

READY TO RUN IN ANY INDUSTRY

USE CASES

The following architectures are some use cases scenarios where vNode is used in real projects:

BASIC ARCHITECTURES

1)  Standalone vNode collecting data from the local network and serving data to applications in the local network. vNode works as a data concentrator.

2)  Linked Nodes between different networks. vNode can be configured to open the connection from the distributed Plant vNodes to the central IT vNode. Therefore there are no open ports at the Plant Firewalls.

3)  Linked Nodes between different networks. through a secure DMZ Node can be configured to open the connection from the distributed Plant vNodes and from the central IT vNode to the DMZ vNode. Therefore there are no open ports in any Firewall.

4)  Remote vNodes running in aisolated locations. Each vNode is collecting local data and sending it straight to the Cloud.

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