OptoNews: IIoT tool Node-RED included in new groov Admin release

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 26, 2016 3:11:05 PM

groov Box with Node-RED for IIoT projectsJust released! A major new tool for your Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) project: the groov Box with Node-RED built in.

What is Node-RED?

It's an open-source, cross-platform tool for wiring together hardware devices, databases, cloud services, and APIs (application program interfaces) with simple logic flows.

It's a fast-track way to start achieving your IIoT goals with little or no programming. Or if you're not quite ready for the IIoT, Node-RED makes it simple to share data with databases or other software applications.

Node-RED offers hundreds of free, pre-built nodes from hardware manufacturers and software developers. Just a few: MySQL databases, online weather services, and Opto 22 SNAP PAC controllers.

Why is it in the groov Box?

Node-RED in the groov Box means you now have an industrially hardened platform to run your Node-RED flows on, plus you'll save the time and effort normally required to install and configure Node-RED on a computer or embedded device. All you have to do is securely log in and start building a flow. Steps for getting started are in Chapter 4 of the groov Box User's Guide for GROOV-AR1.

Add that convenience to the super-easy way groov lets you create and use mobile operator interfaces to virtually any system or equipment, and you've gone a long way toward 21st Century monitoring and control.  

Of course the two Opto 22 SNAP PAC Node-RED nodes are included. Thanks to the new RESTful API in SNAP PAC programmable automation controllers, these nodes provide access to I/O point and variable data in SNAP PACs.

We've also included our web-based Node-RED Admin utility, which provides secure, authenticated access to your Node-RED flows, backup and restoration, a resources dashboard, and a way to administer security certificates for your SNAP PAC controllers.

How do I get it?

If you already have a GROOV-AR1 groov Box appliance with a current license, just log into manage.groov.com and download and install the new groov Admin R1.570.45. Node-RED is included in the new release. 

Note that Node-RED is available only for the GROOV-AR1, not for the older GROOV-AT1 box and not for groov Server for Windows. (If you have groov Server, you can get Node-RED from nodered.org and run it on your Windows PC.)

If you don't have a groov Box yet, take a look at its specs and capabilities

See the groov Box with Node-RED

Topics: groov, Internet of Things, Updates, IoT, optonews, PACs, mobile, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2016-10-26, Node-RED

Written by Jean Femia

Jean Femia writes about technical subjects and has focused on automation and control systems for more than 15 years. She likes learning about technology and taking corners in her Honda S2000.
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