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Browse, watch, and learn with Opto 22's new website video library

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 15, 2019 9:47:01 AM

Now easily find videos you want to see.

We think you'll like our redesigned Videos page on Opto22.com. We've learned you'd rather see our videos logically grouped together rather than search through a long list of titles.

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Topics: Videos, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC, automation 101

groov EPIC Security Series, Part 4: User Accounts

Posted by Ben Orchard on May 10, 2019 3:12:44 PM

In this blog post, let’s take a closer look at user accounts on the groov EPIC system, and how you can improve your system security by giving users and services fine-grained access to applications running on EPIC. In other words, make sure each person or service has only the access they really need and nothing more.

But before we get deep into user accounts, let’s first discuss user account credentials. Take a moment and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you use the same password for multiple accounts?
  • Do you use a mix of punctuation and capital letters in your passwords?
  • Do you use long phrases as your passwords?
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Topics: Security, groov View, groov EPIC, groov Manage, cybersecurity, EPIC Security, User Accounts

groov EPIC training coming to Morocco

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 30, 2019 10:42:36 AM

Join OptoPartner Optomation Systems for a groov EPIC seminar and training.

The groov EPIC system is gaining recognition world wide and now Optomation Systems is bringing 2 days of EPIC seminars to Tangier, Morocco.

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Topics: Training, IIoT, EPIC, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center

groov EPIC Security Series Part 3: Device originating communications, or how and why MQTT rocks

Posted by Ben Orchard on Apr 29, 2019 9:15:28 AM

The story goes that a valve manufacturer wanted to have their networked smart valves certified for use in a nuclear reactor plant. The smart valve could report all sorts of critical data points to a database system and also be controlled by that SCADA system in the plant. But to get it certified for use, the smart valve had to undergo a rigorous security audit by the information technology (IT) department at the plant.

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Topics: Security, MQTT, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, firewall, EPIC Security

EPIC w/o I/O? Sure!

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 26, 2019 1:33:06 PM

The groov EPIC system now includes a chassis option for applications that don't need (or want) I/O.

As we continue incorporating your feedback to improve and extend the groov EPIC system, we're pleased to announce the latest release of a new system chassis: GRV-EPIC-CHS0.

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Topics: IIoT, EPIC, groov EPIC

groov EPIC is the Engineers' Choice

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 19, 2019 9:20:25 AM

The 32nd annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shined a light on 26 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2018. Winners were voted on by the Control Engineering  magazine print and digital audience. As announced earlier this year, Opto 22's groov EPIC was the award winner in the Industrial Internet of Things connectivity category. 

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Topics: Awards and recognition, Security, EPIC, groov EPIC, white paper

groov EPIC Security Series, Part 2: What's a Firewall?

Posted by Ben Orchard on Apr 17, 2019 2:41:07 PM

Ever notice how emergency exits in a building open outward? Then, to keep the building secure, they are usually locked from the outside. You can get out easily enough, but you can’t get in that way.

However, on a building’s main front entrance, the door often swings in so you can enter. Typically, there is a security guard or perhaps a receptionist there to check your ID and keep an eye on the comings and goings.

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Topics: Security, groov View, groov EPIC, groov Manage, cybersecurity, firewall, EPIC Security

groov EPIC Security Series, Part 1: Dual Network Interfaces

Posted by Ben Orchard on Apr 9, 2019 8:45:46 AM

Trusted and untrusted: when it comes to people, it can be hard to know someone at first pass. You need some time to build a picture of the person.

When it comes to networking, it’s a little more cut and dried. You either know who’s on a network or you don’t.

Can it really be that simple? Is there really a way on a groov EPIC to keep those you don’t trust away from those you do?

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Topics: Security, EPIC, groov View, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, EPIC Security

Your MyOpto has a new look

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 29, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Recent website updates include a new design for your MyOpto account.

Have you logged in to the Opto 22 website recently? You might have noticed your MyOpto account has a new format and design. You can even upload a photo to personalize your account.

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Topics: optonews, groov EPIC

Announcing groov EPIC Premium Factory Training

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 25, 2019 3:57:45 PM

Opto 22 debuts its newly renovated classroom that offers hands-on, instructor-led training for the groov EPIC system.

Are you interested in getting more hands-on experience with the groov EPIC system? We are pleased to announce groov EPIC Premium Factory Training in our EPIC classroom at Opto 22 headquarters. 

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Topics: Training, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center

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