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Modern Wastewater: Waterford DPW

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Feb 1, 2021 11:22:49 AM

One community makes the leap into MQTT-based utility management

Formally organized in 1834, Waterford Township is located geographically in the center of Oakland County, Michigan, USA, and is home to over 72,000 residents. It is known regionally for its 34 lakes, from which it earns its name.

In the public utilities industry, however, Waterford is known for its leadership and persistent innovation in water/wastewater management. The Department of Public Works has been featured previously in an Opto 22 case study, and a generation later, DPW is working on another landmark project.

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Topics: Case studies, Water & wastewater, MQTT, groov EPIC, Ignition, digital transformation

On-demand Webinar: Introduction to MQTT Sparkplug with HiveMQ & Opto 22

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 29, 2021 10:13:24 AM

Couldn't get into our HiveMQ webinar? You can still try out the live demo for yourself! Just follow along with this recording.

Integrating and sharing data between different systems and services is a key challenge to IIoT applications. Many IIoT architectures become a complex set of integration "spaghetti," as  Dominik Obermaier, CTO and co-founder of HiveMQ, explains. Even with MQTT as the hub of an IIoT system, true interoperability can be difficult to achieve.

We are always looking for ways to help you solve that challenge and build your own robust IIoT systems, so we teamed up with HiveMQ to present an Introduction to MQTT Sparkplug - Plug 'n Play Interoperability for IIoT.

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, Sparkplug, groov RIO

New OptoPartner Video - Meet Martin CSI

Posted by Arun Sinha on Jan 12, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Martin Control Systems Inc. helps customers with common challenges

In our latest OptoPartner video, Nate Kay, Sr. Project Engineer with Martin CSI says the most common challenges faced by customers are tight schedules, plant shutdowns, budgets and working on legacy equipment. While Martin CSI offers standard control engineering services, they also have specialty areas including safety, machine vision and data collection.

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Topics: Data acquisition, MQTT, Ignition Edge, Ignition, system integrator, digital transformation, OptoPartner video

New white paper: Industrial-strength MQTT/Sparkplug B

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 23, 2020 1:03:27 PM

Building industrial MQTT networks at scale with edge computing.

We promised that 2020 would be a big year for MQTT at Opto 22, and with the launch of groov RIO, we've renewed our commitment to this transformative communication standard. But, in spite of its popularity—already used in everything from mobile chat to smart energy management—and the advantages it provides for IIoT, there are significant challenges to bringing MQTT into an industrial environment. In this new white paper, we show you how (and why) to make it happen.

DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER

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Topics: MQTT, Sparkplug, white paper, cybersecurity

New year, new options for MQTT

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 23, 2020 12:58:03 PM

Join HiveMQ and Opto 22 for an introduction to MQTT Sparkplug: Plug 'n Play Interoperability for IIoT.

You might recognize HiveMQ as one of the world's leading educators on MQTT. The enterprise-class HiveMQ MQTT broker has been helping companies like BMW, Daimler, Moen, and Acer connect devices to the Internet securely and scalably since 2012. It has made them one of the fastest growing companies in Germany. Opto 22 recently partnered with HiveMQ to demonstrate the power of MQTT/Sparkplug B on products like groov RIO for an upcoming webinar.

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Topics: MQTT, groov RIO, webinar

Webinar: Innovative solutions with MQTT and Ignition 8

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 7, 2020 2:58:26 PM

Join Cirrus Link Solutions and Opto 22 for a new webinar highlighting advanced features of MQTT and Ignition 8.

You'll want to add this important webinar to your December events schedule. Arlen Nipper, co-inventor of MQTT and CTO of Cirrus Link Solutions, will once again be hosting an informative virtual event showcasing the latest features of MQTT and Ignition 8 software (the latest release from Inductive Automation). Opto 22's Benson Hougland will also be hosting and providing live product demonstrations of this new technology.

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, MQTT, groov EPIC, Ignition

Get ready for groov RIO 3.0

Posted by Ben Orchard on Dec 1, 2020 8:03:11 AM

Hot on the heels of our recent groov EPIC 3.0 firmware release comes our groov RIO 3.0.1 firmware update.

There are at least 5 exciting additions in this RIO 3.0.1 package, but who's counting?

TL;DR: If you can't wait to get started, here’s the groov RIO Firmware download page to get your firmware update:
https://www.opto22.com/support/resources-tools/downloads/groov-rio-firmware

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Topics: Firmware, PID loop control, Node-RED, MQTT, secure shell, groov RIO, LDAP

Your MQTT questions answered

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 23, 2020 8:31:41 AM

New resource page gives you one place to find everything you need to know about getting started with MQTT.

You might have heard MQTT mentioned in a previous OptoBlog series, or have seen it included in our groov EPIC and groov RIO product features, and perhaps you've watched a few videos about it in the Opto Video Library. But, do you still have questions? You're not alone. Engineers and automation professionals want to be educated on this popular IoT protocol, and we're here to help.

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO

Your guide to networking groov products

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 9, 2020 11:12:41 AM

Updated technical guide provides instructions for setting up communications between your Opto 22 groov products and your systems and equipment.

Are you using one or more of Opto 22's groov products? Our documentation team has just updated the "Guide to Networking groov Products" to help you securely monitor, control, and move data between your automation equipment and computer networks, including the internet. 

Networking can be a complex subject, and connecting both operation technology (OT) and information technology (IT) can bring up some security concerns. We're here to simplify that process.

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Topics: groov, Networking, Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov server for windows, groov EPIC, groov RIO

groov EPIC firmware 3.0 is ready

Posted by Ben Orchard on Nov 4, 2020 8:46:14 AM

Get an overview of exciting new features just added to groov EPIC and see why you'll want to update. (Hint: LDAP)

Everyone here at Opto 22 is very excited to announce the groov EPIC firmware 3.0 release. In fact, there is so much cool stuff in this release, I am a little lost knowing in what order to list them, so let's just jump right in and see what's in store…

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Topics: Updates, Firmware, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov Manage, Ignition, LDAP

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