2 Replies Latest reply on May 25, 2012 3:38 PM by Halenger

    vCampus PI Server

    Halenger

      I know with the vCampus PI server, the PItoPI interface is the means to acquire data.  I don't think this is currently available, but I was wondering if we as members can purchase a tag or group of tags for our own PI System (OPC?).

       

      The reason I ask is I have a Nest thermostat for my house which allows me to control the heat/AC of my house wirelessly (iphone). It got me thinking that it would be a nice project to track the temperature into my personal PI System.  Though I'm not a developer, I'd like to experiment on doing something fun and interesting like recording my house temp(s) or amperage(s) of circuit panel legs.  I'm a systems integrator that works more with programming PLC's but have been really wanting to learn more about developing.  Though it's great having customer data, it'd be nice having MY data that I can analyze and report....  I don't know if I'm just not getting something, but thought I ask the community what you as a developer would do to talk to a PLC (Allen Bradley) to your own vCampus PI System (assuming if this is allowed... if not, could it be discussed why)?

        • Re: vCampus PI Server
          MvanderVeeken

          Is OPC the preferred method to communicate with the AB PLC ? Do you have access to the OPC Foundation software? There are some nice .NET libraries that you can play around with to get OPC communication going. It will also allow you for some nice development experience

            • Re: vCampus PI Server
              Halenger

              Hi Michael,

               

              I was thinking of using OPC as it's something I have dealt with (integrating with not developing against).  Thanks for the suggestion to check out OPC Foundation, I didn't even think about that...

               

              I'll check it out and post some more questions... I'm SURE I will have more