OPC Client for EcoStruxure Building Operation

View and modify values from any OPC DA/UA Server

The OPC client for EcoStruxure Building Operation software allows Schneider Electric’s customers who are using the EcoStruxure Building Operation system (EBO) to easily view (and modify) data from 3rd party OPC systems. Both OPC DA and OPC UA are supported. For example: Other BMS systems, SCADA systems and PLCs.

Multiple OPC servers are supported.

Scalability and availability

The number of the OPC items you can share with your EBO system is virtually unlimited. The only limit is the amount of memory (RAM) in your computer.

The OPC client for EcoStruxure Building Operation will automatically try to reconnect with a disconnected OPC server once a minute until a successful connection. When the OPC server is reconnected, the items’ quality will be changed from Bad to Good.

Features

The OPC client for EcoStruxure Building Operation allows customers to connect with any 3rd party OPC server (DA and UA) and display OPC item values in their EBO system.

For any new development, given the choice, OPC UA should be used. The only reason to use OPC DA now is if you are connecting to a legacy product that only supports OPC DA and cannot be replaced or upgraded.

 

When the OPC client for EcoStruxure Building Operation detects that an OPC server is disconnected, it will mark all EWS server's items' quality as Uncertain or Offline, so that the EBO user will notice the disconnection.

The OPC client for EcoStruxure Building Operation will automatically try to reconnect with the OPC server once a minute until a successful connection. When the problem is resolved, the items’ quality will be changed to Good.

The OPC client for EcoStruxure Building Operation Configuration program can be used to browse for OPC servers (local and remote).

The OPC client for EcoStruxure Building Operation Configuration program can be used to browse for OPC DA and UA items. This lets you choose the items that will be displayed in the EBO.

The number of the OPC items you can share with your EBO system is virtually unlimited. The only limit is the amount of memory (RAM) in your computer.

OPC DA is based on the Microsoft's DCOM and had some significant limitations inherent to that technology. To get away from the limitations of DCOM, the OPC Foundation developed, and released, a new version of the OPC protocol called OPC UA.

Thanks to its new properties and well-designed architecture, the OPC UA protocol is rapidly gaining popularity among automation system vendors. OPC UA gateways are installed by a growing number of industrial enterprises across the globe.
The protocol is increasingly used to set up communication between components of industrial internet of things and smart city systems.

The security of technologies that are used by many automation system developers and have the potential to become ubiquitous among industrial facilities across the globe is one the highest-priority areas of research for Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT. This was our main reason to do an analysis of OPC UA.

The OPC client for EcoStruxure Building Operation supports standard OPC UA security by using certificates. Without a certificate the OPC client for EcoStruxure Building Operation will not be able to connect with the OPC UA servers.

System requirements

  • Microsoft Windows® 2012/2016/2019 Server, Windows® 10 64 bit
  • Microsoft .NET version 4.5 framework
  • Microsoft SQL Server or SQL Server Express version (required for the SmartConnector)
  • Schneider Electric SmartConnector version 2.4.17 or higher
  • Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Building Operation (EBO) workstation version 1.9 or higher
  • Physical or Virtual server