Beckhoff announces TwinCAT IoT Communicator

  • September 06, 2018
  • Beckhoff Automation
Beckhoff announces TwinCAT IoT Communicator
Beckhoff announces TwinCAT IoT Communicator

September 6, 2018 – Beckhoff’s TwinCAT IoT Communicator is designed to help PLCs to communicate with mobile devices by connecting the PC-based TwinCAT controller directly and securely to a messaging service through TLS encryption. For smartphone and tablet users, the associated IoT Communicator App from Beckhoff ensures that process data can be represented on all mobile devices in a clear overview. Alarms are sent to the device as push messages.

The TwinCAT 3 IoT Communicator exchanges data using a publish/subscribe mechanism. Information is exchanged via a message broker that uses the standardized MQTT protocol and acts as a central messaging service in a cloud or local network. Communication security is guaranteed by proven TLS encryption (up to version 1.2).

Transmitted process data can be displayed on mobile devices using the IoT Communicator App, which is available for both Android and iOS operating systems. The IoT Communicator App also incorporates an integrated QR code scanner to facilitate entry of access data for communication between the broker and individual users.

The TwinCAT IoT Communicator enables the transmission of push messages in industrial applications. It visualizes live data, variables and status values. This makes the IoT Communicator an addition to the related TwinCAT IoT and TwinCAT Analytics software products.  

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