Software Toolbox Enhances TOP Server Connectivity Software

  • October 29, 2010
  • Software Toolbox Inc.
Software Toolbox Enhances TOP Server Connectivity Software
Software Toolbox Enhances TOP Server Connectivity Software

October 29, 2010 – Software Toolbox released TOP Server Version 5.4, its OPC and native HMI device connectivity software application. Top Server 5.4 delivers enhancements to more than 30 drivers and plug-ins.The 5.4 release includes the addition of Phase 1 support for the Water Industry Telemetry Standard (WITS) initiative in the DNP 3.0 Master Ethernet and serial drivers, which includes several new WITS-specific data object groups. The WITS initiative also enhances DNP security through use of authentication as well as providing the ability to manage device assets and attributes.The DNP drivers are available in the TOP Server DNP Suite and the TOP Server Power & Utilities Suite. The TOP Server Power & Utilities Suite offers users in these markets a single competitively priced solution containing drivers for Modbus, DNP and user-configurable custom protocols.TOP Server 5.4 also continues providing the most up-to-date OPC technology by adding a new beta OPC Xi interface for the widest range of client connectivity options, ensuring that TOP Server is ready as vendors add OPC Xi client connectivity to their software.The SNMP driver also has been enhanced and includes a new MIB parser that provides greater performance and reliability during import of SNMP MIB files for tag creation. The Omron Suite has been updated with additional model support for its Ethernet and serial drivers.The OPC DA Client and OPC UA Client drivers have been combined to form the TOP Server OPC Client Suite, giving customers one convenient solution for delivering other OPC Server data to client applications using TOP Server native interfaces such as Wonderware SuiteLink. The OPC Client Suite also provides OPC DA data to OPC UA clients and OPC UA data to OPC DA clients for a wide range of data access flexibility. Additional improvements in TOP Server Version 5.4 include:

  • OPC UA Interface ‚Äì Fixes and enhancements including the ability to import client security certificates.
  • BACnet IP Driver ‚Äì Numerous enhancements including addition of support for ISO 10646 and ISO 8859 character sets and object properties meeting BACnet-2008 specification.
  • Other Driver Updates ‚Äì Expanded functionality and improvements made to the Beckhoff, Contrex Serial, AB DF1 Serial, GE Fanuc Suite, Honeywell UDC Serial, Mitsubishi Suite, Modbus Suite, ODBC, UCON, and Yokogawa drivers.
TOP Server 5.4 is now available for download or as an upgrade for users on active support and maintenance contracts at“The utilities industry created the DNP 3.0 protocol to help address myriad challenges associated with reliable data collection from remote locations over differing networks of varied speed, capacity and dependability,” said Kevin Rutherford, senior applications engineer at Software Toolbox. “By adopting the new WITS initiative and incorporating its specific objects and attributes into TOP Server DNP 3.0 Master drivers, the software can best support the water industry by providing added security and available data sets for the greatest success in data access from remote sites.”About Software ToolboxSince 1996, Software Toolbox has been an industry source for industrial automation software, from project conception to completion. The company has served more than 10,000 clients in 110 countries helping them find, evaluate, purchase and support automation software solutions. These solutions include OPC servers, clients, development toolkits, HMI/SCADA add-ins/enhancements, and ActiveX and .NET development tools for Visual Studio C#/VB/C++. Software Toolbox works with its clients in all phases of projects to help them find and determine the right tools to use and to support overall project objectives and maximize their industrial software results.

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