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  1. Support PI tag renaming

    Tags created by a PI Connector can be renamed, but these renamed points can be "forgotten" if the Connector's point cache is lost. Updating the Tag Mapping configuration file can avoid this cache loss, but I would like to be able to rename Connector tags without updating this configuration file.

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    11 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    PLANNED  ·  Chris Coen responded

    For anyone attending PI World 2018 in SF (April 23-27), we will be privately showing a prototype to a few customers to solicit feedback on the feature set. Please feel free to contact me if interested.

  2. Monitoring Connector health

    Support for health tags (similar to UniInt health tags), Windows performance counters, or any other way to bring Connector status and health information into PI tags to put them side-by-side with Interface health monitoring.

    59 votes
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  3. Develop an interactive INI editor for the UFL Connector

    The editor should allow you to see in real time how it interacts with the data. Being able to test the INI file prior to loading some file would make it much more manageable to read a variety of data format and insure that it has the expected behavior before starting the connector and having to use a trial and error approach. A good example of this is what Microsoft does with PowerQuery in PowerBI. This would allow troubleshooting UFL issues much more easily and allow more people to use the connector without having to spend a serious amount of…

    49 votes
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    RESEARCHING / EVALUATING  ·  2 comments  ·  UFL  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Real Time Snapshot Support

    PI System Connector:  Need real time snapshot data support for the PI System connector.

    39 votes
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    4 comments  ·  PI System Connector  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. PI Connector for OPC UA Relay Support

    As a PI Admin relays allow for improved security of process-network-to-DMZ communication.  This will greatly aide in the PI Connector for OPC UA's deployment in production systems.

    29 votes
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    2 comments  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Make a PI Connector for RDBMS

    The PI Interface for RDBMS is one of the most used PI Interfaces. Unfortunately, the fact that it is a PI Interface makes it unnecessarily difficult to use, and turning it into a PI Connector can help alleviate this. No more Location codes, squishy PI ICU, distributor tags, SQL file in the InstrumentTag, strange notations in the ExDesc, etc.

    27 votes
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    5 comments  ·  New PI Connector request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. OPC UA: allow historical data access

    allow historical data access with custom time ranges, like OPC HDA

    24 votes
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    1 comment  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have a feature in the upcoming 1.2 release of the connector that will allow you to collect data from OPC UA tags that do not have current values but do have history. We would poll these every 60 seconds (default) to find new data.

    Was that part of this request in any way? Can you describe in more detail what you would like as a feature that prompted you to vote for this time?

  8. Ability to change which PI tag the PI Connector for OPC UA writes to without having recreate new PI tags

    Currently, once PI tags are created by the PI Connector for OPC UA the connector uses the point ID for its mapping from the OPC UA server to the PI tags. Thus, if a configuration change occurs on your OPC UA server (i.e. NodeIDs change) the only way to map the newly named (with no change in the data stream) NodeID to a PI tag is to create a new PI tag instead of simply changing the configuration on a PI tag. As a PI system administrator, I want the ability to change a PI tag attribute (i.e. Extended Descriptor)…

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  9. Get EngUnits from OPC UA connections

    Get EngUnits from OPC UA connections and use with Element Attributes and/or templates

    22 votes
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    2 comments  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    PLANNED  ·  Chris Coen responded

    The units of measure will be stored in both the AF attribute and the EngUnits attribute of the PI Point.

  10. PI Connector for IEC 60870-5-104 bi-directional between SCADA and PI

    RWE Power AG

    “But one really important feature we need, is the ability to write back from PI into the SCADA system
    Until now, we couldn’t find anything about this (important) functionality.
    So our question is if we can use this connector bi-directional?
    And if not, is this already in the roadmap for this connector?”

    20 votes
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    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Can you share with us any info about your use case for sending data back to the SCADA system? For example, what is the purpose of that data? How many tags and how often will you send?

  11. Apply the Connector Relay to IEC 60870-5-104 Connector

    Adding the Relay and the DCM framework to the "legacy"IEC 104 Connector in order to improve the architecture management and security

    18 votes
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  12. Support Alarms and Conditions

    Support for Alarms & Conditions.  This data type would be good candiate for storing into Event Frames.  Tell us more about your use case in the comments, which source system you have that support A&C, and how you would select which A&C to collect/not collect.  How would you like Event Frames built and named?

    16 votes
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    3 comments  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Feature to turn off auto creation of PI Tags in PI Connector for UFL

    Ability to turn off auto creation of PI tags - When data is sent via REST to a PI Connector for UFL service ,currently it looks for a PI Tag in the PI Server and if the PI Tag does not exist it creates a new PI Tag. It would be good if we could turn off the feature if not required as in our case we have a naming convention for PI Tags and we create the tag names in advance so would not like to allow for the auto creation of PI Tags.

    15 votes
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    2 comments  ·  UFL  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I’m not sure why this would be needed. In the UFL connector you need to specify the name of the tag that you write to. And if that tag already exists, it will write to it. If that tag does not exist, then the connector would create that tag with your desired tag name. Why would you want the connector not to create that tag?

  14. Get Description from the OPC UA Server into the AF attribute

    Get Description from the OPC UA Server into the AF attribute

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    0 comments  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    PLANNED  ·  Chris Coen responded

    The description will be stored in both the AF attribute’s description and the PI Point attribute Descriptor.

  15. Retrieve data even it's not changed on OPC server

    Currently Connector configured to rertieve event on change and not based on a scan class like interfaces.The Connector suscribes to the changes, and when a change comes in to the server, the data will be sent to PI connector. We need option to retrieve the data every certain minutes even data is the same and is not changed on OPC server.

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    15 votes
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    2 comments  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Connector (UFL) can read AF data structure

    Right now it is a limitation because of the current functionality / design.

    In the future it would be nice if:
    - the connector can read the existing AF structure
    - update the existing AF structure
    - create elements / EF / attributes under existing elements

    there was a case, while the customer wanted to create EF StoreEventFrame() under existing element, but it did not work.

    had to explain the limitation: we are not able to do it unless the element was not created by the UFL.

    also Event Frames StoreElement() needs to be used in conjunction with StoreEventFrame() and…

    15 votes
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  17. PI System Connector with mode to synch AF Analysis and Notifications Templates

    As an equipment specialist working centrally, I wish to deploy my AF Element Templates including Analysis and Notifications Templates to my remote sites so I have them managed from a central location. This also insures that remote sites are using the same calculations and KPIs.

    14 votes
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  18. UFL Timezone Conversion

    Supported timestamps are currently limited to Local or UTC timezones.

    Data sources may not be configurable to provide timestamps in supported formats.

    There currently exists no robust or simple way of converting between timezones using the UFL syntax or configuration.  Including custom daylight savings time logic in ini files for this is not a maintainable solution. DST rules change over time and vary from region to region.

    With the current limitations I am currently having to maintain more than 20 ini files with custom DST logic for our global operations.

    Including functionality to accommodate for the timezone formatting limitations of…

    14 votes
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  19. Allow sending data to the OPC UA Server

    Currently the Interface is supporting read only.
    Sending data is also required

    14 votes
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    3 comments  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. PI Connector for MQTT

    Create a PI Connector that supports the MQTT messaging protocol

    13 votes
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