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  1. OPC UA: allow a host name override

    Allow a hostname override when connecting to the OPC UA endpoint.   We have some use cases where the URL returned by two independent OPC UA servers has the same name.  This prevents the Connector from connecting to the correct endpoint. Allow an IP address to be specified in the config, which would be used to connect instead of the URL hostname.

    9 votes
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  2. Allow the UFL Connector to performa a scan Immediately after startup

    On startup, the Connector currently waits for the configured scan frequency time to pass before doing its first scan. There are cases where a low scan frequency (e.g. once per day) is required. This results in an unnecessary delay before the Connector starts collecting data. Please all ow the option to perform a scan immediately after the Connector finishes its internal startup routine.

    4 votes
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  3. Add scan time offset option to UFL Connector

    Use case: The UFL Connector needs to read a huge data set from a REST Server which is updated once a day. The only way to control when the data fetch occurs is by starting the connector at the desired time. The Connector however currently waits for the configured scan frequency time to pass before doing its first scan after starting. Furthermore, the Connector/hosting server may be restarted throughout the day for various reasons (e.g. application of Windows patches) throwing the timing off and further adding another 24 hour delay.

    Scanning, processing and sending to PI the same data more…

    4 votes
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  4. PI Connector for MQTT

    Create a PI Connector that supports the MQTT messaging protocol

    21 votes
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  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.

    32 votes
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  6. Make the UFL Connector logic development/testing/debugging process less tedious

    Deploying a UFL Connector solution requires a LOT of edits of the INI file as part of the development/testing/debugging process. After each INI file change and file save, the required procedure is as follows:
    1. Click on the Data Source List link.
    2. Click on ‘See Configuration’.
    3. Click on the ‘Change’ button.
    4. Click on the ‘Browse…’ button.
    5. Double-click on the INI file.
    6. Scroll the page down until the ‘Save’ button is visible (I’m using a 1920 x 1080 monitor).
    7. Press the ‘Save’ button.
    8. Click on the ‘Overview’ link.
    9. Press the ‘Start connector’ button.

    3 votes
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  7. Merge Two Tags or Copy Tag Data to a New Point

    Sometimes, when dealing with APS, a new TAG is generated for an existing point. Data stops going to the old point. It would be nice if there was an easy way, within the gui (not manually dumping and importing) that we could take the values from one tag, and place it into the new tag.

    There are other times when we may want to copy all historical values from a tag, and place it into a new tag.

    2 votes
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  8. DeltaV Smart Connector Update to OPC UA

    The newest release of DeltaV has the capabilities of enabling an OPC UA server that could be used to transmit realtime date from DeltaV to the PI database. Right now, the interface between the two systems uses OPC DA. With DeltaV's plan to migrate to only using OPC UA, Is there a roadmap to update the smart connector such that it uses OPC UA for realtime data transmission? This could allow the OPC UA connector to be placed on the PI data server directly since it is much easier to setup OPC UA connections across physically separate machines (as opposed…

    2 votes
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  9. Setting of parameters k and w for IEC 60870-5-104

    Parameters k (Maximum number of outstanding I format APDUs) and w, cannot be adjusted, while vendors recommend customers to set it to k=12 and w=8

    6 votes
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  10. Connector for Oasis Site

    Customer would like to be able to pull data from Oasis site (http://oasis.caiso.com). This would allow the customer to have the most current price information coming from CAISO

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  11. Wonderware Connector - History Recovery

    Wonderware Connector has limited historical data recovery capabilities. It can cover a few days back in time but has not been designed to perform both realtime values and configurable history recovery period as both processes are synchronous.
    An old date is configurable but it would delay real time values capture which is counterproductive with the nature of the connector.
    It is not a reproach; that's just what it is.
    That's we figured out when implementig and assessing connector with an excellent support from OSISOFT engineers.

    Our connector implementation project came with the need of nearly a year of historical data…

    1 vote
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  12. 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.

    16 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?

  13. PI OPC UA Connector - point attribute based configuration

    We are just starting the first tests with PI OPC UA Interface. We notice that the classic method of tag configuration, known from the interface, is no longer possible. This is probably due to the connector concept.
    Unfortunately, this does not fit with our central approach of tag configuration. We urgently need a way to control the transfer of the data into the archive, as usual from the interfaces, via the point attributes.

    Since there is a tags-only mode - is there any hope that there will be an OPC connector mode so that the connector behaves more like an…

    1 vote
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  14. Real Time Snapshot Support

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

    47 votes
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  15. Enable or Disable single DataSource

    When a datasource is actually offline and we don't want the UFL connector to keep trying uploading or connecting to it and pollute the message log .

    The best option would be having the stop/start enable/disable and restart options for each datasource.

    6 votes
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  16. Create the ability to configure an update frequency of a connector subscribing to changes on an OPC UA Server

    In some cases an OPC UA Server can have tags that update several times per second.  Currently the OPC UA Connector would receive an update on every one of those changes.  This can create a heavy load on the network and OPC Server.  For this scenario it would be good to configure a minimum time that the connector waits before receiving a new update for a tag.

    5 votes
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  17. PI Connector Relay support write modes

    While writing data to PI through the connector relay there seems to be no option to control the write mode . E.g."[-109] Value at This Time Already Exists" is shown in the logs if the archive already contains an event with the same timestamp. The default update option can be "Replace" instead of NoReplace. Other write options can be made configurable.

    2 votes
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  18. Add the ability to select a subset of PI Points from a PI Data Archive

    The PI System Connector allows to include PI Point replication directly from the PI Data Archive even if they are not reference in the PI AF hierarchy with the "Include all PI points from this PI Data Archive" option.

    I would like to replicate only some PI Points that are not referenced, not all. This would remove the need to maintain both a PI to PI and a PI System Connector.

    I could create a bogus AF Database referencing those points but I would prefer not to.

    12 votes
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  19. Add instrumentation to the PI System Connector

    Need to add instrumentation to PI System Connector wheras exposing perfmon counters (so PI perfmon can store accordingly in PI tags) on AVG data flow in events/sec for a 120 seconds time period, status of the connector, etc

    3 votes
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  20. UFL / Generic file & web based interfaces interoperable with EDS & OCS

    Connectivity to “universal devices”; used for general purpose connectivity to many industrial devices and systems; capabilities include accessing REST Web services and parsing generic MQTT based messages.

    Interoperable with Edge Data Store (EDS) and OSIsoft Cloud Services (OCS).

    1 vote
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