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  1. Add failover capability for the BACnet Connector.

    Failover similar to the UFO available for UNIint interfaces.  Warm failover would be sufficient, although I'm sure there are some who would like cold and hot as well.

    10 votes
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    1 comment  ·  BACnet  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Synchronize behavior between PI Connector for Cygnet and Cygnet enumeration value representation

    The values stored in the “Table Entry” column in Cygnet TRS should match the “State” column in the PI Server Digital states table. This way end users are not confused why the trends in PI do not match the trends in Cygnet.

    9 votes
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  3. 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

    9 votes
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  4. Allow the AF root element name to be configurable

    The root element in AF is determined by the Connector code.  Allow the name of the root element to be specified by the user.

    9 votes
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  5. Support user-defined data types in the PI Connector for EtherNet/IP

    As an advanced user, I would like to be able to specify a user-defined data type for the array sent to the PI Connector for EtherNet/IP.  For example, if I have a 32-bit array composed of one INT and two SINTs, I would like to be able to configure the connector to parse this array correctly. Currently the data type specification of the array is limited to one data type (DINT, INT, FLOAT, or SINT).

    9 votes
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  6. PI Connector for Apache Kafka / Confluent

    Dear Connector Experts,

    for our Enterprise data integration project we have the need to use Apache Kafka / Confluent as the "data highway".

    This requires to send data to PI DA/AF from Kafka and also to read from PI DA/AF back into Kafka.
    I know that there are Integrators to actually read, but I also need the write-into-PI-option.

    Any comment on this if you have any plans on this would be great.
    The following data types are in focus for us for this:
    - Process Data (time series data) of Sensors / Actuators
    - Batch Data (Event Frames)
    - AF…

    8 votes
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  7. Exclude Bad values from data collection in PI Connectors

    PI connectors such as OPC UA, Wonderware and Cygnet send BAD values from the data source. We would like the option to filter these values out at the connector level such that they do not make the PI Data Archive.

    8 votes
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  8. PI System Connector: Add flexibility on which objects to synchronize

    As an architect, I have to model AF structures at a central location, and push them to distributed assets.
    I would like the ability to design my AF structure centrally, then replicate it to my distributed assets (e.g ships). Example features that are needed:
    - Ability to include Analyses, Notification Rules, and their templates in the synchronization
    - Ability to not copy the data from source to destination

    8 votes
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  9. Collect units of measure and description from Siemens Simatic PCS 7

    Support collecting units and description from the Siemens Simatic PCS 7 system and writing them to the AF attribute and the PI Point attributes.

    8 votes
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  10. Increase the default log size

    The current default log size in the event viewer is 1MB. Although it can easily be increased, a larger default (100MB+) would allow to catch errors the first time they occur and allow for further troubleshooting then having to change it and have to replicate the error one more time.

    8 votes
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  11. Add the ability to write to a point using an attribute other than tag name

    Provide the capabilities of mapping a UFL data point to a PI tag using a PI Point attribute other than the tag name.  For example, we’ll have a data file from another database that uses a different ID than our PI point name. Could we write to PI using that ID as the point instrumenttag or exdesc?

    8 votes
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    1 comment  ·  UFL  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Put a REST endpoint on all connectors

    It would be very useful to see the data flowing through a connector at the edge, or even the data buffered in a connector. Every connector could have a rest endpoint with the same methods as PI Web API. Possible uses:

    -Diagnose connection/configuration issues
    -Attach a dashboard directly to the connector on the node (for example a display on a monitor in a mining truck)
    -Attach third party software for local analysis or alarming of equipment status (for example, alerting the driver of a truck of important events)

    I'm sure there are many others...

    8 votes
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  13. Migration from interface to connector

    Would like a way to migrate from interface to connector as easily as possible.

    8 votes
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  14. Warm and cold PI Connector for OPC UA failover

    Currently only hot failover is featured for the PI Connector for OPC UA but this creates a lot of strain on the data sources. We need to be able to select warm/cold failover mechanism.

    7 votes
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  15. trend log objects (BACnet object type 20) available from the connector

    BACnet trendlog object present the opportunity to buffer at the edge where the data is collected and to gracefully recover from comms outages if data collection has been impacted.

    I would suspect the trendlog object could be handled similarly to the OPC connector HDA approach

    7 votes
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  16. PI Connector for Modbus TCP - include option to configure response data byte size by register type.

    Certain RTUs limit the number of Boolean/Discrete values they return independently of the number of floats they return. The PI Connector for Modbus has a configuration option for “Maximum Response Data Bytes” but it applies to all register types. Enhance the maximum response data byte size configuration to provide an option to configure the max byte size by register type.

    7 votes
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  17. Make the connector a BACnet Device (get a BTL listing)

    Some devices can only send COV notifications to other BACnet devices. Since the Connector is not a device and does not respond to who-is messages (and does not listen on port 47808), the connector is unable to utilize COV subscriptions for these devices.

    7 votes
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  18. Connector for GE HABConnect

    Having a connector available for GE HABConnect rather than the interface would be useful to customers that are dealing with large amounts of data and make frequent changes to points on the GE side.  A connector that is capable of automatically updating point additions/deletions/modifications so that this doesn't have to be done manually on the PI side would be very helpful.

    7 votes
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  19. Wonderware Historian Connector should store some metadata in PI tag attributes

    The Description, Maximum EU, Minimum EU, Engineering Units, etc. that are stored in the Wonderware historian should be stored in the PI tags' attributes as well as the Wonderware AF structure.

    7 votes
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  20. Be able to modify the PI Point prefix from the PI Connector for UFL administration page

    It does not make sense that edits to some of the PI Connector for UFL's JSON files can be done through the administration page, but not all. The administration page should be a 1-stop configuration shop.

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