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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.

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  2. Link to user manual/ help file unavailable from UI

    The connector UI does not contain any link to the help documentation or the user manual. The files are also not found in the standard PIPC path and are available only with the installation extarction

    7 votes
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  3. Migration from interface to connector

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

    7 votes
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  4. 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.

    6 votes
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  5. 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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  6. 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

    6 votes
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  7. PI Point name Illegal character handling in PI Connectors

    Currently source points for PI Connectors that contain illegal characters are handled differently depending on the PI Connector. Some will replace the character while others will map an illegal character replacement when creating the PI Point. These illegal characters should be dealt with the same across all PI Connectors. Examples of illegal data source Characters: * ' ? ; { } [ ] | \ ` "

    6 votes
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    We have started implementing a way to handle illegal characters in Wonderware and UFL Connector. If this behavior is desired for a connector besides Wonderware and UFL kindly leave a comment below.

  8. 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.

    6 votes
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  9. Scan only when the data folder changes

    Specifying the scan time seems unnecessary. Instead, the PI Connector for UFL should only scan the data folder if a change to the data folder's contents is detected. Surely some sort of event listener can be set up to achieve this?

    6 votes
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  10. 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.

    6 votes
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  11. Add a Boolean data type

    Boolean variables are useful for reusing Boolean (sub)expressions, concise debugging of the value of a Boolean expression, and extraction and storage of Boolean values before writing to Int32 PI status tags (e.g. on/off status, open/closed status).

    6 votes
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  12. Adjust GE e-terraHabitat Connector to support e-terraPipeline systems

    The Pi Connector for GE e-terraHabitat systems was apparently only written to support GE's Electrical SCADA systems (EMS/DMS) that are based on e-terraHabitat. They also have Oil & Gas Pipeline SCADA systems, also based on e-terraHabitat, known as "ETPL" (e-terraPipeline), which have a slightly different record structure for POINT and ANALOG records. Both expose their data via GE's SAMPLER technology, which at a basic level works the same for both types of SCADA systems, the difference is in the record structure related to POINTS and ANALOGS that is slightly different for each system.

    The existing Pi Connector would need a…

    5 votes
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  13. PI Connector for iFIX SCADA

    Develop a connector for iFIX SCADA

    5 votes
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  14. Improve the structure of the history recovery after connector restarts to ensure that initial period of history recovery is complete

    The 30-day history recovery by the connector after restarts should get activated only after the initial history recovery is confirmed to have completed successfully.

    5 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

    5 votes
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  16. Program objects (BACnet object type 16) also bought through by the connector

    The program object description is often very useful to understand what the various object instances relate to. At our site the description holds the Asset designation and that would allow correct assignment of the analogue and binary object instances to the correct asset.

    5 votes
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  17. Allow Atuomatic UDC Creation for the PI Connector for Cygent

    UDCs that are newly added are not automatically added unless the connector configuration is refreshed manually. We would like to have an option where these are automatically created without manual intervention.

    5 votes
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  18. Need the WITSML connector to connect to Petrolink

    As we know WITSML is a rather loose standard. A large integrated Oil and Gas Company would like for the WITSML connector to work with Petrolink https://www.petrolink.com/witsml/

    5 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

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  20. Filter Quality tags PI Connector for Wonderware Historian

    There should be away to filter which quality tags are created. Currently we can only choose all or none.

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