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  1. Customize UniInt Failover Sync File Permissions

    Prior to UniInt v4.6.0.60, UFO sync files created during interface startup would inherit file permissions from their parent folder (assuming child inheritance had been enabled on the folder).

    With UniInt v4.6.0.60, this behavior changed and now sync files created by the interface do not respect inheritance.  Instead, they are created with a standard ACL containing only the local "Administrators" and "Users" security groups.

    For users with complex file permission schemas, this change introduces additional, unnecessary configuration efforts that scale as interface numbers grow beyond the site-level. 

    8 votes
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  2. Monthly scans

    Allow for monthly scan intervals for scan classes. i.e. "scan monthly on the first hour of the first day of every month".

    3 votes
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  3. Bring in UOM from EMDVBCS source files.

    EMBVBCS currently does not bring in UOM from source files to the interface.

    3 votes
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  4. 64-bit version of CatGH5 interface

    There needs to be a 64-bit version of the CatGH5 interface that is capable of parallel processing in order to efficiently process an quantity of data/files (that the 32-bit version is not up to the task of handling well).

    3 votes
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  5. Ability to wait successful connection to PI Data Archive and download PI point information during startup

    (Posted on behalf of our customer)

    It can reduce the chance of startup failure because of the connection to PI Data Archive time-out. It's also helpful if interface can reduce time to get PI point information from PI Data Archive.

    3 votes
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  6. EFGEN - Allow Active Point Trigger Based on Specific Value/Logic/Calculation

    Using EFGen, currently an EF can only be triggered based on the zeroth state of the Active Point. This makes is impossible to trigger different events based on specific values of a single PI Tag.

    I am trying to implement a batch structure using Event Frames with production run as the parent and different phases of the run as children. I have a single PI Tag that lists the current phase of the run in real time. It would be nice to be able to trigger the phase child events based on the specific string values of this tag.

    PI…

    2 votes
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  7. Encrypt trafic between interfaces/connectors and the Data Archive

    Add an option to encrypt trafic between interfaces/connectors and the PI Data Archive

    1 vote
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  8. Support capture of instrumentation values, such as "voltage" in the EEAMAS interface.

    We are using this interface to capture meter attributes and measurements. However, the voltage comes in the XML files as an "instrumentation value", which is not currently supported. We would like to bring the voltage into a tag for the meter to use in PI analytics.

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  9. Allow modification of "head_end" in piscc.ini to modify naming convention for elements and tags.

    When our EEAMAS Interface was originally implemented, the Head_End parameter was set to "Elster", the vendor name for our meters. So all of our meters from that interface are named Elster_xxx. Elster was purchased by Honeywell, so the name no longer makes sense. We would like to change our prefix for the elements to something more generic like "MTR", since the element name is something that is exposed regularly to end users.

    1 vote
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  10. Remotely view logs

    I understand that you can remotely view logs using pigetmsg. However this solution does not work for me as the interface is on a controlled network that only allows outbound traffic. I would like a way for the interface node to be able to push out interface logs somewhere such as to my DA, that way I could use SMT to view my interface logs.

    2 votes
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  11. Improved handling of PI Write failures

    Provide a configuration option in UniInt interfaces, to enable shutdown of the interface if it consistently receives error messages when attempting to write to PI. Recently had an interface successfully connect to PI but not achieve write access to its tags; would've been nice to have this interface gracefully shut down or restart, and allow its UFO failover partner to serve the data flow

    2 votes
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  12. PI BACnet interface: add support for BACnet Setpoint object

    Add support for BACnet Setpoint objects in the PI BACnet interface.

    9 votes
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  13. PI OPCtoCSV Tool: Subbranch filter depth

    The PI Interface for OPC DA is packaged with the PI OPCtoCSV tool which extracts all OPC Items. It is possible to filter the items by subbranch however it recurses all sub-subbranches.
    We have an OPC server with around 20k items that we read into PI, however, using the OPCtoCSV tool it takes 12 hours to extract about 2k of these PI tags and 200k other OPC items that we are not interested (mostly just metadata). If we could specify a subbranch and also specify how many levels below this branch to recurse or how many levels above a leaf,…

    5 votes
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  14. PI OPCtoCSV Tool: Filter by OPC ItemID

    The PI Interface for OPC DA is packaged with the PI OPCtoCSV tool which extracts all OPC Items. It is possible to filter the items by subbranch like the PI APS Connector for OPC DA interface, but unlike the APS Connector, it is not possible to filter by OPC ItemID using the PI OPCtoCSV tool.
    We have an OPC server with around 20k items that we read into PI, however, using the OPCtoCSV tool it takes 12 hours to extract about 2k of these PI tags and 200k other OPC items that we are not interested (mostly just metadata). Filtering…

    5 votes
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  15. Davis to Pi Interface - Additional sensor functionality

    Add functionality for the Davis to Pi Interface to read additional sensor data points. The Davis to Pi Interface does not support the use of additional sensors, such as a second or third temperature sensor. The Davis console supports additional sensors, but the Pi Interface cannot read them.

    2 votes
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  16. Add a Trace Route feature to PI Ping interface

    Add ping -i feature to the interface and allow for either the output of the ping time or destination in the PI tag.

    Case: This will allow for IT to monitor the network path taken in communication from one site to another. If the route has changed in the communication of devices, we will be able to track it in PI and know exactly when the route changed.

    3 votes
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  17. OPC Alarms&Events interface should allow to change fields pipe delimiter for PI points

    When using a single PI tag, the fields are delimited by the pipe (|) symbol by default.
    It would be useful to change it to another delimiter or a combination of others. There could be messages containing this pipe (|) symbol, which would make it difficult to split the fields afterwards.

    1 vote
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  18. Allow PItoPI APS connector to sync "Point Type" changes

    Currently (as of PI to PI Interface AutoPointSync Connector Version 1.5.0.7), it's not possible to sync changes to "Point type". (See pg 5 of user manual).

    Please make this possible in a future release.

    3 votes
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  19. Support dynamic OPC addresses

    My OPC server's items have the OPC server node name included in the itemID, for example: serverA.AB_1234.PV. I have redundant OPC servers and redundant interfaces (in failover) and would like the tags to refer to the correct OPC address including when the OPC servers fail over. Currently the workaround is to create two sets of tags, each pointing to one OPC server's itemIDs in their instrument tags and then merge the data with AF or a PE.

    5 votes
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  20. Support data collection across data diodes or similar technology

    Regulatory and/or security requirement to separate data collection from data storage using a one-way data flow. Could apply to Interfaces or Connectors, for example PI Interface for Emerson Ovation.
    PI Interface/Connector -> one-way data flow -> PI Server/EDS/OCS

    3 votes
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