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  1. Support float64 point type in PI Interface for China Network Isolator

    China Network Isolator interface does not support float64 point type, which is required by many customers in China. Right now, they have to change the point type to string first and then to float64 by analytics, this will consume two times of license number.

    19 votes
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  2. Enhance WMI interface to verify that ACE Class Libraries are running

    PI-ACE Manager looks at the PI-Module Database to see if the individual modules are running. The Class Library sub-processes updates the PI-MDB when it starts & stops. If the process dies, it does not always update the PI-MDB values. So, there is no supported way to verify if the Class Library sub-process is running.

    The PerfMon interface can't monitor the existence of the process. I have found that I can use the OSIWMI interface to find the Class Library process based on the Command Line of the process.

    The WMI interface will only update the PI tag if the process…

    9 votes
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  3. Export double-byte characters with HDATagBuilder

    PI Interface for OPC HDA, as well as OPC HDA COM Connector, offer a tool called HDATagBuilder to collect all tags on an OPC HDA Server and export them to a CSV-file that can be used with PI Builder.

    This tool, however, is currently not able to correctly handle double-byte characters well. If it finds one inside item ID's or descriptions, the property value (whether it's the tag name, the description or the instrument tag) simply becomes a blank.

    Please fix this, as more and more DCS's are capable of using them, and even PI DA can handle tag names…

    1 vote
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  4. Update the CA ISO interface in preparation for the upcoming API V8 deployment

    CA ISO is planning to upgrade its ADS (automated dispatch system) to version 8. This upgrade introduces breaking changes from the current system, API version 7.

    The CA ISO interface should be updated to account for these changes.

    13 votes
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    We are currently investigating the impact that Califorinia ISO’s ADS upgrade will have on the PI Interface for CA ISO ADS Web Service.

    While we are researching on our side, please continue to share your current use of this interface in the comments.

  5. PI Interface for ABB Web Imaging System via ABB CNI

    CNI interface should support message 25. Currently, we do not support any message beyond 22.

    3 votes
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  6. Streamlined management of PI Interface for SNMP .pwd file

    When using the interface to gather data for hundreds of SNMP devices, managing the .pwd file becomes very burdensome due to an inability to format the file. Comments are helpful in sorting devices, but they are removed upon encryption. It would be nice to see a tool that helps with the management of passwords.

    2 votes
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  7. Buffering Manager - add metrics for each buffered interface

    When validating/troubleshooting data flow issues, it would be helpful to see metrics on which interfaces are actively sending data to the buffering subsystem via Buffering Manager. If an interface is in a bad state or stopped, it would be obvious which interface is having issues since the count would be zero. Currently the counts in the buffer queue are for all interfaces, so this only gives the user an idea on whether the buffer subsystem is forwarding data to the data archive, without knowing which interfaces this data is coming from.

    2 votes
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  8. GE HabConnect interface support for both IGNORExTH and IGNOREFLDMSEC

    PI ICU rejects options IGNORE5TH and IGNOREFLDMSEC at the same time. When modeling teams change MEAS fields often, IGNORE5TH is extremely useful to keep data history contiguous. When using field time that is stamped by the EMS, milliseconds are not useful.

    Please remove the constraint on having both options.

    1 vote
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  9. Add OMF health to Citect interface

    Add OMF health function to Citect interface.

    1 vote
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  10. Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept if the first character after the first bracket is #

    Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept if the first character after the first bracket is #

    The counter path of NVidia's GPU temperature is \computername\NVIDIA GPU(#0 Quadro M4000 (id=1, NVAPI ID=1280))\Temperature C.

    Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept the counter path if the first character after the first bracket is a "#".

    Replied from Techsupport :
    The PI Points cannot be configured because their counter path does not follow the standard counter path "\Computer\PerfObject(ParentInstance/ObjectInstance#InstanceIndex)\Counter".

    The problematic tag is in the format of \VW-AS\NVIDIA GPU(#0 Quadro M4000 (id=1, NVAPI ID=1280))\Temperature C
    Thus, when the interface checked the path and…

    1 vote
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  11. Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept if the first character after the first bracket is #

    The counter path of NVidia's GPU temperature is \computername\NVIDIA GPU(#0 Quadro M4000 (id=1, NVAPI ID=1280))\Temperature C.

    Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept the counter path if the first character after the first bracket is a "#".

    1 vote
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  12. PI Buffer Subsystem doesn't use the user who is logged in

    PI Buffer Subsystem must have a option to set up the user account is logged instead of using Windows Domain or Local account that is running the windows service. This is a huge security issue when using Buffer on client computer to send manual data because you will need to create a Mapping or Trust and give permission in so many pi points when the user logged on computer should have access to write in few pi points.

    Please prioritize this one!

    2 votes
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  13. OPC AE: add history recovery feature

    There is a stronger market demand to have more alarm data in PI so that the alarms can be analysed together with the process data. Existing (as of Oct 2019) PI OPC AE Interface does not support history recovery. Without the history recovery feature (automatic or manual), the interface is less reliable in terms of data loss possibility, especially in highly regulated industries such as Pharmaceuticals. On the control system side, OPC Historical Alarm and Events data access (OPC H A&E) is already available, for example for Siemens PCS7 with their product OpenPCS7. Requesting OSIsoft to look into adding this…

    3 votes
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  14. Encrypt trafic between interfaces/connectors and the Data Archive

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

    5 votes
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  15. 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.

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

    When our EEAMAS Interface was originally implemented, the HeadEnd parameter was set to "Elster", the vendor name for our meters. So all of our meters from that interface are named Elsterxxx. 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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  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. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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.

    4 votes
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