Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Kepware launches KEPServerEX V5 automation communication platform

July 30, 2009
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Kepware Technologies, a leader in communications for automation, has released its next generation of KEPServerEX, Version 5, available now for OEMs, channel partners and end users. Kepware’s “next-generation communication platform” delivers a new architecture and new features and benefits while retaining a similar look, feel and compatibility with earlier versions of the KEPServerEX.

The new architecture is designed for portability – able to be delivered on other than Microsoft run-time environments. It is designed to achieve Microsoft Vista and Server 2008 Logo Compliance. It offers a split Management (configuration) vs. Run-time operation, enabling management at the user level and operation as a service, with the added bonus of Microsoft Terminal Services multi-user support. Finally, KEPServerEX V5 delivers a new licensing and Customer Support model, designed to maximize end user value and packaging flexibility.

KEPServerEX is now delivered in the form of vertical suites, “maximizing” cost savings by bundling the most common protocols used in a vertical market under one very cost effective solution.” The new suites are IT and Infrastructure Suite (SNMP, Ping, System Monitor, Modbus and UCON drivers); Building Automation Suite (BACnet, Modbus, UCON drivers); Power Distribution Suite (DNP, Modbus, UCON drivers); Oil and Gas Suite (ROC, ROC Plus, Modbus and Modbus like RTU protocols, UCON drivers); and the Manufacturing Suite (a collection of over 100 protocols typically found in manufacturing environments). Protocols may still be purchased separately.” All protocols in an installation are supported by one instance of KEPServerEX, one OPC Interface and one Tag Namespace, delivering easy configuration, common diagnostics and the lowest long-term Total Cost of Ownership.

“This is the next generation of communications technology,” explained Tony Paine, executive vice-president and CTO of Kepware Technologies. “Version 5 is the greatest single development effort we have ever undertaken and this is the foundation for many new and powerful features. This will be the platform for our public release of OPC-UA technology. Upcoming releases will deliver Tunneling and Remote Administration. This release also opens up the ability for Kepware to support many more platforms, from Linux to deeply embedded operating systems such as VxWorks, to be used by our many OEM partners.”


“Kepware has evolved from a supplier of third party drivers to a technology partner capable of delivering the complete communications architecture to their partners and customers. As demonstrated by this next generation product, Kepware’s focus has allowed them to push the envelope of technology while building on years of experience to deliver new features and benefits,” explains Craig Resnick, industry analyst for the ARC Advisory Group. “Kepware has demonstrated a deep and continued commitment to delivering value and quality to their customers.”

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