KEPServerEX Version 6

The latest release of Kepware's industrial connectivity platform is IoT-ready, with new features and enhancements that enable secure scalability across teams, operations, companies, and continents.

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Product Overview

Since KEPServerEX® Version 5 first released in 2009, industrial connectivity has evolved into a critical layer in the solution stack—providing secure, reliable communications between the hardware layer and software application layer. The release of KEPServerEX Version 6 addresses the industry's need to produce and analyze greater volumes, variety, and velocity of data to supply a wider, more diverse set of client applications in a secure manner. With updates that enable remote configuration, support critical industrial automation markets in Asia and Europe, and simplify the user and licensing experience, KEPServerEX Version 6 provides the global connectivity, usability, and performance required by the enterprise.

New Features

Programmatic Changes via the Configuration API

The new REST-based API enables users to remotely apply programmatic changes to the KEPServerEX configuration via third-party client applications (including SCADA, HMI, IoT applications, and simple web applications). These changes include adding, editing, reading, and deleting objects (such as channels, devices, and tags) in the server. This feature is especially helpful for users with large and constantly-changing projects or companies who want to:

  • Programmatically build KEPServerEX project files
  • Programmatically access the KEPServerEX Event Log
  • Programmatically configure KEPServerEX drivers and the IoT Gateway advanced plug-in
  • Protect the KEPServerEX project configuration by limiting modifications made by lower-level users

The Configuration API enables programmers to create simple webpages where users can identify the properties that change, and then programmatically create the channels, devices, and tags to the company standard. It also enables the use of templates to standardize creation and naming among different types of devices—ensuring consistency and increasing user efficiency.

Configuration API

Localization for Japanese and German Markets

KEPServerEX Version 6 includes localized core features and top-tier drivers in Japanese and German to increase accessibility, productivity, and safety for Asian and European markets. This provides local customers and global multinationals the confidence that their technicians and engineers can configure, monitor, and troubleshoot KEPServerEX safely and efficiently.

Language selection is available in an easily-accessible location, enabling users to change it at any time. All languages are installed by default.

Native Development of OPC UA Technology

The core OPC UA functionality available in KEPServerEX Version 6 enables users to meet today's performance and scalability requirements while seamlessly evolving into the Industrial IoT. Developing the technology in-house positions Kepware engineers to better support end users, with engineers' in-depth knowledge of the OPC UA standard enabling quicker resolution of customer issues. Kepware's native OPC UA functionality provides enhanced diagnostics and creates a solid foundation for the future support of additional capabilities within the OPC UA specification.

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Improved User Experience

KEPServerEX Version 6 features an updated user interface that streamlines project setup, deployment, and interaction for an improved user experience and product manageability. Its unified tree view, simplified property editor, and updated wizards improve accessibility and increase user productivity.

Robust Security

Integrating the Security Policies advanced plug-in into core server functionality enables all users to assign access permissions on individual objects based on user role. Formerly a standalone product, its integration into core server technology addresses customers' needs for security in today's complex industrial environments. These capabilities compliment users' defense-in-depth strategy by providing the control system communications layer the functionality and flexibility needed to meet site security requirements.

Resources

Available Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Japanese

Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Server 2016
  • Windows 10 x64 (Pro and Enterprise Edition)
  • Windows 10 x86 (Pro and Enterprise Edition)
  • Windows 8.1 x64 (Windows 8, Pro, and Enterprise Edition)
  • Windows 8.1 x86 (Windows 8, Pro, and Enterprise Edition)
  • Windows 8 x64 (Windows 8, Pro, and Enterprise Edition)
  • Windows 8 x86 (Windows 8, Pro, and Enterprise Edition)
  • Windows 7 x64 (Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise Edition)
  • Windows 7 x86 (Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise Edition)
  • Windows Server 2012 x64 R2
  • Windows Server 2012 x64
  • Windows Server 2008 x64 R2

Example Code

Kepware offers example code to help users learn how to utilize the Configuration API to make programmatic changes to a KEPServerEX project.

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