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Third-Party Validation of Kepware's EFM Data Collection Solution

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Third-Party Validation of Kepware's EFM Data Collection Solution

By Steve Sponseller and Russel Treat

Kepware Technologies is a private software development company headquartered in Portland, Maine that focuses on communications for the Automation Industry. Since its inception in 1995, Kepware has developed a wide spectrum of drivers and plug-ins that support over 150 protocols and allow users to communicate with a wide range of PLCs, DCSs, RTUs, flow computers, and other industrial data sources—regardless of manufacturer or protocol. Kepware's communications platform, KEPServerEX, provides the communications layer between these devices and the applications (like SCADA and HMI) that need to monitor and control the data that is stored within them. Information is shared between KEPServerEX and these applications via various standards (like GE NIO, Oracle MOC, and Wonderware's Suitelink and FastDDE). Open Connectivity via Open Standards (OPC) is a set of communication standards folr industrial automation devices, applications, and systems. The OPC Foundation owns the standards and works with the Automation Industry to keep them up to date by revising existing standards and creating new standards when required. Kepware has been a member of the OPC Foundation consortium for 15 years, and has participated in various working groups to assist in the OPC standards' ongoing development.

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