With PC-based control technology, Beckhoff provides the ideal foundation for the acquisition of process or consumption data and also Smart Metering. Acquired at the field level in networked systems and buildings, such process data can be made available to the Cloud. These large amounts of data (“Big Data”) are used by higher-level analysis services for evaluation, logging, and subsequent optimisation or failure analysis. Data acquisition at the field level is easy through direct sensor connection to the Beckhoff I/O Terminals or other fieldbus and subsystem terminals.
TwinCAT automation software supports all commonly used communication protocols. Secure communications, e.g. for data analysis or sending operating status values to the Cloud, is provided using OPC UA. This vendor-independent, Ethernet and web-based communication standard can be seamlessly integrated into MES and DCS concepts.