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February 2013

TagWellTM - Remote System Management & Control Solutions

SoftPLC Corporation's TagWell solution provides a powerful and configurable platform for comprehensive and scalable remote control system management. TagWell utilizes Internet cloud technologies and low-cost M2M cellular communications.

TagWell Overview

Combined with our field-proven industrial controller and communications gateway product line, TagWell makes it easy to remotely monitor, control, acquire data, and troubleshoot remote systems, machines, and other devices via a combination of the Internet and a cellular network. The TagWell user interface is customer specific web pages that can be viewed on any browser - this includes PC's, tablets, and even smart phones!

Some benefits of implementing a Tagwell solution:
  • Reduce onsite service req'ts & travel costs
  • Monitor remote system's operation & maintenance item status (eg: oil levels)
  • Control remote systems (eg: change parameters)
  • Protect remote assets from theft, missed maintenance, etc.
  • Minimize equipment downtime
  • Automatically notify service personnel of problems or needed maintenance
  • Link and integrate field data to SCADA, logistics or other business systems
  • No IT expertise or interaction required
  • Scaleable - architecture can dynamically grow with demand
  • Low cost, low bandwidth solution

The components of a TagWell system can include:

  • TagWell - Secure Internet based ("cloud") data center that gathers data from SoftPLC RTU's and Gateways ("remotes"), enables real-time browser-based remote monitoring and control of industrial systems, and customer designed add-ons.
  • SoftPLC Gateways - World class, modern industrial communication interfaces that enable remote communication between other vendor's controllers or equipment and TagWell, as well as from TagWell to SCADA systems. Gateways also provide immediate alert notification via email or SMS text message, and can do data acquisition and logging functions. All SoftPLC Gateways are equipped with cell modems, ethernet, serial ports and have options to interface to additional communication networks.
  • SoftPLC RTU's - Industrial controllers that provide I/O monitoring and extensive control, in addition to all the powerful functions of a SoftPLC Gateway.

TagWell, combined with SoftPLC remotes, offers a truly unique solution for the M2M/cloud-based remote asset management marketplace.

Contact us to learn more!

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SoftPLC's Gatecraft Linux Update

In December we released an update to the Gatecraft Linux used with SoftPLC Controllers and Gateways.  Although the primary benefit of the new release is to apply a number of security related patches, some other features were included:

  • Added support for "cron" jobs.  Cron jobs allow users to run scripts at scheduled times.  Scripts could backup files, refresh log files, read/write to a database, and many other functions.  This feature adds to the ability of users to comply with FDA 21 CFR part 11.

  • Added support for TagWell (see above).

  • Implemented a number of security patches, and updated the BusyBox utilities set.

Contact support@softplc to learn more or to learn how to update your SoftPLC!

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