Data from devices using the Modbus protocol can now be made available in spreadsheets, databases, web browsers, or the Internet of Things (IoT).
Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc., a global leader in real-time cloud information systems, is pleased to announce that its Secure Cloud Service™ now supports Modbus, the world’s most widely used industrial network protocol. Data from any Modbus TCP slave device can now be viewed in a web browser, sent to big data analytics, logged to a database, fed to a spreadsheet, or connected to virtually any location on the IoT through Skkynet’s Secure Cloud Service.
“This is a significant advance in security and efficiency for the Industrial Internet of Things,” said Paul Thomas, President of Skkynet.
“Management, engineering staff, and analytical teams can now conveniently access data from virtually any Modbus device, whether tucked away on the shop floor or installed somewhere out in the field.”
Data from Modbus devices is typically accessed by plant operators and engineers in conjunction with costly, complex, industrial SCADA systems. Adding the Modbus protocol to the Secure Cloud Service now offers a secure, efficient, and low-cost option for any authorized user to monitor and interact with Modbus-enabled equipment using off-the-shelf software like a web browser, database, or spreadsheet. This approach is particularly well-suited to mobile networks because it supports bandwidth-constrained networks, instantly propagating values as they change, with no polling overhead.
“Most people don’t believe the Secure Cloud Service is even possible at any price point,” says Thomas, “That is, until they spend 10 minutes trying our service.”
Security for each Modbus device is ensured through Skkynet’s unique outbound-only system architecture, which keeps all firewalls closed and does not expose any device or plant to the Internet. All connected devices are isolated from each other, such that even if someone gains unauthorized physical access to a connected device, they cannot detect any other device on the system.
Skkynet’s Secure Cloud Service™ allows industrial and embedded systems to securely network live data in real time from any location. Secure by design, it requires no VPN, no open firewall ports, no special programming, and no additional hardware. It enables bidirectional supervisory control, integration, and sharing of data with multiple users, and real-time access to selected data sets in a web browser. The service is capable of handling over 50,000 data changes per second per client, at speeds just a few milliseconds over Internet latency.