Server platform upgrades improve connectivity

New enhancements to KEPServerEX improve connectivity for power distribution, extend OPC support, and simplify EFM configuration.


Kepware Technologies, a software development company focused on communications for automation, has announced new enhancements to its KEPServerEX platform, offering new solutions to simplify communication management. The enhancements include support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, in addition to these products and features:

• IEC 61850 MMS Client Driver: This new driver utilizes the manufacturing messaging specification (MMS) of the IEC 61850 specification for sending data from substation automation devices, such as switches and circuit breakers, to SCADA and HMI applications for analysis and reporting.

• OPC XML-DA Client Driver: This new driver strengthens Kepware’s OPC connectivity suite offering, and enables users to connect to any OPC XML-DA server. The driver simplifies connectivity to other third-party servers and can circumvent proprietary protocols, thus enabling KEPServerEX to aggregate OPC data.

• EFM Simulator: This new feature is a flow computer simulator within the EFM suite. The driver simulates EFM historical data in order to confirm that the EFM exporter plug-in configuration works properly. The simulator eliminates the need to connect to flow computers when evaluating the server and exporter configurations.   

“Kepware realizes that learning new communication protocols or spending time to understand new applications is inconvenient and often slows business processes,” said Tony Paine, president and CEO of Kepware Technologies. “To address this situation, we have developed a single server communication platform that enables customers to simply add multiple drivers as needed. The KEPServerEX 5.11 enhancements expand our offering for the quickly-growing Smart Grid and wind farm markets, as well as help simplify the communication needs of Kepware’s existing customers.”


Edited by Peter Welander,

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