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“Plug-and-Cloud” with the IoT Bus Coupler

The EK9160 IoT Bus Coupler is a suitable solution to transmit control data simply, safely and cost-effectively to common cloud systems in plug-and-play mode.

The coupler establishes a direct connection without any special control program between Beckhoff EtherCAT I/O and the Internet of Things (IoT). As a result, it enables simple and standardised integration of I/O data with cloud-based communication and data services.

Extended mechanisms are available, including local buffering of I/O data on a 2GB microSD card to protect against data loss when the internet connection is interrupted. The cloud services and security functions can be configured via the web server in the same way.

Individual applications operate in “decoupled” mode, as the devices only need to “know” the central message broker, rather than other devices or IP addresses. Moreover, communication for both the publisher and subscriber is always active and directed externally. Both of these factors lead to the simplification of firewall configuration and setup in the IT infrastructure of a company.

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