SiteManager is the advanced IoT edge gateway component of the Secomea Solution which enables both industrial remote access and machine data collection with edge computing functions in a single dedicated hardware device or as a small software program installed on a suitable Windows or Linux platform.
SiteManager ensures seamless and secure remote VPN connectivity to your industrial equipment and IIoT devices while concurrently allowing you to collect data from multiple devices and send that data to different cloud solutions for further analysis. The SiteManager IoT Edge Gateway is available as a robust, industrial, graded DIN-mountable device or as software which can be easily and at no cost installed on Windows or Linux computers, HMIs, IPCs, or other computer platforms.
Depending on your needs, the SiteManager IoT Edge Gateway offers multiple device drivers and can connect simultaneously to up to 100 devices of all types and brands of Ethernet based industrial equipment, and for the hardware models of the SiteManager, even to Serial and USB devices. Once connected, the device driver and client software will ensure that the corresponding system of a technician’s PC will operate as if it was connected directly to the PLC or HMI in the industrial network.
Simultaneously with the on-demand access, the SiteManager IoT Gateway can function as a secure static remote link between industrial solutions at remote locations that can exchange information in one or both directions, such as SCADA systems, PLCs, and HMIs. This is assured by the integrated LogTunnel technology, which is configured by simple drag-and-drop in the central GateManager Access Management Server’s web portal.
Typical IoT gateways will function either as a VPN router or as a data collector. The SiteManager is a genuine Industrial IoT Edge Gateway that does both at the same time. The data collection capabilities are extended with edge computing abilities through advanced aggregation functions and store-and-forward data buffering capacity.
Secomea is an active member of the OPC UA Foundation, and we are dedicated to continuously optimizing OPC UA functionality to support OPC UA’s increasing adoption into operation, controls, and processing layers of Industrial Automation Control System infrastructures.
Uses intelligent TLS based VPN to connect to industrial equipment via Ethernet, and optionally Serial, or USB ports, using the equipment’s native protocols (e.g., Modbus, PROFINET, EtherCAT; EtherNet/IP etc.).
Collects data from industrial devices via e.g., Modbus, OPC UA, CIP, or S7, and send the raw data for further data analysis and processing to your chosen cloud solution such as Secomea Data Collection Cloud (DCC), Azure, AWS, EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, etc.
Enables secure connectivity to the Internet through the existing network infrastructure via WiFi, Ethernet, or 4G/LTE depending on the SiteManager platform. All connections are outbound only, so no reconfiguration of firewalls is needed.
The integrated data collection feature uses both local Flash and RAM for its store-and-forward data storage to ensure data integrity for not only loss of Internet access, but also power-loss. The offline period simply depends on the amount of storage of the SiteManager platform.
The integrated data LogTunnel feature provides secure static tunnel connections and seamless integration to a central SCADA system which operates concurrently with other services, such as on-demand access control and data collection.
Digital input ports of the hardware models allow operator control of remote access, e.g. via a physical switch, and digital output enables signaling of active access sessions, e.g. via a light-tower. Similarly, the Software SiteManager can be controlled via a local Web API.
As a manufacturer or machine operator, you need to control access locally, even if the IoT Gateway hardware or software are delivered and maintained by your machine provider. You also need to assure the safety of your operators and comply with both safety regulations and IT security policies by assuring that remote maintenance is done only within agreed service windows.
The hardware versions of the SiteManager Industrial IoT Gateway feature a digital input that you can link to your operator panel or a physical switch, so that only when triggered will a session be established. The SiteManager will still, at all times, send keep-alive to the central GateManager Access Management Server to assure its availability. In addition, a digital output port of the SiteManager can trigger a light-tower that clearly indicates when a session is in progress. Likewise, the Software versions of the SiteManager feature a comprehensive JSON Web API that can be used by the hosting platform to control access and monitor activity.
As a machine provider, it is important to assure that all IoT Gateways shipped with your machines are properly configured so you can trust that they will actually connect when installed at the sites. A SiteManager Industrial IoT Gateway requires no IT skills to prepare, and it can be done without even connecting it to a network.
Simply power on your hardware SiteManager, insert a USB stick with your standard configuration, and it will automatically be configured to connect securely back to your server, regardless of the internet connectivity media it has access to. The same configuration can include the default IP settings and device drivers for your PLC and HMI applications.
If using the software version of the SiteManager IoT Edge Gateway, a standard configuration can be copied as a file to the platform and assure that whenever that platform is connected to a network with an internet connection, the SiteManager will automatically become accessible.
The SiteManager Industrial IoT Gateway features multiple methods for communicating with the Central Access Management Server GateManager.
Security is built in, not bolted on. The Secomea Solution is designed to meet both operational technology (OT) and IT requirements with security at its core.
How do I gain access to equipment via a SiteManager?
Use the LinkManager Access Client to connect to the equipment that SiteManager IoT Gateway is configured for, whether Ethernet devices, USBs, or Serial devices. With a single click in your LinkManager portal, you establish a secure remote connection to a device and can begin your service task immediately.
What is SiteManager?
SiteManager is the advanced IoT edge gateway component of the Secomea Solution installed in the machine or at the factory that enables both industrial remote access and machine data collection with edge computing functions in a single unit.
How do I configure a SiteManager?
There are different ways to configure a new SiteManager, the most popular of which is to create a configuration profile from the central server, load it on a USB stick, and insert into the USB port of the SiteManager. It will then automatically restart and connect to the central server from where you connect to it and do more advanced configuration.
How many devices can I connect to using a SiteManager?
You can connect up to 100 devices of all types and brands of industrial equipment via Ethernet, Serial, or USB ports.
Which protocols does a SiteManager support?
A SiteManager supports any industrial Ethernet UDP/TCP device at Layer3 and even Layer3. That means you will be able to use tools that communicate with Profinet, Modbus, Twincat and many other protocols as the Secomea Solution transparently tunnels the traffic. The SiteManager also supports most USB and Serial RS232 devices, and if not directly, then via appropriate USB adapters e.g., MPI and RS485. For data collection, the SiteManager supports the major industrial protocols such as Modbus, OPC UA, Siemens S7, Ethernet/IP and CIP, and even REST/HTTPS:
Which clouds does the SiteManager support?
The SiteManager can collect data and deliver data to most major clouds, such as AWS, Azure, Cumulocity, Ailun/Alibaba, and Secomea’s own DCC.
Is the SiteManager IoT Gateway cost-effective?
Our customers describe the SiteManager as a revenue-generator with high robustness and ease of use at low cost. A SiteManager comes in various shapes, both as hardware and software, and therefore fits use cases, ranging from large volume, low cost for price sensitive machines to high performance demanding uses in IACS installations.