Opto 22 Digitally Wires the Industrial Internet of Things with Release of Node-RED Nodes

OptoSNAPREDIndustrial automation manufacturer and Internet of Things platform developer Opto 22 announces immediate availability of Node-RED nodes for its industrial programmable automation controllers (PACs), significantly decreasing IIoT application development time and complexity. These Node-RED nodes for PACs make it easier to prototype and develop applications for connecting physical assets to cloud applications. Node-RED nodes and a RESTful API for Opto 22 SNAP PAC R-series and S-series controllers are available free for download at http://developer.opto22.com.

Linking technology assets and services together to build IIoT applications often requires layers of complex software development and long development cycles that quickly erode IIoT application ROI. Opto 22s Node-RED nodes for SNAP PAC programmable automation controllers enable nearly anyone to rapidly prototype and develop IIoT applications with Node-RED, opening a path to quickly connect legacy physical assets to the digital world of cloud services.

Node-RED is an innovative visual wiring tool to connect edge computing systems such as industrial automation controllers to cloud services such as Amazon Web Services(AWS) IoT, IBMWatson IoT, and MicrosoftAzurein new and interesting ways. Created by Nick OLeary (@knolleary) and Dave Conway-Jones (@ceejay) of IBM Emerging Technologies (@ibmets), Node-RED is an open-source, cross-platform technology available on GitHub.com and npmjs.org, and is currently available for a variety of platforms, including OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Raspberry Pi, and cloud offerings like IBM Bluemixand AT&TFlow. Built on the popular Node.js JavaScript runtime, Node-RED benefits from a large Node-RED librarycontaining over 500 prebuilt and ready-to-deploy nodesallowing IIoT application developers to leverage existing software code and deploy it directly into their applications.

I’ve been very impressed with the whole Node-RED project, said Jim Turner, senior software developer at Opto 22. It’s well run, polished, and of high quality, but still very practical and useful. It’s been a pleasure to develop for their platform. At the time of this release, Node-RED has been downloaded from npmjs.org over 25,000 times in the last month.

The Node-RED development environment offers a gradual and easily approachable learning curve for users of all levels and requires little to no programming skills. Instead, Node-RED takes advantage of pre-programmed, reusable code blocks called nodes. These nodes make IIoT application development simpler, easier to repeat, and faster to scale. Through a visual browser-based, drag-and-drop interface, Node-RED allows IIoT application developers to focus on identifying an opportunity and developing a solution, rather than building the components of an application from scratch.

Advanced JavaScript functions can also be created within the editor using a Function node. A built-in library lets developers save useful functions, templates, or node flows for re-use. The flows created in Node-RED are stored using the widely known JSON format, which can be easily imported and exported for sharing with other developers and applications, promoting the idea of social application development.

Download the Node-RED nodes for Opto 22 SNAP PAC R-series and S-series controllers directly at http://flows.nodered.org/node/node-red-contrib-pac.

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