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41 - How PcVue can easily provide data to a third party application ?

PcVue can communicate with several applications using different toolkits:

  • Manager toolkit : a toolkit for interfacing with real-time and alarm data managers for PcVue
  • Protocol toolkit : a toolkit to implement your own integrated data acquisition drivers;

PcVue has also several built-in types of connections to provide data to any other software :

  • OPC Server
  • SNMP Agent
  • Web services server for Real time, Alarms and Historical data
  • Modbus TCP/IP Slave
  • REST API server
  • ....

43 - Is PcVue compatible with timestamped protocols ?

Yes, PcVue is compatible with different timestamp protocols such as OPC, BacNet, IEC, MODBUS, S7 ISO…

44 - Is PcVue certified DNV Kema for 61850 drivers ?

PcVue has received the certificate of conformance for its IEC 61850 implementation from DNV KEMA, the leading testing organization in the power domain. The certification follows testing at KEMA Protocol Competence and Test Center in Arnhem, Netherlands, and verifies that the PcVue 61850 client driver meets the requirements as defined by the UCA International Users Group.

45 - I want to use WebVue, should I use a specific Server to run the Web server?

It depends on the number of Web Client you will connect

  • Less than 5, you can use an existing Scada Station / HMI Station or Server Station
  • More than 5 you will need to use a specific adapted machine (Ram, CPU...)

In both cases, we provide a tool named PcVue Web Deployment Console (WDC) to help you to deploy your Web Server.

Be aware that the web server hosting PcVue web components is based on Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)

The performances of the WebClient depends also on the Web browser you will use, the best performances we observed are with Chrome, Firefox and Safari. 

To perform the best deployement, with cyber security approach, we strongly invite you to read carefuly our whitepaper 'Web & Mobile client for supervision systems' 

You can also refer to PcVue help for more information.

46 - Where can I find the Windows OS which are validated for my PcVue version?

The list of validated OS for a given PcVue version can be found in the « Readme » file (« System requirements » section) related to this version. This file can be accessed in PcVue startup menu or in PcVue main installation directory.  Readme of each version is also available from our Knowledge base.


47 - I want to run PcVue on a tablet, which kind of material should I use?

If the tablet runs a Windows operating system that is compatible with a given PcVue version, then this PcVue version may be directly installed on this tablet.
However a PcVue installation located on a distant machine may also be run from a tablet by using a « light client », such as:
•    A Remote Desktop Protocol client (with the appropriate license (CAL) installed);
•    A Web browser that implements Java (until version 11.2 ) or HTML5 (PcVue version 12 onwards).
Advantech provides ready-to-use tablet configurations that are compatible with PcVue.

48 - How PcVue is accounting the number of variables in my application?

There are two types of variables in PcVue:
Internal variables or tags(Unlimited): These variables cannot communicate with any equipment, they are internal to PcVue. You can define as many as needed.
Communication Variables or tags: depends on the key (maximum number of variables) you have. These variables are mapped to a data acquisition channel.
In order to know how many variables are already mapped:
-    type F4 once PcVue is launched and look at information tab (I/O currently used)
-    Launch Application explorer and look at Number of I/O in the lower right corner

49 - Is PcVue compatible with 21 CFR Part 11 ? (21 Code Federal Regulations Part 11)

PcVue proposes many features which can help industries/factories to meet requirements  with 21 CFR Part 11.
Indeed, several options of advanced security are available in PcVue, for example: Impose a strong password, several levels of profiles, audit trail, and possibility of saving all attempts of connections...

50 - I have an old PcVue version, can I update the project to the latest PcVue version ?

Since PcVue provides upward compatibility, it should be possible to update a project from an old version to the latest PcVue version.
Qualification tests are regularly done on typical projects (demo project, specific customer projects) to check and ensure correct project updating from N to N+1 version of PcVue. Therefore, going through successive upgradings between two consecutive versions (from N to N+1), a project may be upgraded from an old PcVue version to the latest version.