SOURCE: Sierra Monitor Corporation

Sierra Monitor Corporation

May 28, 2015 08:00 ET

Sierra Monitor Corporation Simplifies Field Device Integration for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) With New EZ Gateway Product Line

First Product, the FieldServer EZ Gateway Modbus to BACnet, Rapidly Connects Modbus Devices to BACnet Management Systems

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - May 28, 2015) - Sierra Monitor Corporation (OTCQB: SRMC), provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets, today announced the availability of the FieldServer EZ Gateway Modbus to BACnet (FS-EZX-MOD-BAC) -- an easy-to-use, high-performance gateway to interface Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP devices such as power meters and flow meters to BACnet MS/TP or BACnet/IP systems in commercial and industrial facilities. The product is the first in a new product line of "EZ Gateways" that will greatly simplify the challenge of connecting different types of field devices to the IIoT.

"The promise of 50 billion devices participating in the IoT by 2025 assumes that it is simple and cheap to connect devices to the network. It is true that raw wired and wireless connectivity are becoming increasingly inexpensive. However, the costs and complexity of device integration are driven by the need to translate between different protocols," said Varun Nagaraj, CEO of Sierra Monitor Corporation. "The FieldServer EZ Gateway product line offers significant new capabilities that make it much easier and more cost-effective to integrate stand-alone commercial and industrial devices into automation networks relative to traditional gateways. The FieldServer EZ Gateway Modbus to BACnet significantly lowers configuration and installation time, reduces ongoing management and maintenance costs, and offers a new price point per connected Modbus device."

The "EZ Profiles" innovation slashes configuration and installation times. An EZ Profile is a convenient mapping file that defines a relationship between a Modbus register and a BACnet object, and allows the integrator or installer to configure the gateway quickly. Sierra Monitor's technical support team and community of customers have developed and will continue to grow the library of profiles for Modbus field devices -- one of the first instances of crowdsourcing in this industry. A second significant innovation is "DeviceProxy™," a unique ability to represent each Modbus device as a virtual BACnet device on the EZ Gateway. This virtualization capability allows the Modbus devices to be easily managed and reconfigured as though they are native participants in the BACnet management framework. Additionally, with the use of dual serial ports, the EZ Gateway can integrate twice the number of Modbus devices supported by traditional gateways, or can double the performance of each connected device.

Engineer Andy Westmorland of The Controls Consultancy, who is testing the FieldServer EZ Gateway Modbus to BACnet on behalf of one of Europe's leading online catalogs for automation products said, "The product is feature packed and is the fastest and easiest-to-configure interface we've ever seen."

The FieldServer EZ Gateway Modbus to BACnet (FS-EZX-MOD-BAC) is available for sale immediately from Sierra Monitor Corporation (www.sierramonitor.com) and authorized partners.

About Sierra Monitor Corporation
Sierra Monitor Corporation addresses the industrial and commercial facilities management market with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets.

The company's FieldServer brand of protocol gateways is used by system integrators and OEMs to enable local and remote monitoring and control of assets and facilities. With more than 100,000 products, supporting over 140 protocols, installed in commercial and industrial facilities, FieldServer is the industry's leading multi-protocol gateway.

Sierra Monitor's Sentry IT fire and gas detection solutions are used by industrial and commercial facilities managers to protect their personnel and assets. Sentry IT branded controllers, sensor modules, and software are installed at thousands of facilities such as natural gas vehicle fueling and maintenance stations, wastewater treatment plants, oil and gas refineries and pipelines, parking garages, US Navy ships, and underground telephone vaults.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Milpitas, California, Sierra Monitor was founded in 1979 and has been a public company (SRMC) since 1989. By combining its distinguished track record in industrial sensing and automation with emerging IoT technologies such as cloud connectivity, big data, and analytics, Sierra Monitor is at the forefront of the emerging IIoT trend.

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