SOURCE: Software Toolbox

Software Toolbox

June 18, 2013 12:08 ET

Software Toolbox Adds New Security Features to Connectivity Application

Security Policies Plug-In for TOP Server Offers Flexible User Control; New Drivers and Enhancements Released for Allen-Bradley Micro800 and Fisher ROC and DNP

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - Jun 18, 2013) - Software Toolbox® today announced the release of TOP Server Version 5.12 with new features such as a Security Policies plug-in for enabling more flexible control of client application access to drivers and data. The product release also features two new Allen-Bradley Micro800 drivers for serial or Ethernet connectivity, expanded address support for Fisher ROC and more flexible DNP3 timestamp support, as well as enhancements and fixes for many other existing communications drivers.

Powered by Kepware, TOP Server is Software Toolbox's OPC and native HMI device connectivity software application, offering more than 130 different device drivers and plug-ins. The Security Policies plug-in increases security for process monitoring and control systems. The free add-on enables granular control over how HMI, SCADA and other data client applications access TOP Server drivers and data for operations such as reading, writing or browsing. The security plug-in also verifies access rights based on user credentials provided by clients using OPC UA connecting to TOP Server, or as blanket permissions for other types of client connections such as OPC DA or Wonderware SuiteLink.

"Security is a key issue in all industries with today's concerns about cybersecurity and protection of industrial infrastructure," said Kevin Rutherford, brand manager at Software Toolbox. "One of our ongoing objectives is to provide products that facilitate reliable and secure monitoring and control across all industries and the new Security Policies plug-in for TOP Server delivers an additional layer of digital defense."

For connectivity to Allen-Bradley Micro800 controllers, TOP Server adds both Micro800 Serial and Micro800 Ethernet drivers to the Allen-Bradley Suite and the Software Toolbox vertical industry Manufacturing Suite. The TOP Server AB Suite can now be used to also integrate Rockwell's AB Micro800 control systems.

TOP Server Version 5.12 also brings improvements to the Fisher ROC Plus driver. The driver has been updated to support additional point types for a wider range of compatibility. Enhancements to set/clear indications have been made to the driver when used with the Electronic Flow Measurement plug-in.

TOP Server DNP Suite drivers have been enhanced to support DNP slave devices using local timestamps instead of UTC timestamps, as detailed in the DNP3 specification. Support for both local and UTC timestamps in the device for events and synchronization expands TOP Server compatibility with the largest number of DNP3 slave devices.

Additional improvements in TOP Server Version 5.12 include:

TOP Server Version 5.12 is available for download or as an upgrade for users with active support and maintenance contracts at

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