SOURCE: Software Toolbox

Software Toolbox

February 16, 2011 16:05 ET

Software Toolbox Enhances Connectivity Software

TOP Server Features Expanded DNP WITS Support and SNMP Agent Capability; Driver Functionality Enhancements

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - February 16, 2011) - Software Toolbox® today announced the release of TOP Server Version 5.5, its OPC and native HMI device connectivity software application. Powered by Kepware, Top Server 5.5 delivers enhancements to the main server and more than 20 drivers and plug-ins.

TOP Server 5.5 extends DNP WITS functionality with the implementation of Phase II support. WITS Phase II adds support for writing to DNP Object Groups 0 and 87 in keeping with the DNP WITS Standard.

The 5.5 release also includes the addition of a new SNMP Agent Plug-In which enables TOP Server to emulate an SNMP device on an Ethernet network. The SNMP Agent Plug-In supports SNMP version 1 and 2C as well as the UDP protocol. 

"The SNMP Agent meets a critical market need," said Colin Winchester, vice president of operations at Software Toolbox. "It enables Ethernet networks and their devices on the plant floor to be integrated with advanced IT monitoring systems that are utilizing the SNMP protocol."

The software's new PingItFirst utility ensures continuous connectivity to Ethernet-based devices and enhances the ability to troubleshoot connectivity issues. PingItFirst expands the capabilities of users to more effectively troubleshoot communications issues and more easily identify potential problem areas so they can be resolved in a timely fashion.

With TOP Server 5.5, Software Toolbox maintains its continuous improvement vision through modem support and tag creation enhancements. The built-in modem functionality for serial drivers has been enhanced to support auto-dialing and improved phone number management. In addition, a new multiple tag generation tool has been added to help users quickly create large numbers of tags in the server database.

Additional improvements in TOP Server Version 5.5 include:

TOP Server 5.5 will be available for download or as an upgrade during the week of February 21, 2011 for users with active support and maintenance contracts at

NOTE TO EDITORS:  High-resolution 300dpi graphics for TOP Server Version 5.5 are available for download at the following link:

Since 1996, Software Toolbox has been an industry source for industrial automation software, from project conception to completion. The company has served more than 10,000 clients in 110 countries helping them find, evaluate, purchase and support automation software solutions. These solutions include OPC servers, clients, development toolkits, HMI/SCADA add-ins/enhancements, and ActiveX and .NET development tools for Visual Studio C#/VB/C++. Software Toolbox works with its clients in all phases of projects to help them find and determine the right tools to use and to support overall project objectives and maximize their industrial software results.

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