Oracle by Example brandingConfigure Oracle IoT OPC UA Gateway Software to Integrate with OPC UA Server

section 0Before You Begin

This 15-minute tutorial shows you how to install, configure, and run the Oracle IoT OPC UA Gateway software to integrate an on-premise Open Platform Communications (OPC) Unified Architecture (UA) server with the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Production Monitoring Cloud Service application.

Background

OPC UA is a platform-independent, open-communication protocol for industrial automation. It's used in many industries, such as building automation, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, process control, oil and gas, and industrial robotics. Many types of devices, sensors, and aggregating servers provide an OPC UA server interface and access to data through this interface.

Oracle IoT OPC UA Gateway software communicates with an on-premise OPC UA server by using Eclipse Milo Library, retrieves data from sensors and other sources, and then synchronizes this data with an instance of Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service by using Oracle IoT Java Client Library..
Note that for integrating with an OPC UA server in the cloud, you use the Oracle IoT OPC UA Connector that is covered in another tutorial.

The following diagram illustrates the Oracle IoT OPC UA Gateway software, the OPC UA server, and the Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service application. Oracle IoT OPC UA Gateway software uses Eclipse Milo Library to communicate with the OPC UA Server and Oracle IoT Java Client Library to communicate with Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service.

The architecture diagram for integration of the OPC UA server with Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service
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In this tutorial, you use a demo OPC UA server, air-conditioner controller sensor data, and Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service application for the integration.

What Do You Need?


section 1Create a Factory

Before you integrate, a factory should exist in your Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service instance.

  1. Sign in to your instance of Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service.
  2. The Map view of the Operation Center is displayed. Click Menu main menu icon.
  3. On the left navigation bar, click Configuration.
  4. On the Factories page, click Add create new icon.
  5. On the Factory page, enter the following mandatory details:
    • ID: DemoFactory
    • Name: Demo factory
  6. Note the Factory ID for later use. Click Save and then click Back.

section 2Install and Configure the Oracle IoT Cloud Gateway Software for OPC UA

  1. Extract the iotcs-opcua-gateway-<version>.zip file.
  2. To configure the software for the Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service instance, in the /config/opcua-gateway.properties file, enter values for the following fields as described in the file:
    • iotcs.host
    • iotcs.username
    • iotcs.password (not mandatory. If left empty, you will be prompted for a password on the console when the script runs)
    • opcua.host
    • opcua.username (not mandatory if the OPC UA server supports anonymous access)
    • factory.id (more information in Section 1)
    • mapping.files (more information in Section 3)


section 3Create a Mapping File

For each machine type to be configured in the Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service instance, you need to create a separate mapping/CSV file. In this section, you review a sample AirConditioner.csv that is used when the machine types do not exist in your Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service instance.

  1. Click AirConditioner.csv and Furnace.csv, save them in the iotcs-opcua-gateway-<version>/config folder.
  2. Notice the following format used in AirConditioner.csv:
    • First column heading is the ID of the machine type, and second column heading is the name of the machine type, which is AirConditioner in the example. For AirConditioner.csv, the first column heading is left blank. If machine types already exist in your Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service instance or imported from Oracle Manufacturing Cloud, then add the machine type ID field name in the first row first column of the mapping file.
    • Remaining column headings are the sensor attribute names attached to the machine type. Humidity and Temperature are examples.
    • First column from second row are the machine IDs that should be unique in the Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service instance. AirConditioner1 is an example.
    • Second column from second row are the machine names. AirConditioner1 is an example.
    • Remaining columns from second row have Node IDs of the sensor attributes, which are as follows, in the example:
      "ns=3;s=AirConditioner_1.Humidity","ns=3;s=AirConditioner_1.Temperature"
    • Node IDs are specially formatted strings of text that identify a unique OPC UA node. Each Node ID contains a namespace index and an identifier separated by a semicolon. In the example, ns=3 is the namespace of the Node ID 3 and s=AirConditioner_1.Humidity is an identifier of type String and value AirConditioner_1.Humidity.

    Note: If you use the demo OPC UA server at opc.tcp://opcuaserver.com:48010, then the CSV file maps the incoming sensor data from the air-conditioners to machines AirConditioner1, AirConditioner2, etc. in the Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service instance.

  3. If you do not use the demo OPC UA server, refer to the sample CSV files and create a new mapping file for each machine type.
  4. Ensure that your new, updated, or modified CSV files are referenced in the opcua-gateway.properties file accurately. Since each machine type has a CSV file, you can provide their names in the mapping.files field, separated by a comma.
    #example
    mapping.files= config/AirConditioner.csv, config/Furnace.csv

section 4Integrate the OPC UA Server with the Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service Application

  1. Ensure that you have completed Section 2 of this tutorial before you run the commands provided in this section. If your system is behind a firewall, ensure that you have set or export the value for HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY in your system settings.
    #example
    export HTTP_PROXY="some.proxy.com:port"
    export HTTPS_PROXY="some.proxy.com:port"
    For Windows environment, create HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY as environment variables, and set their values on your system.
  2. From the command line, go to the directory where you extracted iotcs-opc-ua-gateway-<version>.zip and change to the ./bin directory. With the opcua-gateway.properties properly configured, run the IoT OPC UA Gateway to start data ingestion from the OPC UA server.
    # for Windows
    opcua-gateway.bat
    # or # for Linux ./opcua-gateway.sh
  3. If you have used a security policy for connecting to the OPC UA server, go to the OPC UA server, open the OPC UA server administration or configuration tool, on the Certificates tab, right click the security policy entry
    and, select Trust.
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section 5Verify the Integration

Verify that the device messages are received by your Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud Service instance from the machines managed by the OPC UA server.

  1. Click Menu main menu icon and then click Operation Center. The Map view appears.
  2. On the map, locate and zoom in to the area where DemoFactory is located.
  3. Click the Factory factory icon icon. On the floor plan of the factory, click an air-conditioner machine icon.
  4. The dashboard of the air-conditioner machine appears. On the navigation bar, click Machine Sensors sensor icon.
  5. On the sensor data graph, select Time Period as Live. Notice that the live values of the Humidity and Temperature attributes are displayed on the graph.
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