Manufacturers and industrial producers are gaining insight into their operations through connected technology. FactoryTalk AssetCentre v7.0 software helps manage automation assets. The software automates discovery and tracks the status of devices, network switches and software on workstation computers across an entire facility or production operation. It streamlines life-cycle management and helps decrease unplanned downtime.
In the evolving world of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), assets are becoming more intelligent, but it remains a challenge to identify and inventory every asset in a system. The FactoryTalk asset-inventory agent scans a network to discover hardware, firmware and software information for assets active in the facility. The devices are then tracked in an active asset inventory.
The asset-inventory agent can be scheduled to scan at regular intervals or run on demand. New discoveries are compiled for user confirmation before they are added to the active inventory. Ongoing tracking of updates provides a history of how a system has changed and potential hazards, such as workstation computers running unauthorized software. Manual entry is still available for devices that are not identifiable during the scan or to fill in missing information or attributes for discovered devices.
The asset-inventory agent will automatically discover all of the current firmware, IP address and additional data that will help define the project. The automated discovery will also help when patching security vulnerabilities.
This latest version includes a mobile-friendly dashboard providing access to information about the status of last search results with drill-down capabilities to view failures and successes. The dashboard displays an audit log of changes and asset performance, helping users remotely access the system and address potential issues from device of their choice.
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