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) -- 06/18/13 -- Software Toolbox(R)
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
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
"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:
-- Siemens(R) S7 Ethernet supports Boolean Arrays - The driver can now
address arrays of Boolean data type memory.
-- Other Driver Updates - Drivers with expanded functionality and
improvements include ControlLogix Ethernet and DNP3 Suite. For full
details of updates and enhancements in TOP Server Version 5.12, please
see the release notes.
TOP Server Version 5.12 is available for download or as an upgrade for
users with active support and maintenance contracts at
NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution 300dpi graphics for TOP Server
Version 5.12 are available for download at the following link:
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