The InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software includes over 240 drivers with install, including Ethernet and Serial (RS-232 and RS-485), and dedicated high-speed networks. IWS can connect to all of these, and more importantly, can share data between these different proprietary and open protocols.
Any driver or protocol, including OPC can be used to share information between what would ordinarily be dissimilar networks. In addition, IWS can act as a bridge between different protocols from different brands of equipment. Use the IWS SCADA software to communicate between an Allen Bradley and a Siemens device, or an Omron and a Schneider device. More than PLCs, a good SCADA software can act as a bridge between temperature controllers, or even a drive/motion controller or barcode reader.
Many plants or process facilities are often standardized on a single control architecture, but as technologies change, there is often a need to bring in new equipment, possibly from another manufacturer. In this case, a SCADA software like InduSoft Web Studio can help ensure that even dissimilar devices can share data with one another seamlessly. IWS can tie everything together.