AggreGate Platform

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AggreGate Platform
AggreGate Platform Logo
AggreGate Dashboard
Dashboard in AggreGate Client
Developer(s) Tibbo Technology Inc.
Initial release October 10, 2002 (2002-10-10)
Stable release 4.50.03 / April 4, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-04-04)
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English, Russian, Chinese
Type Device management, Machine-to-Machine, Remote monitoring
License Proprietary EULA
Website http://aggregate.tibbo.com

AggreGate Device Management Platform is a software framework used for monitoring and managing diverse hardware devices. Though often used in OEM projects, AggreGate offers several out-of-box solutions in areas such as network management, industrial and building automation, physical access control, and attendance monitoring.

Such a generic hardware management platform has become possible because device management and remote monitoring systems in diverse arenas share much common functionality. For example, alerting, reporting, role-based access control and failover clustering are common for both SCADA and network management systems.

Details[edit]

The system's core concept is device data normalization. Any device may be represented using variables, functions and events. By reading/writing variables, calling functions and subscribing to events, any device can be controlled. Thus, AggreGate uses software device drivers and hardware protocol converters ("Agents"[1]) to normalize device data and inject it into the live system. Device data and metadata is cached in the database to provide instant access that doesn't involve any I/O with the hardware.

Typically, device management project involves three stages:

  • Developing device drivers for the hardware
  • Creating custom data processing and presentation tools (report templates, widgets, alerts, etc.)
  • Configuring third-party systems to work with AggreGate APIs

History[edit]

AggreGate was initially called LinkServer, since its first versions could only route raw data between hardware devices located across LANs. At the time, the system facilitated firewall penetration, obviating static "white" device IP addresses. Beginning with v3.0 (released 2006), the system was able to parse and process device data. V3.0 also introduced centralized configuration data storage and delayed writes, allowing batch setup of devices that have unstable or periodic server connections.

The system was used only in OEM projects (such as managing open-source programmable time recorders[2]) till 2008. The first public release of AggreGate was published in February 2008.[3] In summer 2008 Tibbo released AggreGate Network Manager (7th place in WindowsNetworking.com Readers' Choice Awards for 2011[4]), the first fully packaged product based on the platform. A year later, in 2009, the AggreGate Time and Attendance product was released, followed by AggreGate SCADA/HMI later this year.

Solutions[edit]

There are currently five end-user products based on AggreGate Platform:

  • AggreGate Network Manager[5] – for monitoring and managing IP networks
  • AggreGate SCADA/HMI[6] – industrial control and automation system
  • AggreGate Time and Attendance – corporate employee attendance management solution
  • AggreGate Access Control – physical access control system
  • AggreGate Building Automation – for smart building infrastructure management

Other solutions based on AggreGate include remote monitoring, fleet management, vending machines management, sensor network control, automatic meter reading, people/vehicle counting, digital signage, mobile device management, event management and home automation. It was also used as a base of some educational projects.[7]

The underlying platform provides a high level of flexibility for creating derived solutions. However, the system of often criticized for its complex user interface.[8]

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