Attention, .NET programmers! A new .NET Toolkit for energy monitoring makes it easier to develop your own energy management programs using data from the OptoEMU Sensor.
OptoEMU Sensor is an energy monitoring appliance that tracks energy use in your facility in real time. It then sends the energy data to online software services and to control or business systems.
This free, 100% managed toolkit provides a simple, easy-to-use interface so you can rapidly create an OptoEMU Sensor-based Windows application.
The toolkit is built using Microsoft's .NET 3.5 Framework and can be used with Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010. It's located in the Samples and Freeware section of our website.
Download the OptoEMU Sensor .NET Toolkit.
Here's a tip on updating controller or brain firmware when you have more than one device of the same type to update.
If they're all on the same network, you can easily do them all at once using PAC Manager.
1. Open PAC Manager (Start > Programs > Opto 22 > PAC Project > PAC Manager).
2. In the PAC Manager main window, from the Tools menu, choose Find Opto 22 MMP devices.
3. When the dialog box opens, click the Find button at lower left.
All the Opto 22 devices on your network will appear, as you see in the image at left.
4. Click the "Unit Type" column heading to sort by device type.
In this case, it looks like three of the SNAP-PAC-EB1 brains need updating to the current firmware.
5. Highlight the devices you want to update, as shown in the image below. (Remember, they must all have the same part number.)
6. Double-right-click (yes, double-RIGHT-click) the highlighted list, and the Maintenance window opens.
Notice that the Install Firmware command is selected and the IP addresses of the devices you chose are also highlighted as the targets for installation.
7. Locate the correct firmware file and click Execute.
The new firmware is updated on all the devices you chose. If you need to update other device types, close the Maintenance window and repeat the process.
Questions? Comments? Contact Product Support.
There's still time to enter our drawing for a complimentary full conference pass (an $895 value) to the West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) in Long Beach, California, June 15-16.
We'll be demonstrating the OptoEMU Sensor energy monitoring unit in Booth 329 at the Expo.
The West Coast EMC is for anyone interested in energy management, renewable energy, and green building design.
In addition to the free conference pass, 30 lucky winners will receive $300 off the full conference price. The contest runs through May 31; winners will be announced on June 1. Enter now.
Or to attend just the Expo exhibit hall (not the full conference), download a complimentary Expo pass.
Enter the contest.
Learn more about the WCEMC.
Those of you in Europe can also see the OptoEMU Sensor, this time at Electronics & Automation 2011 in Utrecht, Netherlands.
The exhibition is going on now and runs through Friday 27 May. Opto 22 distributor Mulder-Hardenberg will be at the exhibition, demonstrating the OptoEMU Sensor energy monitoring unit. Stop by and see how easy it can be to acquire real-time data on energy usage in your facility.