groov Product Comparison

With groov Products, your automation and IIoT applications are easier to install, develop, and maintain. Whatever you need—realtime industrial control; distributed I/O; monitoring and visualization; data acquisition, processing, and communications—there's a groov product designed to help simplify your job.

This chart compares features for groov EPIC, groov RIO, and groov Server for Windows. Which one is best for your project?

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  groov EPIC groov RIO groov Server for Windows
Description Edge programmable industrial controller Universal edge I/O Universal edge I/O with Ignition Edge Energy monitoring edge I/O Server for groov View HMI​
Industrially hardened device x x x x x  
Software that runs on Windows PC           x
Field I/O 0-16 groov I/O modules can be placed on same chassis Built-in, software configurable I/O 64 energy data channels  
Real-time industrial control x x        
I/O x x x x x  
Data processing x x x x x  
Data communication x x x x x  
IIoT connectivity x x x x x  
Visualization (HMI) x x x* x* x* x
Control programming - PAC Control software
- CODESYS® Development System (all IEC 61131-3 compliant languages)
- Custom programs run via secure shell access (SSH)
n/a n/a
Node-RED (data flows) x x x x x  
Ignition from Inductive Automation® (additional cost) Ignition 7 (or 8**) Ignition 8   Ignition 8    
Ignition Edge® (additional cost; drivers for Allen-Bradley® & Siemen®s PLCs, Modbus®/TCP devices & software; MQTT communications) Ignition Edge 7 (or 8**) Ignition Edge 8   Ignition Edge 8    
groov View (HMIs for mobile devices, PCs, any device with a web browser) x x       x
groov Manage (configuration) x x x x x  
Secure shell access (SSH) x x x x x  
   IIoT Connectivity
OPC UA x x   via Ignition or Ignition Edge   x
MQTT with Sparkplug B x x x x x  
Node-RED x x x x x  
RESTful APIs - PAC Control variables
- groov Manage (to I/O)
- groov View Data Stores
groov Manage (to I/O) groov Manage (to I/O) groov Manage (to I/O) groov View Data Stores
   Data Handling
Data acquisition x x x x x  
Data storage x x x x x  
Data processing x x via Node-RED via Node-RED via Node-RED  
Data communication x x x x x  
   Security and Networking
Data encryption (HTTPS/TLS) x x x x x x
User authentication x x x x x x
Self-signed or Certificate Authority certificates x x x x x x
Device firewall, configurable x x x x x  
LDAP support x x x x x  
VPN client x x x x x (Depends on IT)
Two independent Ethernet NICs (different IP addresses) x x       (Depends on PC)
Two switched Ethernet NICs (same IP address)     x x x  
HDMI ports One (for external monitor)          
USB ports Two USB 2.0 (for external keyboard or mouse, WiFi adapter, serial adapter, approved USB Bluetooth adapter, or USB memory stick to 32 GB) One USB 2.0 (for WiFi adapter, serial adapter, or USB memory stick to 32 GB)  
Built-in, high-resolution color touchscreen display x x        
Mounting Requires groov EPIC chassis. Chassis is DIN-rail or panel mounted. Self-contained; DIN-rail or panel mounted n/a
Power AC, DC, or pass-through power supply options on chassis Power over Ethernet or 10–32 VDC input n/a
Operating temperature -20 °C to +70 °C -20 °C to +70 °C n/a
Storage temperature -40 °C to +85 °C -40 °C to +85 °C n/a
Relative humidity, non-condensing (operating) 5-95% 5-95% n/a
Agency approvals UL/cUL (Class 1 Div. 2), CE, ATEX (Category 3, Zone 2), RoHS, DFARS UL/cUL(Class 1 Div. 2); CE, ATEX (Category 3, Zone 2), RoHS; DFARS; CB Scheme n/a
Warranty Processor: 30 months. Most I/O modules: lifetime warranty. 30 months n/a
*Via Node-RED Dashboard UI
**GRV-EPIC-PR2 is recommended for Ignition version 8, due to its larger memory.