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How to Transfer Data from Siemens to AWS IoT

Siemens-->>Open Automation Software-->>AWS IoT

Open Automation Software can be used to transfer data from Siemens S7-200, S7-300, S7-400, S7-1200, and S7-1500 controllers to an AWS IoT Gateway, locally or over a network.  This tutorial walks you through downloading and installing OAS, configuring a Siemens and an AWS IoT driver, configuring Siemens and AWS IoT tags and implementing Data Route.

Step 1. Download and Install the Open Automation Software and Start the OAS Service

If you have not already done so, you will need to download and install the OAS platform.  Fully functional trial versions of the software are available for Windows, Windows IoT Core, Linux, Raspberry Pi and Docker on our downloads page.

On Windows run the downloaded Setup.exe file to install one or more of the Open Automation Software features. Select the default Typical installation if you are not sure what features to use or the Custom installation if you want to save disk space on the target system.  When prompted agree to the End User License Agreement to continue the installation.

For more detailed instructions and video tutorials, visit the installation guide for your system:
Windows Installation | Linux Installation | Raspberry Pi Installation | Dockers Installation

When the installation is finished the OAS Service Control application will appear.  Use this application to start the 4 Services. If this is the first time installing the software it will automatically enter Runtime with an example Tag Configuration.


Step 2. Configure Your Siemens Data Source

  1. First, you will need to open the Configure OAS application from the program group Open Automation Software.

  2. Select Configure >> License from the top menu and verify that Siemens is one of the available Drivers in the lower left of the form. The demo license will have this by default. If you do not see Siemens available, contact support@openautomationsoftware.com to update your license.

  3. Select Configure >> Drivers from the top menu.


  4. Select localhost or the remote service you wish to modify with the Select button to the right of the Network Node list.


  5. The Configure Drivers Screen will appear. Select Siemens from the Driver dropdown box.


  6. Enter a meaningful Driver Interface Name that you will refer to this physical connection when defining Tags with a Siemens Data Source.

  7. Define the properties for the desired physical connection.

  8. Click the Add Driver button above the Driver list in the left pane to add the Driver Interface as an available selection when defining Tags in the next step.

For more detailed instructions on configuring your Siemens data source, click here to see our Getting Started Siemens tutorial.


Step 3.

Configure Web Services on OAS

Open the OAS Configuration application and select Configure > Options, then select the network node (localhost if working on the local machine) and click Select. Under the Networking tab, locate the field for REST API/WebHMI Port Number. The default is 58725 but can be changed. If you are accessing the server from a remote client, you will also need to make sure your machine and/or company firewalls allow TCP traffic on the selected port. If you are using SSL we suggest using a different port number such as 58726 to avoid port conflicts. You can find more detailed information in our knowledge base article Configuring OAS Web Services.

Create a Project Directory and Copy External Libraries

Create a project directory. (Example C:\myWebHMI). Then copy the following files from your OAS installation directory (Likely: C:\Program Files\Open Automation Software\OAS\HTML_HMI) into the appropriate directories:

  1. js/lib/jquery-1.8.3.min.js
  2. js/lib/json2.js
  3. js/opc-lib-min.js
  4. css/opc-style.css

You can use any version of jQuery as long as it is v1.8 or greater, and the json2 library is only necessary for older browsers such as IE 8.

Enter Basic HTML Code

Open/create a new text document and add the following minimum code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
     <head>
          <script type="text/javascript" src="js/opc-lib-min.js"></script>
          <script type="text/javascript" src="js/lib/json2.js"></script>
          <link rel="stylesheet" stype="text/css" href="css/opc-style.css"/>
          <script type="text/javascript">
               OPC_config = { token:'7e61b230-481d-4551-b24b-ba9046e3d8f2',
               serverURL: 'http://localhost:58725' }; 
          </script> 
     </head> 
     <body>
     </body>
</html>

Change the serverURL in the script tag above to the IP Address, Network Node Name, or registered domain name of the Linux or Windows devices where the OAS Engine is located.

HTML to Display Tag Data

In the body add the following code to display the Ramp tag value, Pump tag value and a button to toggle the Pump Tag:

<div>Ramp Value = <label id="txt1" opc-tag-txt='{"tag":"Ramp.Value","config":{"formats":{"bad_q":"?????","float":"0.0"}}}' ></label></div>
<div>Pump Value = <label id="txt2" opc-tag-txt='{"tag":"Pump.Value","config":{"formats":{"bad_q":"?????"}}}' ></label></div>
<div><button id="tog2" opc-tag-set='{"tag":"Pump.Value","config":{"evt":"click","set":"toggle","set_src":""}}'>Toggle Pump</button></div>

If a tag is in a group, preface it with the group name in your markup. For example: BuildingA.Pump.Value. If the tag is located on a different system than the serverURL or you want to host data from multiple OAS Engines use the Remote Tag Access syntax. You can learn more about that here: Getting Started – Networking.

OAS Web HMI Wizard

If you are not super comfortable with HTML, you can use our Web HMI Wizard to help you create the markup to display your tag data. There is a tutorial about it here: Web HMI Wizard Tutorial.



Save your file. Deploy your application to any web server. This can be IIS on Windows, or any HTTP server on Linux, and even cloud hosting services. To see the results open a browser to the location of your HTML file.

Your final code should look like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>
     <head>
          <script type="text/javascript" src="js/opc-lib-min.js"></script>
          <script type="text/javascript" src="js/lib/json2.js"></script>
          <link rel="stylesheet" stype="text/css" href="css/opc-style.css"/>
          <script type="text/javascript">
               OPC_config = { token:'7e61b230-481d-4551-b24b-ba9046e3d8f2',
               serverURL: 'http://localhost:58725' };
          </script>
     </head>
     <body>
          <div>Ramp Value = <label id="txt1" opc-tag-txt='{"tag":"Ramp.Value","config":{"formats":{"bad_q":"?????","float":"0.0"}}}' ></label></div>
          <div>Pump Value = <label id="txt2" opc-tag-txt='{"tag":"Pump.Value","config":{"formats":{"bad_q":"?????"}}}' ></label></div>
          <div><button id="tog2" opc-tag-set='{"tag":"Pump.Value","config":{"evt":"click","set":"toggle","set_src":""}}'>Toggle Pump</button></div>
     </body>
</html>

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Step 4. Configure Your Siemens Tags

OAS provides multiple ways to add and define tags:

To add a Tag manually:

  1. In the OAS Configure Application, select Configure >> Tags from the top menu.


  2. Select localhost or the remote service you wish to modify with the Select button to the right of the Network Node list.


  3. Click on the Add Tag button located at the top of the Tag browser on the left portion of the screen.


  4. A dialog box will appear. Enter a name for your new tag and click ok.

  5. A configuration screen will appear for your new tag. Select your data source type in in the Data Source dropdown box.


  6. Specify the correct data type in the Data Type dropdown box.

  7. Click Apply Changes at the bottom right of the window.

For more detailed instructions on configuring your tags, click here to see our Getting Started Tags tutorial.


Step 5. Repeat Step 4 with Your AWS IoT Tags

Step 6. Configure the Target Tab of the Source Tags

  1. Select one of your source tags.

  2. Select it’s Target tab.


  3. Enable Write to Target

  4. Select the Target Type (Tag, OPC, Azure IoT, Azure IoT Edge, or MQTT) from the dropdown.

  5. Select the destination for the value to be sent. If Tag is selected then select Browse and select the desired tag from the localhost system or optionally a remote system for transfer over a network.



    Local: TagName.Value

    Remote: \\192.168.0.1\TagName.Value

    If OPC Item is selected select browse and select the OPC Server and Item



    If Azure IoT is selected then select the Driver Interface.



    If MQTT is selected then select the Driver Interface and Topic.




  6. Enter the desired float value Deadband field. Enter 0 for no deadband.

  7. If you want to specify a desired update frequency for the target check Write Continuously and enter the desired frequency. If Write Contentiously is unchecked the the target will be updated every time the source tag changes.

  8. Click the Apply Changes button to save your changes.

  9. Repeat this step for each tag that you want to transfer data from. This can also be done in bulk with CSV Import/Export or programatically.

For more detailed instructions on Configuring Data Route functionality, visit our Getting Started – Data Route tutorial or watch the video below: