groov RIO - edge I/O
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groov RIO

Edge I/O

groov RIO - edge I/O
What is groov RIO?

groov RIO is an independent, intelligent Ethernet-based edge I/O module designed for IIoT and automation applications. It solves two main problems with most remote I/O today:

  • First, specifying all the required components (rack, power supply, bus coupler, module types, and more) is time-consuming, difficult, and requires special skills. 

  • Second, communicating data among field devices, control systems, business applications, and cloud services is complex and costly, requiring PLCs, custom programming, and other expensive middleware.

groov RIO revolutionizes remote I/O by solving both problems:

  • One part number. A single device provides sensing and control for 12 different signal types via built-in multifunction, multi-signal I/O channels, and packages it together with an intelligent I/O processor, power over Ethernet, two mounting options with no rack or chassis, and software—in a compact industrial housing. 

  • Built-in processing and communication. Embedded web-based configuration, flow logic software, efficient data communication methods like MQTT, and multiple operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) protocols simplify any application.

groov RIO is Edge I/O

These features make groov RIO a new kind of I/O product—edge I/O—that reduces IIoT complexity. Edge I/O and edge computing both offer traditional industrial functions at the edge of your network, which is the source of sensor and equipment data. But they also add the ability to easily connect to data consumers on a computer network or over the internet. .

Edge computing products like Opto 22’s groov EPIC edge programmable industrial controller are proving to be a scalable, efficient model for adding IoT connectivity to industrial applications. Now groov RIO brings that same kind of connectivity to the I/O level, without a controller, and simplifies the current complexity of IIoT applications. 

groov RIO gets the data now. No PLC, no PC, no middleware

  • Place the unit almost anywhere for remote I/O and data communications. It’s UL Hazardous Locations approved and ATEX compliant, DIN-rail or panel mounted, and may not even need an enclosure.

  • Connect to proprietary machines or processes without disturbing them, paralleling machine I/O to gain the data you need to use elsewhere. 

  • Supply power to groov RIO and field I/O through the ETH1 network interface using Power over Ethernet. Or connect a 10-32 VDC power supply.

  • Connect your own Wi-Fi adapter, USB memory stick for local data storage (up to 32 GB), or USB-to-serial adapter.

  • Configure the flexible multi-signal, multifunction I/O channels from any device with a web browser.

  • Create and run up to four PID control loops locally and independently. No PLC, PAC, or PC needed. (Requires groov RIO firmware 3.0 or higher.)

  • Enable MQTT on RIO to securely and efficiently send data—as Sparkplug-B or string payloads—to MQTT brokers on premises or in the cloud. Other devices and software can subscribe to the data as needed. 

  • Create simple data flows with built-in Node-RED to send data to cloud services, databases, other I/O channels, and APIs through pre-built nodes.

  • Manage security, including device firewall, security certificates, and user authentication and permissions via LDAP centralized user account management (LDAP requires groov RIO firmware 3.0 or higher).

“serving wide ranges of services in energy and power quality disciplines”