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Connectivity

Just connect. It's simple and secure.

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Just connect. It's simple and secure.

Here's how you connect your dots. Pick industrial-grade hardware, use free source-code tools, integrate your apps and data across networks, or build your own gateway with our industry-standard API. And then, service and maintain "your dots" with Remote Services

Connect your device

There's any number of ways you can use Industrial IoT to connect a device.

You can connect a single asset or connect several assets of the same type across sites. The sites can be yours - or your customer's. Easy to onboard and update, low-bandwith but bidirectional: Meet our most popular connectors.

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MindConnect IoT2040:
Ideal for smaller production setups

This plug-and-play connector gives you near real-time insight into one industrial process. Data reading cycle: up to 30 data points per second and 5 connections.

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MindConnect MQTT:
Connect MQTT devices, apps and services

Seamlessly connect your devices with zero touch onboarding and leverage secure bidirectional connectivity.

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MindConnect API/LIB:
Build your own agent

Use the free SDK with source code to build your own agent on a hardware of your choice. In addition, you can simply use the RESTful APIs to build your own agents with a choice of programming language.

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MindConnect Software Agent:
Turn your hardware into a gateway

This out-of-the-box software solution creates an agent out of already existing hardware. It comes with advanced drivers, edge computing and runs on Linux Docker or Windows 10 with Hyper-V.

Connect your shopfloor / operation

Gain transparency, cut cost and complexity, or add flexibility: Connecting shopfloor assets with Industrial IoT supports many different goals, and approaches. You can connect a host of different interconnected assets, at one or more sites. Pick one powerful device that supports many connections, or run several virtualized devices in a data center. Whatever solution you choose, all agents and connectors are easy to set up and configure. Goodbye complexity, hello freedom!

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MindConnect Nano:
Ideal for complex use cases

This plug-and-play connector gives you near real-time business insight into multiple field devices. Data reading cycle: up to 250 data points per second and 30 connections.

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MindConnect IoT2050:
A powerful and versatile allrounder

This ready-to-use connector gathers data using a range of protocols. It comes with advanced drivers and adds a local webserver and edge computing capabilities to your asset.

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Industrial Edge & IIoT Connector:
Power couples for every challenge

Use any edge device and connector to collect your data. Want an even better fit? Expand their capabilities with apps, bought or built.

Select Category: Devices

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MindConnect Software Agent:
Turn your hardware into a gateway

This out-of-the-box software solution creates an agent out of already existing hardware. It comes with advanced drivers, edge computing and runs on Linux Docker or Windows 10 with Hyper-V.

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You want network components in different networks to talk to each other? Here's how..

You want to give your customer's apps access to apps and data hosted in another network? The Remote Services is an out-of-the-box solution for setting up a secure communication infrastructure. It is fast, easy to set up, and versatile. It supports encrypted access, app-specific protocols, and multi-partner service relations. It supports remote engineering or access to apps and data located on devices in other networks.

Your connectivity portfolio at a glance

Hardware solutions

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Ideal for smaller production setups

MindConnect IoT2040
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A powerful and versatile allrounder

MindConnect IoT2050
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Ideal for complex use cases

MindConnect Nano

Software solutions

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Connect apps and services

MindConnect MQTT
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Turn you hardware into gateways

MindConnect Software Agent

Get the support you need

FAQs

Yes, you can use non-Siemens hardware and software that support standard communication protocols and develop a connectivity solution to send data to Insights Hub (Using MQTT, MindConnect API, MindConnect LIB and so on).

Besides these possibilities, many Siemens hardware devices and software can already connect easily to Insights Hub, using MindConnect Elements

Learn more

Yes. Develop your hardware with our MindConnect Lib SDK with C Programming (see) or the MindConnect API with any programming language you choose. Use an SDK of your choice and connect to Insights Hub with MindConnect MQTT, or use the connectivity solution MindConnect Software Agent (MCSA).

Yes you can use your existing hardware and software using the MindConnect LIB SDK (see) to create a gateway.

You can also use MindConnect Software Agent (MCSA) in your hardware to connect and send data to Insights Hub (see). It is available for Windows and also as a dockerized version.

Support Center
Your one-stop support hub

Browse the knowledge base to find answers or get in touch with product support. Sign in with your Webkey / Insights Hub credentials.

Online Community
A great community to be part of

Ask questions and share ideas with Siemens customers who use Industrial IoT.

Learn about connecting the dots

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Connectivity training

Learn how to use MindConnect elements to connect your single device or an entire shop floor.

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How-tos and tutorials

Shape your own learning journey with Siemens comprehensive resources on connectivity and connected assets.

More resources

Insights Hub Edge Analytics

Use high-frequency data from your devices to monitor their condition. Calculate results and send them to Insight Hub.

Agent Diagnostic

Monitor agents and debug connectivity challenges.


Last update: February 8, 2024