Dropzone File Import

system:inmation’s powerful Dropzone feature allows you to import time series data from a chosen file source. The imported data is converted into an OPC compliant format so your file data can be handled exactly like any other OPC item (including historization and aggregation). Although imported files should contain certain information to simulate an OPC item, the system is highly flexible in the formats it accepts, including a host of configurable options to make the file-based data import feature as easy to use as possible.

The Dropzone Datasource is designed to work with file directories local to the parent Connector instance. Remote access over a network to a file is not supported, either via UNC path ("\...") or over a mapped network drive ("H:\..").
Dropzone Overview
Figure 1. Dropzone Overview

Any number of Dropzone data sources can be added to a Connector object and a variety of file types are accepted as inputs (separated text, XML data, JSON data, MS-Excel Workbooks and MS-Access database files). For different file types there are certain variations and restrictions that apply.

For details on how to create and configure a Dropzone Datasource, please see the Dropzone Jumpstart.