Every ReportLoq + installation consists of three elements

The combination of the three elements is many and depends on your requirements for uptime, IT security, existing infrastructure and access to support.
The complete system is also called a DAHS (Data Acquisition and Handling System).

Concept - ReportLoq

Data collector

The data collector can be connected to the Automatic Measuring System (AMS) and the control system and is responsible for the collection of all environmental data. It is recommended to place the data collector close to the source of data so that there is the least possible risk of data loss due to wirebreak. The data collector has data stored for 30 days and has the task of collecting data and acting as a link between AMS and the control system.

The data collector is a Beckhoff CX5130 and comes pre-installed with ReportLoq software built for data collection and exchange of data with control systems. Supported protocols include Profibus, Profinet, Modbus, Hardwired 4-20, OPC UA, Ethernet TCP.

Redundancy
The highest level of security is achieved with two data collectors. This does not interrupt data collection if one device shuts down.

Beckhoff CX5130

Environmental calculator

All environmental calculations are performed in a ReportLoq server. The server can be:

  • Located on own plot – ReportLoq +
  • In Olicem’s data center – ReportLoq + Pure Cloud
  • A combination of both – ReportLoq + Cloud

The supplied server can be of the following types:

  • Rack Server (Default: Dell)
  • Virtual server (OVA image)
  • Beckhoff IPC C6920 (incl. Embedded data collector)

Rack server
The supplied rack server comes with redundant disks with a hotspare (RAID 1 + 1). This means that you have an extra disk which quickly takes over in the event of a fault on one of the primary disks. The server also has redundant power supplies.

Pros : Redundancy on the hardware that most often fails in a server.

Virtual server
When selecting a virtual server, an OVA image is provided with Windows Server edition and ReportLoq software for insertion into existing data centers.

Advantages : Possibility of using existing data center with patching, backup, failover and monitoring.

Beckhoff IPC C6920
The IPC is an Industrial PC provided by Beckhoff, which combines the ReportLoq server with the data collector into one piece of hardware.

Advantages : Lower price due to less hardware. Easy to use on installations without server space, as IPC sits directly in the board with equipment.

Dell rack server

Rack server

Beckhoff IPC C6920

Crypto module

All cloud-based versions of ReportLoq include a crypto module, which provides a secure connection between the local ReportLoq equipment and Olicem’s data center.

The connection is used to patch and update ReportLoq and at the same time creates a secure tunnel for data transfer.

A Secomea Sitemanager is used for this purpose, which connects to https://gm.olicem.com. Therefore, it is only necessary to make one outbound connection through the firewall on TCP port 443 for the module to work.

The offline versions of ReportLoq can be disconnected from the Internet after commissioning. As ReportLoq + Cloud and ReportLoq Pure Cloud continuously upload logged data to Olicem’s data center for further processing, the module must always be online.

ReportLoq + Pure Cloud
This version uses a Secomea Sitemanager Embedded. This means that the hardware module has been replaced with a software version which is installed directly on the data collector. This makes the solution simpler and at the same time means that the price is lower.

Datacenter

It is recommended that ReportLoq provide Internet access to Olicem’s data center. The connection makes it easy to keep ReportLoq up to date and simplifies the process by changing reporting requirements.

In addition to updates, ReportLoq + Cloud and ReportLoq + Pure Cloud both use Olicem’s data center for environmental calculations. Data is uploaded encrypted to the center and accessed via https://www.reportloq.com. The upload is automatic and supports cache-up when disconnecting.

The connection between the local ReportLoq equipment (DAHS) and the data center is via https://gm.olicem.com and is encrypted with unique X509 certificates.

All access to www.reportloq.com is protected by username and password and is under SSL encryption.

In the data center, all data is backed up on an ongoing basis, and all servers are patched on an ongoing basis.