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Ethernet/IP provides support for energy management

03 May 2012

The ODVA has released its first round of specification enhancements for 2012, including publication of expanded capabilities for the optimisation of energy usage on EtherNet/IP and other CIP Networks, including DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet. The EtherNet/IP specification now includes a comprehensive set of functions for energy awareness and power management and allows users to conserve energy with reduced power usage during non-operational states of devices and equipme

The energy functionality in CIP and EtherNet/IP allows users to measure energy consumption as well as consume energy more efficiently. The April 2012 publication of the ODVA network specifications includes a range of updates for network management, including the addition of a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) agent in an EtherNet/IP device, and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) as another option for high availability, alongside Device Level Ring, for devices with multiple Ethernet ports and embedded switch technology.

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