(19)
(11)EP 3 349 478 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
10.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/24

(21)Application number: 15903545.0

(22)Date of filing:  08.09.2015
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04Q 9/00(2006.01)
H04M 11/00(2006.01)
H04L 29/06(2006.01)
H04M 3/00(2006.01)
H04L 29/08(2006.01)
H04L 12/28(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2015/075447
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/042879 (16.03.2017 Gazette  2017/11)

(54)

CONTROL SYSTEM AND MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

STEUERUNGSSYSTEM UND VERWALTUNGSVORRICHTUNG

SYSTÈME DE COMMANDE ET APPAREIL DE GESTION


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(43)Date of publication of application:
18.07.2018 Bulletin 2018/29

(73)Proprietor: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-8310 (JP)

(72)Inventor:
  • ISHIZAKA Taichi
    Tokyo 100-8310 (JP)

(74)Representative: Studio Torta S.p.A. 
Via Viotti, 9
10121 Torino
10121 Torino (IT)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A2-02/27640
JP-A- 2006 060 439
US-A1- 2005 246 408
WO-A2-2005/060611
JP-A- 2014 196 851
US-A1- 2006 031 457
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present disclosure relates to a control system and a facility-device management apparatus.

    Background Art



    [0002] Technology for managing, via a network, facility devices such as air conditioners and lighting is becoming more widespread. In particular, in some buildings with numerous facility devices, the facility devices installed are monitored by a terminal connected, via a network, to the facility devices.

    Citation List



    [0003] For example, in Patent Literature, 1 discloses a configuration of facility management apparatus for collecting data of air-conditioning equipment and periodically transmitting the data, via a network, to a server computer in a remote location.

    Patent Literature



    [0004] 

    Patent Literature 1: Unexamined Japanese Patent Application Kokai Publication 2005-17815

    Patent Literature 2 : US 2006/031457

    Patent Literature 3 : US 2005/246408


    Summary of Invention


    Technical Problem



    [0005] However, conventional technology poses a problem in that, work performed to establish a configuration for communicating data over a network while ensuring security, is costly.

    [0006] Network-connected devices present an ever-increasing security risk as information technology continues to advance. Therefore, an administrator often imposes security restrictions on a system and network as he/she sees fit in order to protect devices and information from the threat of external unauthorized access.

    [0007] In the case of a network managed with a high-security standard, when a facility device is newly installed, the device must be configured so that the settings are in compliance with the security standard. This requires a worker having sufficient knowledge of security to spend time and effort configuring facility devices to be security-standard compliant, consequently increasing work-related costs.

    [0008] In order to solve the aforementioned problem, an objective of the present disclosure is to provide an easily implementable configuration that enables monitoring of facility devices via a network while ensuring security.

    Solution to Problem



    [0009] In order to achieve the aforementioned objective, a control system of the present disclosure is a system for transmitting to a remote monitoring server, first-protocol transmission data generated based on operation data acquired from a facility device. The control system includes a facility-device management apparatus according to claim 1 configured to generate the first-protocol transmission data based on the operation data; and a relay device configured to communicate with the remote monitoring server via a network configured based on a first protocol, the relay device further configured to communicate with the facility-device management apparatus via a connection configured based on a second protocol. The facility-device management apparatus includes setting means for setting whether or not to transmit the first-protocol transmission data to the remote monitoring server; first transmission means for transmitting, when the first-protocol transmission data is set to be transmitted to the remote monitoring server, the first-protocol transmission data to the remote monitoring server; and second transmission means for, when the first-protocol transmission data is set not to be transmitted to the remote monitoring server, converting the first-protocol transmission data into second-protocol transmission data, and transmitting the second-protocol transmission data to the relay device. The relay device includes forwarding means for receiving the second-protocol transmission data from the facility-device management apparatus, converting the second-protocol transmission data into the first-protocol transmission data, and transmitting the first-protocol transmission data to the network.

    Advantageous Effects of Invention



    [0010] The present disclosure provides an easily implementable configuration that enables monitoring of facility devices via a network while ensuring security.

    Brief Description of Drawings



    [0011] 

    FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram illustrating a control system according to Embodiment 1;

    FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating hardware a configuration of a facility-device management apparatus;

    FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a functional configuration implemented by a controller of the facility-device management apparatus;

    FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating data content stored in the storage device;

    FIG. 5 is a block diagram illustrating a hardware configuration of a relay device;

    FIG. 6 is a block diagram illustrating a function configuration to be implemented by a controller of the relay device according to Embodiment 1;

    FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating a data flow example occurring when the control system transmits operation data to a remote monitoring server;

    FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating another data flow example occurring when the control system transmits operation data to the remote monitoring server; and

    FIG. 9 is a block diagram illustrating a function configuration implemented by the controller of relay device according to Modified Embodiment 1.


    Description of Embodiments



    [0012] The embodiments of the present disclosure are described in detail below with reference to the drawings. However the same reference signs are used for the same parts throughout the drawings. The terms "up", "down", "left", and "right" are used in the below description with respect to the drawings. These terms are used merely to facilitate understanding and in no way limit the scope of the present disclosure.

    [0013] Background Example A control system 1 of the present background example, as illustrated in FIG. 1, includes a facility-device management apparatus 100 for managing facility devices (facility devices 2a and 2b to 2n) and a relay device 200 that is connected to the facility-device management apparatus 100. The facility-device management apparatus 100 acquires, from each of the facility devices (facility devices 2a and 2b to 2n) targeted for monitoring, operation data indicating an operation state pertaining to the facility device, and stores the acquired operation data. Also, the facility-device management apparatus 100 periodically reports the stored operation data to a remote monitoring server 300. The relay 200 receives the operation data from the facility-device management apparatus 100 and then transmits the received operation data to the remote monitoring server 300 to which the operation data is to be reported.

    [0014] The facility-device management apparatus 100 is connected, via a facility device network 90, with each of the facility devices (facility devices 2a and 2b to 2n) installed in a facility 3, and transmits and receives data to and from each of the facility devices via the facility device network 90. More particularly, the facility-device management apparatus 100 acquires, from each of the facility devices, data indicating the running state of the corresponding facility device, and then stores the data as the operation data. The operation data contains, for example, information regarding power consumption, running environment (set temperature and airflow strength) and error events that occurred, in the targeted facility device. The facility device network 90 may be configured in accordance with any standard, for example by a general-purpose wired network such as a wired local area network (LAN) and/or by a dedicated line.

    [0015] The facility device (facility devices 2a and 2b to 2n) connected to the facility-device management apparatus 100 is installed in a room or a facility and is used as needed. Examples of facility devices include air conditioners, lighting, and room-entry management devices. However, the facility device is not restricted to these examples. The present background example is applicable to any kind of facility device. The example in FIG. 1 explicitly indicates that three facility devices 2a, 2b and 2n are connected to the facility-device management apparatus 100. However, there is no limit to the number of the facility devices that may be connected to facility-device management apparatus 100. That is, any number of the facility devices may be connected to the facility-device management apparatus 100.

    [0016] The facility-device management apparatus 100 is connected to the relay device 200 by a connection line 91. The connection line 91 that is configured by a cable connection utilizing Universal Serial Bus (USB) protocol is described as an example in the present background example.

    [0017] The relay device 200 is connected to the facility-device management apparatus 100 via the connection line 91, and data may be transmitted and received between both of the device and the apparatus. Further, the relay device 200 is connected to an intra-facility LAN 92. The intra-facility LAN 92 is a LAN in conformity to a protocol such as Ethernet (registered trademark) and Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and is connected to the Internet 93. The relay device 200 is connected, via the intra-facility LAN 92, to the Internet 93 and communicates with an external device connected to another LAN that is connected to the Internet.

    [0018] The remote monitoring server 300 is a computer device that receives, from the facility-device management apparatus 100, the operation data stored therein. The remote monitoring server 300 is connected to the Internet 93 via a server LAN 94. The remote monitoring server 300, by way of the LAN 94, the Internet 93, and the intra-facility LAN 92, receives the operation data transmitted by the relay device 200 and transmits any necessary data (instructions requesting operation data, for example) to the relay device 200.

    [0019] The facility-device management apparatus 100 has a function to transmit operation data to the remote monitoring server 300 via the intra-facility LAN 92 when the facility-device management apparatus 100 is directly connected to the intra-facility LAN 92. In other words, the facility-device management apparatus 100 is capable of generating, based on the operation data, LAN protocol-based data (first-protocol transmission data) to be transmitted to the remote monitoring server 300, and transmitting the LAN protocol-based data to the remote monitoring server 300. However, when a network (Internet 93) connectable to the outside exists between the remote monitoring server 300 and the facility-device management apparatus 100, conceivably, the facility-device management apparatus 100 might become exposed to a threat via the network. Therefore, in the present background example, the facility-device management apparatus 100, as illustrated in FIG. 1, is not directly connected to the intra-facility LAN 92. The facility-device management apparatus 100, via the relay device 200, is indirectly connected to the intra-facility LAN 92 and performs data communication with the remote monitoring server 300 via the relay device 200.

    [0020] The relay device 200 transfers, to the remote monitoring server 300, data received from the facility-device management apparatus 100 via the connection line 91. Here, the connection line 91 (connection in accordance with the USB standard regulated protocol) and the intra-facility LAN 92 (connection in accordance with Ethernet (registered trademark) regulated protocol) do not use the same protocol. Therefore, during transferring, the relay device 200 converts the data (second-protocol transmission data) received from the facility-device management apparatus 100 via the connection line 91 into data (first-protocol transmission data) in conformity to the protocol of the intra-facility LAN 92, and transmits the converted data to the remote monitoring server 300 via the intra-facility LAN 92.

    [0021] The hardware configuration of the facility-device management apparatus 100 includes components illustrated in FIG. 2. That is, the facility-device management apparatus 100 includes a controller 110 that controls overall operations of the facility-device management apparatus 100, a storage device 120 that stores data necessary for the controller 110 operations, a display 130 for providing information necessary for an operator of the facility-device management apparatus 100, and an input device 140 for accepting operation inputs made by the operator. For interfacing with other devices, the facility-device management apparatus 100 further includes a LAN interface 151, a facility device interface 152, and a USB interface 153. Each of the components (controller 110, storage device 120, display 130, input device 140, LAN interface 151, facility device interface 152, and USB interface 153) of the facility-device management apparatus 100 is mutually connected with one another via an internal bus 190.

    [0022] The controller 110 includes, for example, a central processing unit (CPU) 111, a read only memory (ROM) 112, and a random access memory (RAM) 113. The controller 110 controls the overall operations of the facility-device management apparatus 100 by executing the program stored in the ROM 112 or the RAM 113. As necessary, the controller 110 retrieves data such as a program from the storage device 120, or saves data onto the storage device 120.

    [0023] The storage device 120 includes a storage device such as a hard disk drive, flash memory, and/or the like and stores, in accordance with a control of the controller 110, data necessary for running the facility-device management apparatus 100.

    [0024] The display 130 includes a display device that is a liquid crystal display, a cathode ray tube, or the like and displays information to be presented to the operator of the facility-device management apparatus 100. Also, the input device 140 includes a keyboard, mouse, and/or the like and accepts operation inputs made by the operator and provides the controller 110 with the operation inputs. For example, the display 130 presents, to the operator of the facility-device management apparatus 100, information necessary for monitoring and controlling the facility devices. Also, the input device 140 accepts operation inputs made by the operator for monitoring and controlling the facility devices and provides the controller 110 with the operation inputs.

    [0025] The facility-device management apparatus 100 includes a device, represented by the liquid crystal touch panel, that realizes both the function of displaying a screen and the function of accepting an operation with respect to the screen that is displayed, and this device may provide the function of the display 130 together with the function of the input device 140.

    [0026] The LAN interface 151 has a function of connecting the facility-device management apparatus 100 to a LAN that is compliant with protocol such as Ethernet (registered trademark) and TCP/IP. The facility-device management apparatus 100 transmits the operation data to the remote monitoring server 300 via the LAN interface 151.

    [0027] The facility device interface 152 connects the facility-device management apparatus 100 to the facility device network 90. The facility-device management apparatus 100 is connected to each of the facility devices via the facility device network 90 and acquires operation data of each of the facility devices. The facility device network 90 may be a general-use LAN configurable using any protocol or may be a network using a specific protocol.

    [0028] The USB interface 153 connects the facility-device management apparatus 100 to the relay device 200 via the connection line 91. The connection line 91 is a USB standard based general-purpose cable. The facility-device management apparatus 100, via the connection line 91, transmits data to the relay device 200 and receives data transmitted by the relay device 200.

    [0029] The controller 110 implements the functional components illustrated in FIG 3, as internal functions of the facility-device management apparatus 100. That is, the controller 110 includes a facility device manager 11 for managing each of the facility devices via the facility device interface 152, a transmission destination setter 12 for setting a transmission destination for the operation data, a server communicator 13 for communicating with the remote monitoring server 300 via the LAN interface 151, and a relay device communicator 14 for communicating with the relay device 200 via the USB interface 153.

    [0030] The facility device manager 11 manages each of the facility devices connected via the facility device interface 152 and the facility device network 90 to the facility device manager 11. Specifically, the facility device manager 11, on a cyclical basis, acquires, from each of the facility devices, data indicating the running state (power consumption, running environment (set temperature and airflow strength), and the like) of the corresponding facility device and stores the acquired data as operation data. The facility device manager 11 acquires error information transmitted by a facility device when an error occurs in the facility device, and stores the error information as operation data and also stores the error information as operation data. Also, facility device manager 11 may acquire data indicating the running state from each of the facility devices based on operation details inputted via the input device 140. The facility device manager 11 may also display the operation data on the display 130 based on inputted operation details.

    [0031] The transmission destination setter 12 sets the transmission destination for the operation data of the facility-device management apparatus 100. Specifically, the storage device 120, which is described in detail below, stores information indicating the destination of the operation data.

    [0032] The server communicator 13 transmits the stored operation data to the remote monitoring server 300 via the LAN interface 151. Specifically, the server communicator 13 includes a data generator 13a that generates TCP/IP protocol-compliant data (first-protocol transmission data) based on the stored operation data, a transmitter 13b that transmits data of the TCP/IP protocol via the LAN interface 151, and a receiver 13c that receives data of the TCP/IP protocol via the LAN interface 151.

    [0033] The data generator 13a extracts, from the operation data stored in the storage device 120, data to be reported to the remote monitoring server 300. Any extraction criteria may be used. The data generator 13a, for example, extracts from the stored operation data, data of a particular period of time including the point of time when extraction processing is performed (for example, a period of time from one week before the point of time of extraction to the point of time of extraction) or data not yet reported to the remote monitoring server 300. The data generator 13a generates data (first-protocol transmission data) based on TCP/IP protocol to be transmitted to the remote monitoring server 300 by modifying the data to conform to the format of TCP/IP protocol (affixing a header that conforms to TCP/IP protocol, for example).

    [0034] The transmitter 13b transmits data of the TCP/IP protocol via the LAN interface 151. More particularly, the transmitter 13b transmits the data that is generated by the data generator 13a based on the operation data. Further, the receiver 13c receives data of TCP/IP protocol via the LAN interface 151.

    [0035] Upon the data generator 13a generating the TCP/IP protocol-compliant data that is to be transmitted remote monitoring server 300, the server communicator 13 fetches, from the storage device 120, the information indicating the transmission destination of the operation data set by the transmission destination setter 12. As long as fetched information contains the information indicating the remote monitoring servicer 300 as the transmission destination, the data generated by the data generator 13a is transmitted by the server communicator 13, via the transmitter 13b. Conversely, when the fetched information does not contain the information indicating the remote monitoring server 300 as the transmission destination, the server communicator 13 transmits the data generated by the data generator 13a to the relay device communicator 14.

    [0036] The relay device communicator 14 performs communication with the relay device 200 via the USB interface 153 and the connection line 91. More particularly, the relay device communicator 14 receives the data transmitted by the server communicator 13, performs protocol conversion, and then transmits the converted data to the relay device 200. In order to implement these functions, the relay device communicator 14 includes a data converter 14a that converts TCP/IP protocol-compliant data into USB protocol-compliant data and vice versa. The relay device communicator 14 also includes a transmitter 14b that transmits data by USB protocol to the relay device 200 via the USB interface 153 and a receiver 14c that receives data by USB protocol from the relay device 200 via the USB interface 153.

    [0037] The data converter 14a receives the data (TCP/IP protocol-compliant data) transmitted by the server communicator 13 and converts the received data into USB protocol format data. The data transmitted by the server communicator 13 is TCP/IP protocol-compliant data generated by the data generator 13a. The data converter 14a analyzes the received data, and separates, from among the analyzed data, a portion corresponding to the operation data to be transmitted to the remote monitoring server 300 and a portion that is distinctly TCP/IP protocol (TCP/IP protocol header, delimiters and the like). From the received data, the data converter 14a discards the portion that is distinctly TCP/IP protocol, and then adds a header to the portion corresponding to the operation data to be transmitted to the remote monitoring server 300, so as to be data in a USB protocol compliant format. In this manner, the data converter 14a converts the TCP/IP-compliant protocol data into USB protocol-compliant data.

    [0038] The transmitter 14b and the receiver 14c communicate with the relay device 200 via the USB interface 153 and the connection line 91 using USB protocol. More particularly, the transmitter 14b transmits to the relay device 200 the data converted by the data converter 14a into USB protocol data. Also, the receiver 14c receives the data transmitted by the relay device 200.

    [0039] The facility-device management apparatus 100 stores the data indicated in FIG. 4 into the storage device 120. That is, the storage device 120 stores operation data 121 containing the operation information of the facility device, and stores server information 122 containing the information regarding the remote monitoring server 300 that is the report destination of operation data.

    [0040] The operation data 121 is data containing operation information of facility devices managed by the facility-device management apparatus 100. The facility-device management apparatus 100 uses the function of the facility device manager 11 to acquire information regarding operation from each of the facility devices and store the acquired information into the operation data 121. The operation data 121 contains information of, for example, a facility device regarding the starting of operation and stopping of operation, operation modes (cooling and heating, for example), setting temperature, indoor temperature, and event information indicating when an event, such as an error, occurred, and also contains detail data that is used when performing maintenance on a facility device. The facility device manager 11, on a periodic basis or when an event occurs, acquires operation-related information from a facility device, and then updates the operation data 121. Also, the data generator 13a refers to the operation data 121 to generate report data to be reported to the remote monitoring server 300.

    [0041] The server information 122 is data containing information for transmitting report data generated based on the operation data 121 to the remote monitoring server 300 by the facility-device management apparatus 100. The server information 122 contains a transmission destination address setting 122a and connection information 122b.

    [0042] The transmission destination address setting 122a is data indicating information set as a destination of the report data. For example, when an Internet Protocol (IP) address of the remote monitoring server 300 is contained in the transmission destination address setting 122a, the server communicator 13 transmits data of TCP/IP protocol generated based on the operation data 121, via the LAN interface 151. Also, the data contained in the transmission destination address setting 122a is not limited to IP addresses. A uniform resource locator (URL), indicating the location of the remote monitoring server 300 on the Internet, may be contained in the transmission destination address setting 122a, for example.

    [0043] Also, when a local loopback address that is different from the IP address of the remote monitoring server 300 is contained in the transmission address setting 122a, the server communicator 13 does not transmit report data generated by the data generator 13a to the outside via the LAN interface 151. The local loopback address is a type of IP address that indicates the transmission destination is the apparatus itself. When the local loopback address is contained in the transmission destination address setting 122a, the server communicator 13 transmits the report data generated by the data generator 13a to the relay device communicator 14 inside the apparatus itself (facility-device management apparatus 100). The relay device communicator 14 receives and converts the report data TCP/IP protocol-compliant report data into data of USB protocol-compliant format and then forwards the data by USB protocol to the relay device 200 via the USB interface 153 (and connection line 91). That is, when the local loopback address is contained in the transmission destination address setting 122a, the facility-device management apparatus 100a transmits the report data to the relay device 200 via the USB interface 153, instead of transmitting the report data to the remote monitoring server 300 via the LAN interface 151.

    [0044] The facility-device management apparatus 100 includes the previously described transmission destination setter 12 and provides the operator with a way to input data of the transmission destination address setting 122a. That is, the transmission destination setter 12 contains information input by the operator via the input device 140 into the transmission destination address setting 122a. When the operator inputs data (IP address or URL of the remote monitoring server 300) directly indicating the location of the remote monitoring server 300 on the Internet, the transmission destination setter 12 sets the facility-device management apparatus 100 to transmit the report data to the remote monitoring server 300. Conversely, when the operator inputs the local loopback address, the transmission destination setter 12 sets the facility-device management apparatus 100 not to transmit the report data to the remote monitoring server 300. That is, the transmission destination setter 12 functions as setting means for setting whether or not the facility-device management apparatus 100 is to transmit report data to the remote monitoring server 300. Also, the transmission destination setter 12 may be regarded as selection means for selecting which of the remote monitoring server 300 and the relay device 200 is to be transmitted the report data.

    [0045] The connection information 122b is data necessary for transmitting report data to the remote monitoring server 300. The connection information 122b contains information necessary for connecting to the remote monitoring server 300, for example, authentication information (username and password) a port number, an application layer protocol such as Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and the host name of the facility-device management apparatus 100. When the transmitter 13b of the server communicator 13 is to transmit the report data to the remote monitoring server 300, the transmitter 13b appropriately refers to the connection information 122b and either adds to the report data any data that is necessary, or transmits the necessary data prior to transmitting the report data. Also, when the transmitter 14b of the relay device communicator 14 is to transmit report data to the relay device 200, the transmitter 14b likewise refers to the connection information 122b and either adds to the report data any data that is necessary, or transmits the necessary data prior to transmitting the report data.

    [0046] The hardware configuration of the relay device 200 includes components illustrated in FIG. 5. That is, the relay device 200 includes a controller 210 that controls overall operations of the relay device 200, a storage device 220 that stores data information necessary for the controller 210 operations, a display 230 for providing information necessary for an operator of the relay device 200, and an input device 240 for accepting operation inputs made by the operator. For interfacing with other devices, the relay device 200 also includes a LAN interface 251 and a USB interface 252. Each of the components (controller 210, storage device 220, display 230, input device 240, LAN interface 251, and USB interface 252) of the relay device 200 is mutually connected with one another via an internal bus 290. The controller 210, the display 230, the input device 240, and the internal bus 290 are the same as the identically named hardware components in the facility-device management apparatus 100, and a description thereof is therefore omitted.

    [0047] The LAN interface 251 has a function of connecting the relay device 200 to a LAN that is compliant with protocol such as Ethernet (registered trademark) and TCP/IP. The relay device 200 transmits report data to the remote monitoring server 300 via the LAN interface 251. Further, the relay device 200 receives data, via the LAN interface 251, from another device connected to the intra-facility LAN 92 or from yet another device connected with the relay device 200 via the Internet 93.

    [0048] The USB interface 252 connects the relay device 200 with the facility-device management apparatus 100 via the connection line 91. The facility-device management apparatus 100, via the connection line 91, transmits data to the relay device 200 and receives data transmitted by the relay device 200.

    [0049] The storage device 220 includes a storage device such as a hard disk drive, flash memory, and/or the like and stores, in accordance with a control of the controller 210, data necessary for running the relay device 200. More particularly, the storage device 220 stores security criteria 221 and a server address setting 222.

    [0050] The security criteria 221 contains information indicating what data among the data received by the relay device 200 via the LAN interface 251 may be forwarded to the facility-device management apparatus 100. For example, the security criteria may be set such that only acknowledgement data from the remote monitoring server 300 in response to report data transmitted by the relay device 200, via the LAN interface 251, to the remote monitoring server 300 may be forwarded to the facility-device management apparatus 100. As another acceptable alternative, only data associated with verification of the remote monitoring server 300 may be forwarded to the relay-device management apparatus 100. The relay device 200 may use any criteria as the security criteria 221.

    [0051] The server address setting 222 is information indicating the location on the Internet of the remote monitoring server 300 that is the destination of the report data. The server address setting 222 contains the IP address or the URL of the remote monitoring server 300.

    [0052] The controller 210 implements each of the functional components illustrated in FIG. 6, as the internal functions of the relay device 200. That is, the controller 210 includes a forwarder 21 that converts report data received from the relay device 200 into a TCP protocol format and transmits the data of TCP protocol to the remote monitoring server 300. Further, the controller 210 includes a protector 22 that extracts, from the data received by the LAN interface 251, data (secure data) that meets the security criteria 221, converts the extracted data into the USB protocol format, and then transmits the USB protocol format data via the USB interface 252.

    [0053] The forwarder 21 receives report data from the relay device 200 via the USB interface 252. Further, upon receipt of the report data, the forwarder 21 fetches the server address setting 222 of the storage device 220 and acquires the IP address of the remote monitoring server 300. The forwarder 21 converts the received report data (USB protocol format) into TCP/IP protocol format. When doing so, the IP address acquired from the remote monitoring server 300 is added to the portion, indicating the transmission destination IP address, in the header of the report data. The forwarder 21 transmits the report data that is in TCP/IP protocol format to the network via the LAN interface 251. The transmitted report data reaches the remote monitoring server 300 via the intra-facility LAN 92.

    [0054] The protector 22 extracts the data (secure data) that meets the security criteria 221 from the data received by the LAN interface 251 and transmits the extracted data to the facility-device management apparatus 100 via the USB interface 252. For example, in a case where the security criteria 221 is set such that only acknowledgement data from the remote monitoring server 300, in response to report data transmitted by the relay device 200, may be forwarded to the remote monitoring server 300, the protector 22 transmits, via the USB interface 252, data received only when the received data is acknowledgement data from the remote monitoring server 300. The protector 22 fetches the data from the storage device 220 when, for example, the relay device 200 is powered on. Upon receipt of data via the LAN interface 251, the protector 22 extracts data that meets the fetched secure data criteria and transmits the extracted data via the USB interface 252 to the facility-device management apparatus 100.

    [0055] By the heretofore described facility-device management apparatus 100 and the relay device 200 operating cooperatively, the control system 1 according to the present background example transmits, to the remote monitoring server 300, the report data (first protocol data) generated based on the operation data acquired from the facility device . The relay device 200 that includes the protector 22 extracts data that meets the security criteria 221 and transmits the extracted data to the facility-device management apparatus 100. Since the facility-device management apparatus 100 is not directly connected to the Internet 93 and only receives data extracted in the relay device 200, a high security level can be easily maintained.

    [0056] FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating the flow of data occurring when the facility-device management apparatus 100 reports operation data to the remote monitoring server 300 via the relay device 200. In such a case, the transmission destination address setting 122a of the facility-device management apparatus 100 contains data indicating the local loopback address. That is, for the case indicated in FIG. 7, the facility-device management apparatus 100 is set not to transmit the first protocol report data to the remote monitoring server 300.

    [0057] When an event (such as arrival of a transmission deadline, an operation input by the operator requesting transmission of report data, or detection of an error) setting for report data to be generated occurs, the facility-device management apparatus 100 generates, based on the operation data 121, report data (first protocol data) that is to be reported to the remote monitoring server 300. The facility-device management apparatus 100 transmits the operation data to the remote monitoring server 300 via the relay device 200 in accordance with the data flow illustrated in FIG. 7.

    [0058] The server communicator 13 of the facility-device management apparatus 100 acquires the transmission destination address setting (step S101). The server communicator 13 refers to the transmission address setting 122a in the storage device 120 and acquires information (in this case, the local loopback address) indicating the transmission destination of the report data.

    [0059] Next, the server communicator 13 establishes a connection with the relay device communicator 14 (step S102). Since the acquired information indicating the transmission destination of the report data is information indicating the apparatus itself (that is, the relay device communicator 14), the server communicator 13 transmits, to the relay device communicator 14 in the apparatus itself, a signal indicating connection request. The relay device communicator 14 acknowledges the received signal indicating connection request and transmits a signal indicating connection permission. The server communicator 13 establishes connection with the relay device communicator 14 upon completion of this process.

    [0060] Next, the server communicator 13 transmits the operation data to the relay device communicator 14 (step S103). The server communicator 13 transmits report data generated based on TCP/IP protocol to the relay device communicator 14.

    [0061] The relay device communicator 14 performs protocol conversion on the received report data (step S104). The relay device communicator 14 extracts, from the report data that is TCP/IP protocol format, the data corresponding to the operation data. The relay device communicator 14 modifies (affixes a proper header, for example) the extracted data such that the data conforms to USB protocol.

    [0062] Next, the relay device communicator 14 transmits the operation data that is in a format compliant with USB protocol to the relay device 200 via the connection line 91 (step S105).

    [0063] Upon receipt of the operation data, the relay device 200 performs protocol conversion on the received operation data (step S106). The relay device 200 modifies (deletes the USB protocol header and affixes the proper header) the USB protocol-compliant formatted operation data (second-protocol transmission data) to conform to TCP/IP protocol. The relay device 200 also fetches the server address setting 222 from the storage device 220 and inserts the server address setting 222 into the transmission destination address of the TCP/IP header.

    [0064] Next, the relay device 200 establishes connection with the remote monitoring server 300 (step S107). The relay device 200 fetches the server address setting 222 from the storage device 220 and acquires information indicating the location of the remote monitoring server 300 on the Internet. The relay device 200 transmits, based on the acquired information, a signal indicating a connection request, to the remote monitoring server 300. The remote monitoring server 300 acknowledges the received signal indicating a connection request and transmits a signal indicating connection permission. Upon completion of this process, the relay device 200 establishes connection with the remote monitoring server 300.

    [0065] Next, the relay device 200 transmits, to the remote monitoring server 300, the operation data converted into a format that conforms to TCP/IP protocol (step S108).

    [0066] The remote monitoring server 300 having received the operation data from the relay device 200 transmits an acknowledgement signal in response to the received operation data (step S109).

    [0067] Upon receipt of the acknowledgement signal from the remote monitoring server 300, the relay device 200 performs protocol conversion on the acknowledgement signal (step S110). The relay device 200 converts the acknowledgement signal from TCP/IP protocol format to USB protocol format.

    [0068] Next, the relay device 200 transmits the acknowledgement signal converted into USB protocol to the relay device communicator 14 of the facility-device management apparatus 100 via the connection line 91 (step S111).

    [0069] Upon receipt of the acknowledgement signal from the relay device 200, the relay device communicator 14 performs protocol conversion on the acknowledgement signal (step S112). The relay device communicator 14 converts the received acknowledgement signal from USB protocol format to TCP/IP protocol format.

    [0070] Next, the relay device communicator 14 transmits, to the server communicator 13, the acknowledgement signal converted into TCP/IP protocol format (step S113).

    [0071] In the process from step S101 through step S113, the server communicator 13 transmits, to the remote monitoring server 300, the report data (first-protocol transmission data) generated based on the operation data and receives the acknowledgement signal from the remote monitoring server 300. That is, the control system 1 reports the report data generated based on the operation data to the remote monitoring server 300 by performing this processing.

    [0072] In a case where the facility-device management apparatus 100 transmits the report data via the LAN interface 151 directly to the remote monitoring server 300 without relaying of the report data by the relay device 200, the server communicator 13 performs a process corresponding to the aforementioned steps S101 to S103 and step S113. That is, the server communicator 13, in this case, acquires the IP address or URL of the remote monitoring server 300 from the transmission destination address setting 122a (corresponding to step S101), establishes connection with the remote monitoring server 300 (corresponding to step S102), and transmits the report data to the remote monitoring server 300 (corresponding to step S103). Upon receipt of the transmitted report data, the remote monitoring server 300 transmits an acknowledgement signal to the server communicator 13 (corresponding to step S113).

    [0073] When the transmission destination address setting 122a contains information (IP address or URL) indicating the location of the remote monitoring server 300 on the Internet (that is, when a setting is made to transmit report data by TCP/IP protocol to the remote monitoring server 300), the server communicator 13 transmits the report data via the LAN interface 151 to the remote monitoring server 300. Conversely, when the transmission destination address setting 122a contains a local loopback address (that is, when a setting is made not to transmit the report data by TCP/IP protocol to the remote monitoring server 300), the server communicator 13 transmits the report data to the relay device communicator 14. The relay device communicator 14 converts the received report data received in TCP/IP protocol into report data compliant with USB protocol, and transmits the report data by USB protocol to the relay device 200 via the USB interface 153.

    [0074] When the relay device 200 or the server communicator 13 transmits report data to the remote monitoring server 300, any protocol may be used in the application layer. Examples of acceptable protocols include Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Also, the control system 1 according to the present background example may implement a protocol that uses User Datagram Protocol (UDP) instead of TCP.

    [0075] In the present background example, the transmission destination setter 12 adds, to the transmission destination address setting 122a, the content inputted via the input device 140 by the operator of the facility-device management apparatus 100, and thereby sets whether or not the facility-device management apparatus 100 is to transmit the report data to the remote monitoring server 300. However, the present background example is not limited to this example. The transmission destination setter 12 may instead determine whether the LAN interface 151 of the facility-device management apparatus 100 is connectable or not-connectable to the remote monitoring server 300, and when determining that connection is not possible, the transmission destination setter 12 may set such that the facility-device management apparatus 100 does not transmit the report data to the remote monitoring server 300.

    [0076] Specifically, in addition to the transmission destination address setting 122a, the facility-device management apparatus 100 also stores, into the storage device 120, direct transmission flag data indicating whether or not the facility-device management apparatus 100 is to transmit the report data to the remote monitoring server 300. The transmission destination setter 12 also stores the IP address or the URL of the remote monitoring server 300 into the transmission destination address setter 122a. When the facility-device management apparatus 100 generates the report data, the transmission destination setter 12 verifies connectivity with the remote monitoring server 300 via the LAN interface 151. Specifically, the transmission destination setter 12 issues a type of command called ping-command to the IP address stored in the transmission destination address setting 122a. When an arrival acknowledgement in response to the issued ping-command is returned from the destination address, the transmission destination setter 12 sets the direct transmission flag data to ON. Conversely, if an arrival acknowledgement is not returned from the destination address in response to the ping-command within a given time period, the transmission destination setter 12 sets the direct transmission flag data to OFF.

    [0077] After generating the report data, the server communication 13 refers to the direct transmission flag data and determines whether or not the facility-device management apparatus 100 is to transmit the report data to the remote monitoring server 300. When the direct transmission flag data is set as ON, the server communicator 13 transmits the report data via the LAN interface 151. Conversely, when the direct transmission flag data is set as OFF, the server communicator 13 transmits the report data to the relay device communicator 14.

    [0078] In the example described thus far, the transmission destination setter 12 stores, into the storage 120, information indicating whether or not the facility-device management apparatus 100 is to transmit the report data to the remote monitoring server 300. However, the present background example is not limited to this example. The transmission destination setter 12, for example, may include a physical switch that may be toggled between ON and OFF to switch between a transmission and a non-transmission of the report data to the remote monitoring server 300. In this case, the operator of the facility-device management apparatus 100, for example, can toggle the switch to switch between transmission via the relay device 200 and transmission via the LAN interface 151, of the report data.

    [0079] In the control system 1 according to the present background example the relay device 200 that ensures security connects to the network (intra-facility LAN 92) connected to the Internet, whereas the facility-device management apparatus 100 does not connect directly to the intra-facility LAN 92. Using the control system 1 according to the present background example therefore can reduce the risk of the facility-device management apparatus 100 being attacked directly by an unauthorized user from an external device.

    [0080] Also, the facility-device management apparatus 100 and the relay device 200 are connected to each other by the USB protocol connection line 91. The connection line 91 is a USB protocol dedicated connector that makes hacking into communications between the facility-device management apparatus 100 and the relay device 200 difficult from another device. Therefore, a high security level can be maintained in the network (connection line 91, facility-device management apparatus 100, and facility device network 90, and each facility device) beyond the relay device 200.

    [0081] Also, the facility-device management apparatus 100 does not have an IP address in the intra-facility LAN 92. Therefore, replacing the facility-device management apparatus 100 does not result in extra work for the network administrator of the intra-facility LAN 92, thereby reducing the administration workload.

    [0082] Embodiment 1 In the background example, an example is described in which the control system 1, triggered by the occurrence of an internal event (such as arrival of a transmission deadline, an operation input by an operator, or occurrence of an event, for example), generates report data and transmits the report data to the remote monitoring server 300. However, the control system 1 may generate report data in response to a request from the remote monitoring server 300 instead and transmit the report data to the remote monitoring server 300. In an embodiment of the invention, an example is described in which the control system 1 transmits report data in response to a request from remote monitoring server 300.

    [0083] A data flow involving the control system 1 according to Embodiment 1, occurring when the control system 1 reports operation data in response to a request from the remote monitoring server 300, is described with reference to FIG. 8.

    [0084] After the remote monitoring server 300 transmits the request command (step S201), the relay device 200 receives the transmitted request command.

    [0085] The relay device 200 refers to the security criteria 221 and when the received request command meets the security criteria 221, the relay device 200 performs protocol conversion on the received request command (step S202). The relay device 200 converts the received request command from TCP/IP protocol format to USB protocol format.

    [0086] Next, the relay device 200 transmits the request command converted into USB protocol format to the relay device communicator 14 via the connection line 91 (step S203).

    [0087] Upon receipt of the request command, the relay device communicator 14 performs protocol conversion on the received request command (step S204). The relay device communicator 14 converts the received request command from USB protocol format into TCP/IP protocol format.

    [0088] Next, the relay device communicator 14 establishes connection with the server communicator 13 (step S205). The relay device communicator 14 transmits to the server communicator 13 a signal indicating a connection request. The server communicator 13 acknowledges the received signal indicating the connection request and transmits a signal indicating connection permission. Upon completion of this process, the relay device communicator 14 establishes connection with the server communicator 13.

    [0089] Next, the relay device communicator 14 transmits the request command converted into TCP/IP protocol format to the server communicator 13 (step S206).

    [0090] The server communicator 13 receives the request command, generates operation data in accordance with the request command, and transmits the operation data to the relay device communicator 14 (step S207). The server communicator 13 analyzes the received request command and determines the kind of data the remote monitoring server 300 is requesting to be extracted based on the operation data 121 and transmitted. The server communicator 13 generates, based on the operation data 121, operation data in accordance with the request command and generates TCP/IP protocol operation data. The server communicator 13 transmits the generated operation data to the relay device communicator 14.

    [0091] Upon receipt of the operation data, the relay device communicator 14 performs protocol conversion on the received operation data (step S208). The relay device communicator 14 converts the received operation data from TCP/IP protocol format to USB protocol format.

    [0092] Next, the relay device communicator 14 transmits the operation data converted into USB protocol format to the relay device 200 via the connection line 91 (step S209).

    [0093] Upon receipt of the operation data, the relay device 200 performs protocol conversion on the received operation data (step S210). The relay device 200 converts the received operation data from USB protocol format into TCP/IP protocol format.

    [0094] Next, the relay device 200 transmits the operation data converted into TCP/IP protocol format to the remote monitoring servicer 300 (step S211). Through this process, the operation data requested by the remote monitoring server 300 is transmitted from the control system 1 to the remote monitoring server 300.

    [0095] When the operation data is transmitted to the remote monitoring server 300 in accordance with the data flow illustrated in FIG. 8, the relay device 200 extracts, from the data received via the LAN interface 251, secure data that meets the security criteria 221 and transmits the extracted secure data to the facility-device management apparatus 100. This enables the facility-device management apparatus 100 to be protected from outside threats.

    [0096] Further, the relay device 200 includes a function to appropriately accept request commands from the outside. As one specific example, the controller 210 of the relay device 200 according to Embodiment 1 implements a web server functioner 22a as a portion of the protector 22 as indicated in FIG. 9. The web server functioner 22a communicates with the web browser running on another device (remote monitoring server 300) and accepts a request command directed to the facility-device management apparatus 100. The web server functioner 22a extracts, from the received request command, the secure data that meets the security criteria 221 and transmits the extracted secure data to the facility-device management apparatus 100.

    [0097] The inclusion of the web server functioner 22a within the protector 22 enables, for example, easy implementation of a security framework used by a common web server. For example, an existing web server already includes username and password-based authentication system. By implementing a username and password-based authentication system with the web server functioner 22a, any request command without a correct username and password is discarded, thereby protecting the facility-device management apparatus 100. In this case, the correct username and password are stored as a set in the security criteria 221.

    [0098] Also, common web servers can communicate information not only with other devices via a network but also through a web browser running on a device itself. For example, setting the web server functioner 22a to communicate with a web browser running by the device itself (relay device 200) enables not the remote monitoring server 300 but rather the relay device 200 to acquire operation data. In this case, the operator of the relay device 200 can conveniently confirm the operation data of each facility device, via the display 130 provided by the relay device 200.

    [0099] In the embodiment described above, the connection line 91 is a USB-based cable connection. However, any universal standard-based connection can be used as the connection line 91. Examples of acceptable connections may include Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)-based connections 1394, Recommended Standard (RS) 232C-based connections, and Bluetooth (registered trademark)-based connections.

    [0100] Also, in the embodiment described above, the remote monitoring server 300 receives operation data transmitted by the relay device 200. However, a proxy server may be installed between the relay device 200 and the remote monitoring server 300. In this case, the relay device 200 transmits operation data to the proxy server and the proxy server transmits the received operation data to the remote monitoring server 300.

    [0101] The programs executed by the facility-device management apparatus 100 or the relay device 200 in the aforementioned embodiments may be stored in a computer-readable recording medium such as a compact disk read-only memory (CD-ROM), a digital versatile disc (DVD), a magneto-optical disk (MO), a universal serial bus (USB) memory and a memory card and distributed By installation of this program in a dedicated or general-purpose computer, the computer can function as a device of the above-described embodiments.

    [0102] The above-described program may be stored on a storage device of a server device on a communication network, such as the Internet, to enable the program to be downloaded to the computer, for example by superimposing the program onto a carrier wave. Moreover, the above-described processing can be achieved even by execution while the program is transferred through the communication network. Furthermore, the above-described processing can be achieved by executing all or part of the program on the server device, and executing the program while sending and receiving by the computer the information relating to such processing through the communication network.

    [0103] Moreover, if the above-described functions are executed by sharing the functions between an operating system (OS) and application programs, or are executed by both the OS and the application programs in cooperation with each other, the non-OS portion alone may be stored in the above-described recording medium and distributed, or alternatively, may be, for example, downloaded to the computer.

    [0104] The foregoing describes some example embodiments for explanatory purposes. Accordingly, the specification and drawings are to be regarded in an illustrative rather than a restrictive sense. This detailed description, therefore, is not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of the invention is defined only by the included claims.

    Industrial Applicability



    [0105] The present disclosure is suitable for a control system for reporting operation data of facility devices installed in a facility such as a building.

    Reference Signs List



    [0106] 
    1
    Control system
    2a to 2n
    Facility device
    3
    Facility
    11
    Facility device manager
    12
    Transmission destination setter
    13
    Server communicator
    13a
    Data generator
    13b
    Transmitter
    13c
    Receiver
    14
    Relay device communicator
    14a
    Data converter
    14b
    Transmitter
    14c
    Receiver
    21
    Forwarder
    22
    Protector
    90
    Facility device network
    91
    Connection line
    92
    Intra-facility LAN
    93
    Internet
    94
    Server LAN
    100
    Facility-device management apparatus
    110, 210
    Controller
    111, 211
    CPU
    112, 212
    ROM
    113, 213
    RAM
    120, 220
    Storage device
    121
    Operation data
    122
    Server information
    122a
    Transmission destination address setting
    122b
    Connection information
    130, 230
    Display
    140, 240
    Input device
    151, 251
    LAN interface
    152
    Facility device interface
    153, 252
    USB interface
    190, 290
    Internal bus
    200
    Relay device
    221
    Security criteria
    222
    Server address setting
    300
    Remote monitoring server



    Claims

    1. A facility-device management apparatus (100) comprising:

    setting means (12) for setting whether or not to transmit first-protocol transmission data generated based on operation data acquired from a facility device and compliant with a first protocol to a remote monitoring server (300);

    first transmission means (13) for transmitting, when the first-protocol transmission data is set to be transmitted to the remote monitoring server (300), the first-protocol transmission data to the remote monitoring server (300); and

    second transmission means (14) for, when the first-protocol transmission data is set not to be transmitted to the remote monitoring server (300), converting the first-protocol transmission data into second-protocol transmission data compliant with a second protocol, and transmitting the second-protocol transmission data to a relay device (200) connected to the remote monitoring server (300) via a network (92) configured based on the first protocol,

    characterized in that the facility-device management apparatus further comprises:

    receiving means (14c) for receiving secure data extracted by the relay device (200) based on security criteria, the secure data being extracted from reception data received by the relay device (200) via the network (92); and

    data generation means (13a) for generating the first-protocol transmission data when the secure data received contains a command signal directed to the facility-device management apparatus (100).


     
    2. The facility-device management apparatus (100) according to claim 1, characterized in that the setting means (12) is configured to determine whether or not the first transmission means (13) is connectable to the remote monitoring server (300), and when determining that the first transmission means (13) is not connectable to the remote monitoring server (300), set not to transmit the first-protocol transmission data to the remote monitoring server (300).
     
    3. The facility-device management apparatus (100) according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the second transmission means (14) is configured to transmit the second-protocol transmission data to the relay device (200) by a dedicated connection configured based on the second protocol.
     
    4. A control system (1) characterized by comprising:

    the facility-device management apparatus (100) according to any one of claims 1 to 3; and

    the relay device (200) configured to communicate with the remote monitoring server (300) via a network (92) configured based on the first protocol, the relay device (200) further configured to communicate with the facility-device management apparatus (100) via a connection configured based on the second protocol,

    wherein the relay device (200) comprises

    forwarding means (21) for receiving the second-protocol transmission data from the facility-device management apparatus (100), converting the second-protocol transmission data into the first-protocol transmission data, and transmitting the first-protocol transmission data to the network (92).


     
    5. The control system (1) according to claim 4, characterized in that
    the relay device (200) further comprises protection means (22) for extracting, from first-protocol reception data received via the network (92), secure data that meets security criteria, and transmitting the secure data to the facility-device management apparatus (100), and
    the facility-device management apparatus (100) further comprises reception means (14c) for receiving the secure data from the protection means (22).
     
    6. The control system (1) according to claim 5, characterized in that
    the protection means (22) comprises command accepting means (22a) for extracting, from the first-protocol reception data, the secure data containing a command signal directed to the facility-device management apparatus (100), and transmitting the secure data to the facility-device management apparatus (100), and
    the facility-device management apparatus (100) is configured to generate the first-protocol transmission upon receipt of the secure data containing the command signal.
     
    7. The control system (1) according to any one of claims 4 to 6, characterized in that the relay device (200) is configured to communicate with the facility-device management apparatus (100) by a dedicated connection configured based on the second protocol.
     
    8. The control system (1) according to any one of claims 4 to 7, characterized in that the relay device (200) further comprises a storage (220) that is configured to store information indicating a location of the remote monitoring server (300).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen, folgendes umfassend:

    - eine Einstelleinrichtung (12), die dazu ausgebildet ist, einzustellen, ob Erst-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten, die auf der Grundlage von Betriebsdaten, die von einer Facility-Einrichtung erfasst werden und mit einem ersten Protokoll übereinstimmen, erzeugt werden, an einen Fernüberwachungsserver (300) übertragen werden sollen oder nicht;

    - eine erste Übertragungseinrichtung (13), die dazu ausgebildet ist, die Erst-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten an den Fernüberwachungsserver (300) zu übertragen, wenn die Erst-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten so eingestellt sind, dass sie an den Fernüberwachungsserver (300) übertragen werden sollen;

    - eine zweite Übertragungseinrichtung (14), die dazu ausgebildet ist, die Erst-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten in Zweit-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten gemäß einem zweiten Protokoll umzuwandeln, wenn die Erst-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten so eingestellt sind, dass sie nicht an den Fernüberwachungsserver (300) übertragen werden, und die Zweit-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten an eine Relaisvorrichtung (200), die mit dem Fernüberwachungsserver (300) über ein Netzwerk (92) verbunden ist, das auf der Grundlage des ersten Protokolls konfiguriert ist, zu übertragen,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen ferner umfasst:

    - eine Empfangseinrichtung (14c), die dazu ausgebildet ist, sichere Daten zu empfangen, wobei die sicheren Daten von der Relaisvorrichtung (200) auf der Grundlage von Sicherheitskriterien extrahiert werden, und wobei die sicheren Daten aus Empfangsdaten extrahiert werden, die von der Relaisvorrichtung (200) über das Netzwerk (92) empfangen werden; und

    - eine Datenerzeugungseinrichtung (13a), die dazu ausgebildet ist, um die Erst-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten zu erzeugen, wenn die empfangenen sicheren Daten ein Befehlssignal enthalten, das an die Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) gerichtet ist.


     
    2. Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) nach Anspruch 1,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass
    die Einstelleinrichtung (12) dazu ausgebildet ist, zu bestimmen, ob die erste Übertragungseinrichtung (13) mit dem Fernüberwachungsserver (300) verbindbar ist oder nicht, und wenn bestimmt wird, dass die erste Übertragungseinrichtung (13) nicht mit dem Fernüberwachungsserver (300) verbindbar ist, einzustellen, dass es die Erst-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten nicht an den Fernüberwachungsserver (300) überträgt.
     
    3. Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass
    die zweite Übertragungseinrichtung (14) dazu ausgebildet ist, die Zweit-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten an die Relaisvorrichtung (200) über eine dedizierte Verbindung, die auf der Grundlage des zweiten Protokolls konfiguriert ist, zu übertragen.
     
    4. Steuersystem (1), umfassend:

    - eine Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3; und

    - die Relaisvorrichtung (200), die dazu ausgebildet ist, mit dem Fernüberwachungsserver (300) über ein Netzwerk (92) zu kommunizieren, das auf der Grundlage eines ersten Protokolls konfiguriert ist, und

    die Relaisvorrichtung (200) ferner dazu ausgebildet ist, über eine Verbindung, die auf Grundlage des zweiten Protokolls konfiguriert ist, mit der Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) kommuniziert,
    wobei die Relaisvorrichtung (200) eine Weiterleitungseinrichtung (21) umfasst, die dazu ausgebildet ist, Zweit-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten von der Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) zu empfangen, die Zwei-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten in Erst-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten umzuwandeln, und die Erst-Protokoll-Übertragungsdaten an das Netzwerk (92) zu übertragen.
     
    5. Steuersystem (1) nach Anspruch 4,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass
    die Relaisvorrichtung (200) ferner Schutzeinrichtungen (22) umfasst, die dazu ausgebildet sind, um aus Erst-Protokoll-Empfangsdaten, die aus dem Netzwerk (92) empfangen wurden, sichere Daten, die Sicherheitskriterien erfüllen, zu extrahieren, und um die sicheren Daten an die Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) zu übertragen, und
    die Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) außerdem Empfangseinrichtungen (14c) umfasst, die dazu ausgebildet sind, um die sicheren Daten von den Schutzeinrichtungen (22) zu empfangen.
     
    6. Steuersystem (1) nach Anspruch 5,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet , dass
    die Schutzeinrichtungen (22) Befehlsannahmeeinrichtungen (22a) umfassen, die dazu ausgebildet sind, um aus den Erst-Protokoll-Empfangsdaten die sicheren Daten, die ein Befehlssignal enthalten, das an die Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) gerichtet ist, zu extrahieren, und
    um die sicheren Daten an die Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) zu übertragen, und dass die Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) dazu ausgebildet ist, die Erst-Protokoll-Übertragung bei Empfang der sicheren Daten, die das Befehlssignal enthalten, zu erzeugen.
     
    7. Steuersystem (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 4 bis 6,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass
    die Relaisvorrichtung (200) dazu ausgebildet ist, um mit der Verwaltungsvorrichtung für Facility-Einrichtungen (100) über eine dedizierte Verbindung, die auf der Grundlage des zweiten Protokolls konfiguriert ist, zu kommunizieren.
     
    8. Steuersystem (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 4 bis 7,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass
    die Relaisvorrichtung (200) ferner einen Speicher (220) umfasst, der dazu ausgebildet ist, Informationen, die einen Standort des Fernüberwachungsservers (300) umfassen, zu speichern.
     


    Revendications

    1. Appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100) comprenant :

    un moyen de réglage (12) pour définir s'il faut transmettre ou non des données de transmission de premier protocole générées d'après des données de fonctionnement acquises depuis un dispositif d'installation et conformes à un premier protocole, à un serveur de surveillance à distance (300) ;

    un premier moyen de transmission (13) pour transmettre les données de transmission de premier protocole au serveur de surveillance à distance (300) lorsque les données de transmission de premier protocole sont définies comme devant être transmises au serveur de surveillance à distance (300) ; et

    un deuxième moyen de transmission (14) pour, lorsque les données de transmission de premier protocole sont définies comme ne devant pas être transmises au serveur de surveillance à distance (300), convertir les données de transmission de premier protocole en données de transmission de deuxième protocole conformes à un deuxième protocole, et transmettre les données de transmission de deuxième protocole à un dispositif relais (200) connecté au serveur de surveillance à distance (300) via un réseau (92) configuré d'après le premier protocole,

    caractérisé en ce que l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation comprend en outre :

    un moyen de réception (14c) pour recevoir des données sécurisées extraites par le dispositif relais (200) d'après des critères de sécurité, les données sécurisées étant extraites de données de réception reçues par le dispositif relais (200) via le réseau (92) ; et

    un moyen de génération de données (13a) pour générer les données de transmission de premier protocole lorsque les données sécurisées reçues contiennent un signal de commande adressé à l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100).


     
    2. Appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100) selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que le moyen de réglage (12) est configuré pour déterminer si le premier moyen de transmission (13) peut être connecté ou non au serveur de surveillance à distance (300), et lorsqu'il est déterminé que le premier moyen de transmission (13) ne peut pas être connecté au serveur de surveillance à distance (300), pour définir de ne pas transmettre les données de transmission de premier protocole au serveur de surveillance à distance (300).
     
    3. Appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que le deuxième moyen de transmission (14) est configuré pour transmettre les données de transmission de deuxième protocole au dispositif relais (200) par une connexion dédiée configurée d'après le deuxième protocole.
     
    4. Système de commande (1), caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend :

    l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3 ; et

    le dispositif relais (200) configuré pour communiquer avec le serveur de surveillance à distance (300) via un réseau (92) configuré d'après le premier protocole, le dispositif relais (200) étant en outre configuré pour communiquer avec l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100) via une connexion configurée d'après le deuxième protocole,

    dans lequel le dispositif relais (200) comprend

    un moyen de réacheminement (21) pour recevoir les données de transmission de deuxième protocole en provenance de l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100), convertir les données de transmission de deuxième protocole en données de transmission de premier protocole, et transmettre les données de transmission de premier protocole au réseau (92).


     
    5. Système de commande (1) selon la revendication 4, caractérisé en ce que
    le dispositif relais (200) comprend en outre un moyen de protection (22) pour extraire, de données de réception de premier protocole reçues via le réseau (92), des données sécurisées qui satisfont des critères de sécurité, et transmettre les données sécurisées à l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100), et
    l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100) comprend en outre un moyen de réception (14c) pour recevoir les données sécurisées en provenance du moyen de protection (22).
     
    6. Système de commande (1) selon la revendication 5, caractérisé en ce que
    le moyen de protection (22) comprend un moyen d'acceptation de commande (22a) pour extraire, des données de réception de premier protocole, les données sécurisées contenant un signal de commande adressé à l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100), et transmettre les données sécurisées à l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100), et
    l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100) est configuré pour générer la transmission de premier protocole lors d'une réception des données sécurisées contenant le signal de commande.
     
    7. Système de commande (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 4 à 6, caractérisé en ce que le dispositif relais (200) est configuré pour communiquer avec l'appareil de gestion de dispositif d'installation (100) par une connexion dédiée configurée d'après le deuxième protocole.
     
    8. Système de commande (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 4 à 7, caractérisé en ce que le dispositif relais (200) comprend en outre un stockage (220) qui est configuré pour stocker des informations indiquant un emplacement du serveur de surveillance à distance (300).
     




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