Established at the beginning of 2004, IPCOMM GmbH is a medium-sized enterprise based at Nuremberg, Germany.
Our primary focus is on the development of industrial gateways and inter-network
Based on our twenty years’ development experience in this field and our wide range
of products, we are able to offer solutions to almost any communication
problem. Over the years we have proven our competence in numerous projects
servicing the energy industry, water utilities and gas business around the
world, providing turnkey solutions and integrating the solution into existing
History and Market
The development of
communication protocols - and gateways - for bridging the information
barrier between different protocols is an often underestimated challenge. The
complex technology requires tremendous expertise and know-how.
The early days of telecontrol technology saw the emergence of a great variety
of proprietary protocols due to the lack of appropriate standards. These were
continuously expanded and adapted to project specific needs in order to meet
customer requirements. Many of these protocols have already disappeared; others
have found widespread use and are still popular today as the systems boast a
very long life cycle.
Technical progress has
brought the first national standards such as DIN 19244 or HNZ with a primary
focus on the physical and link layers. These have evolved into widely accepted
international standards such as ISO/IEC 60870-5 or IEC 61850. Some of these proprietary
protocols, i.e. Modbus, DNP 3.0 or Profibus have
become standard protocols after they were published and released to independent
user organizations for further development.
Over the years,
applications have continuously grown more complex and functional capabilities
demanded of communication systems have increased tremendously. While 1-bit
protocols used to be sufficient for representing the state of a digital input,
a more abstract representation of information is used today that features
numerous additional attributes such as information quality and time of the
status change. Moreover the amount of transmitted data has grown enormously and
networks have become much more complex.
Only products which are
flexible enough to cover all project specific requirements can do well in the
marketplace. They have to offer extensive diagnostic possibilities for easy
troubleshooting of communication and software problems. Configuration has to be
fast and easy, the price-performance ratio must be good.
ipConv and products based on it meet all these
requirements. The foundation for ipConv was laid
more than ten years ago. A strict separation of software, hardware and
operating system has resulted in a product that offers great potential for
further innovation to build on. Thanks to its potential, the product could be
developed to reflect continuously growing demands without ever reaching its
limits. ipConv enables a
high degree of productivity in the implementation of new protocols and special
Right from the start we
have relied exclusively on standard hardware systems such as PC based systems
(of different models and designs) - at a time when regular PCs in station
automation technology at energy distribution and other automation industries were
still unheard of. In the meantime most manufacturers have started offering PC
based systems. They are becoming more and more popular as they are attractively
priced and provide a wide range of functionalities.
For the same reason we have
always insisted on solutions independent of the operating systems. Today we are
able to provide products for customer-specific or project-specific solutions
with a few exceptions both for the Windows NT/2000/XP and Linux platforms.
Our customers include many
prestigious names in plant engineering as well as manufacturers of automation
devices here and overseas. Regional and global energy utility providers are
among our clients. Longstanding successful partnerships are proof our
customers' satisfaction with our services products.