CONTA-CLIP, Everything at a glance: Portal software and app for GSM-PRO modules from CONTA-CLIP

Multifunctional GSM-PRO series I/O modules from Conta-Clip can be monitored and controlled using PC-based portal software or a smartphone app.

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Multifunctional GSM-PRO series I/O modules from Conta-Clip can be monitored and controlled using PC-based portal software or a smartphone app.

Via the portal or app, the GSM-PRO series I/O modules send text messages or emails to report input statuses, and outputs can be switched via text message or call. This enables the devices to be a solution for remote control and remote maintenance of large plants. In addition, they are also suitable for mobile applications and special vehicles, since they have a wide supply voltage range of 10 to 30 V DC.

Conta-Clip is a European manufacturer of electric terminal blocks, based in Hövelhof, Germany. The company has been producing electric and electronic connection systems for the process and automation industries for more than 30 years. The company consists of three branches: Conta-Connect for electric connection technology, Conta-Electronics for electronics, and Conta-Con for PCB edge connectors.

In applications with multiple I/O devices, the portal software for MS Windows computers running XP, Vista, or Windows 7 enables a quick overview of the statuses of all I/O devices without programming knowledge being required.

As soon as the program is started, the modules sign on immediately. The portal then displays an alphabetic list of the GSM-PRO units and the current statuses of their inputs and outputs. Status changes are highlighted in yellow, ensuring good orientation even with a large numbers of active modules, according to the company.

The module outputs can also be controlled via the software. An easy-to-export events log records all operations of the modules and their I/Os. Communication is based on port forwarding—the necessary IP addresses and ports are stored in the software and in the GSM-PRO modules. Installed modules can be added to the portal later through OTA parameterization.

The GSM-PRO app enables remote control of the modules from iPhones and Android smartphones. Heaters, motors, or water pumps, for instance, can thus be controlled comfortably and intuitively. The app is available free of charge in the App Store and at Google Play.

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