A Client may verify whether an Asset meets the expectation of system engineering. This example demonstrates how to use verification. It uses the rack example.


Figure D.14 – Sample for Assets of a chassis-based controller

Figure D.14 illustrates the Assets of a rack-based controller. The vendor modelled a 12-slot rack with Connectors, a communications module, and two controllers (CPU) modules. The IsPhysicallyConnectedTo Reference indicates that the modules are plugged into slots 1 & 2, whereas slot 3 is unused. IO modules are plugged into slot 4, slot 6, slot 7 and slot 10.

Assume that all CPU Assets are manufactured by the same manufacturer as the rack and have their ManufacturerUri set “http://ACME.com”.

Assume that the Descriptor contains for CPU1: ProductCode “ZY456”, MajorAssetVersion “2”, MinorAssetVersion”4”, and SerialNumber “N475655”, and for CPU2: ProductCode “YY544”, MajorAssetVersion “2”, MinorAssetVersion”7”, and SerialNumber “Z234545”.

A Client checking for compatibility of the Assets Controller1 and Controller2 by using VerificationMode AssetCompatibility will set the ExpectedVerificationVariables in VerifyAsset to the values as stated above, without the given SerialNumbers. The SerialNumbers should be added when using VerificationMode AssetIdentityAndCompatibility.

If the verified Assets match the expected values exactly, i.e., ManufacturerUri, ProductCode, MajorAssetVersion, and MinorAssetVersion are identical, Match will be returned. For example, if Controller2’s actual MinorAssetVersion is set to “9” but the Asset is still compatible with MinorAssetVersion “7”, Compatible will be returned.

The VerifyAsset Method allows doing additional verification besides verifying the Asset itself using ExpectedAdditionalVerificationVariables.


Figure D.15 – Asset Verification example – Asset location

Consider, for example, verifying whether an IOModule (NetIO-1) is plugged into Slot7. This can be done, as illustrated in Figure D.16, by using a relative path as:





The Client can verify that NetIo-1 is physically connected to Slot7 by resolving this relative path. The VerifyAsset Method may now be used by the Client to verify that the resolved Node has a value of 7.


Figure D.16 – Verify Asset example – external device

This same concept can also be used to verify Assets that might not be directly linked to the AutomationComponent, i.e., they are not in the Assets folder but only referenced from existing Assets( see Figure D.16). In this example, the BrowsePath would look like:






This process could also be used to verify the values of configuration settings such as EngineeringUnits.