Over the past few months we’ve been working really hard on a new product and today we’re excited to share it with you. It’s called Shika.
What is Shika?
Shika is a lightweight OPC historian and data persistence layer.
Shika is designed for:
- Speed; rapid storage and retrieval of numeric data
- Scale; storing large amounts of high frequency data
- Flexibility; storing data from a wide range of sources
We created Shika for continuous storage of chronological manufacturing process data.
How does it work?
Shika is easy to implement, with a tag-based structure familiar to automation and manufacturing IT teams. Breakthrough in-memory storage and processing means tag value read/write acces at high speeds.
In real-world tests, Shika has recorded read/write speeds of ~1000x faster than SQL.
(We have benchmarks to verify this.)
How do I get started?
Shika is self-contained, ready to use and really easy to install. You can run it remotely as a server or embed it directly into your own application. Shika has no dependencies on 3rd party database systems, expensive hardware or specialist skills and training. We’ve even implemented it on a Raspberry Pi.
What do you need to get going?
Microsoft .NET framework version 4.
Firewall and Antivirus settings to allow download & installation.
Internet access (to download).
Microsoft Windows Operating System – XP onwards.
- Storage space 500 MB – 4GB recommended.
Shika is currently in BETA. We’re hoping to scale soon. If you’re interested in learning more, get in touch.