A SmartStruxure solution server is the core of the system and performs key functionality, such as control logic, trend logging, and alarm supervision. The Automation Server software is pre-loaded on Schneider Electric supplied hardware that supports communication and connectivity to the I/O and field busses. The distributed intelligence of the Automation Servers ensures fault tolerance in the system and provides a fully featured user interface through WorkStation and WebStation.
The Automation Server is a powerful device that can act as a standalone server and also control I/O modules and monitor and manage field bus devices. In a small installation, the embedded Automation Server acts as a stand-alone server, mounted with its I/O modules in a small footprint. In medium and large installations, functionality is distributed over multiple Automation Servers that communicate over TCP/IP.