A laboratory information management system (LIMS) is a software-based system used for improving lab’s operational efficiency. LIMS serves for automating workflows and simplifying the process of tracking specimens and associated data.
Thanks to its flexible architecture, a dedicated lab management software can meet a variety of technical demands. The primary aim of LIMS software developers is to create an easy configurable system able to support a wide range of lab instruments.
Communications between complex lab equipment are usually based on serial connections. To optimize laboratory operations, lab experts rely on special laboratory information system software able to access serial interfaces remotely. Working over the network, LIMS software redirects data from remote serial devices to a single lab database. To make this possible, the software needs to support a complex port virtualization technology. It is a dedicated port redirection technology that allows lab software to receive COM port data, convert it to TCP/IP data packets and forward it to any client computer regardless of its physical location.
Eltima Port Virtualization Technology (EPVT) seems to be the most efficient solution in this case. With the technology, you can provide any client machine with an unlimited number of virtual COM ports. That means, any lab instrument can connect to a remote client computer via a virtual serial interface. This way all data sent by various lab equipment can be collected in a single laboratory database for further analysis and research.
What’s more, integrated into LIMS software, EPVT lets emulate any COM port peripheral thus making it easier for lab specialists to diagnose and prevent problems that may occur in lab communication system.