Inductive Automation Releases Ignition Edge

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ByCraig Resnick
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Inductive Automation, an industrial automation software company based in Folsom, California, released Ignition Edge, a new line of Ignition products developed for the edge of the network.  One of the products was developed in collaboration with Cirrus Link Solutions.  Inductive Automation also launched a free trial of Ignition Edge on its website.

Inductive Automation’s primary product, Ignition, is an industrial application platform with integrated tools for building solutions in human-machine interface (HMI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) that is used in more than 100 countries.

Ignition Edge is a line of lightweight, lower-cost Ignition products designed to be embedded into field and OEM devices at the edge of the network.  Ignition is designed to work on central servers and deploy to multiple clients, while Ignition Edge products can be installed on devices at the edge of the network. 

Ignition Edge Panel helps to enable creation of local HMIs for field devices.   It is designed to enable edge-of-network HMI functionality with Ignition features, including one local client, one remote web client for mobile access, and alarming features, including email notification.  It includes one week of data buffering for trending and local client fallback for mission-critical applications.

Ignition Edge Enterprise acts as an Agent Gateway in a multi-Gateway Ignition system by leveraging the Ignition Enterprise Administration Module (EAM).  It requires that the EAM be installed on the central Ignition Gateway.  It has features, such as remote backup, restoration management, centralized monitoring of performance and health metrics, and remote alarm notification.  Edge Enterprise comes with up to a week of data buffering, and it can synchronize local tag history to a central Ignition historian for store-and-forward.

Ignition Edge MQTT was developed by Cirrus Link Solutions, a strategic partner of Inductive Automation based in Kansas City, Kansas.  Ignition Edge MQTT helps to enable publication of field device data through MQTT.  It is designed to help turn field devices, such as a touch panel or a client terminal, into a lightweight, MQTT-enabled edge gateway.  Ignition Edge MQTT uses MQTT to transmit data to MQTT brokers and support the Sparkplug data-encoding specification.

Arlen Nipper, president of Cirrus Link, and Andy Stanford Clark of IBM, are co-inventors of MQTT, a lightweight pub/sub messaging transport that is designed for IIoT applications.

Keywords: HMI, SCADA, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Field Devices, Edge-Of-Network, ARC Advisory Group. 


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