Inductive Automation Releases Ignition 8, Providing  New Capabilities in Mobility, Security, and Enterprise Projects

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

Ignition by Inductive Automation is an industrial application software platform with tools for building solutions in human-machine interface (HMI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  The company announced the release of Ignition 8, a major platform update that helps to address industrial organizations’ needs for expanded and enhanced architectures, security, and mobile solutions.  Ignition 8 helps to provide users with a view of their industrial processes that is more mobile, customizable, scalable, and secure. 

The release of Ignition 8 also includes the new Ignition Perspective Module, which is a visualization system that provides new capabilities to mobile devices.  Ignition Perspective provides full SCADA control from mobile phones and drag-and-drop capabilities for designing mobile-responsive screens that are suited for mobile devices.  Applications built with the Ignition Perspective Module can adapt to fit multiple-size screens ranging from cellphone to desktop.  It also enables users to better leverage a phone’s existing features, such as GPS, camera, Bluetooth, and orientation-sensing,.  It runs in most web browsers with HTML5 and requires no plug-ins.  Perspective allows people to help enhance their SCADA systems.

Ignition 8 provides new capabilities for building enterprise-scale architectures.  A faster tag system aids larger deployments, such as those with over one million tags.  Improved concurrent design helps to allow projects to move faster.  Project inheritance allows corporate standards to be used in addition to local modifications.  Compatibility with industry-standard source-control tools helps to make it easier to restore previous versions, resolve code conflicts, and track changes to codebases. 

Ignition 8 was also built with cybersecurity as a key pillar.  It supports encryption protocols, uses two-factor authentication, and also includes single sign-on.

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