Inductive Automation released Ignition 8, a major update to its signature software platform that addresses industrial organizations’ needs for expanded architectures, enhanced security and mobile solutions. This new version offers users a view of their industrial processes that is more mobile, customizable, scalable, and secure than ever before, according to its maker. Ignition 8 arrives along with the new Ignition Perspective Module, a visualization system that brings powerful new capabilities to mobile devices, according to Inductive Automation.
Ignition by Inductive Automation is an industrial application platform with tools for building solutions in human-machine interface (HMI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and the Industrial Internet of Things.
“We’re very excited to be sharing Ignition 8 with the world,” said Carl Gould, co-director of software engineering for Inductive Automation. “I can’t wait to see what people build with Ignition Perspective, which was built from the ground up to be a first-class, pure-web, fully mobile solution for industrial applications.”
Ignition Perspective provides full SCADA control from mobile phones, and drag-and-drop capabilities for designing mobile-responsive screens for mobile devices. Applications built with the Ignition Perspective Module adapt to fit any size screen, from cellphone to desktop, while enabling users to leverage a phone’s GPS, camera, Bluetooth, orientation-sensing and more. It runs in any web browser with HTML5, and requires no plug-ins. Perspective enables people to enhance their SCADA systems in new and creative ways.
Ignition 8 provides new capabilities for building enterprise-scale architectures, according to Inductive Automation. A faster tag system aides very large deployments, such as those with one million tags or more. Improved concurrent design enables projects to move faster. Project inheritance allows corporate standards to be used in addition to local modifications. Full compatibility with industry-standard source-control tools makes it easy to restore previous versions, resolve code conflicts, and track changes to codebases.
According to its maker, Ignition 8 was built with cybersecurity as a key pillar. It supports industry-leading encryption protocols, uses two-factor authentication, and also includes single sign-on.
“With all the new features in Ignition 8, along with the new Ignition Perspective Module, this is a big leap forward for users of Ignition,” said Don Pearson, chief strategy officer for Inductive Automation. “This software is really going to open up a lot of creative opportunities for people.”