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Free OPC-UA Server For Linux Platform

2010-03-24 12:22:22views: 868Andrew Bond

Free OPC-UA Server For Linux Platform

Inductive Automation has introduced the first cross platform OPC-UA server on the market, known as Ignition OPC-UA, it forms the basis of Ignition by Inductive Automation, the most recent release of its combined HMI, SCADA and MES solution, but can be used either in conjunction with the rest of the platform or on its own. "With the operating system wars moving into high gear and with the recent widespread adoption of OPC-UA by major software vendors, there was really no other choice than to develop a fully cross-platform, OPC-UA-based solution," explained Inductive Automation president Steve Hechtman. "Ignition is the Swiss Army knife of the industrial software business, and represents a major step forward in continuing our mission of opening up plant data across the enterprise."

Inductive Automation was the first company independently to develop its own stack directly from the OPC-UA specification and successfully to test it at a major interoperability workshop. The server provides cross-platform capability for both Windows and Linux, thus making Linux a reality for industrial applications and allowing industrial users to take advantage of its security, stability and cost advantages.

Ignition consolidates the company's previous FactorySQL and FactoryPMI products and offers a wide range of possible architectures from a stand-alone HMI through to large-scale, geographically distributed installations. It also continues the philosophy of open, accessible systems that are unhindered by traditional licensing restrictions with unlimited tags, screens and no-install clients deployed using its Web-Launch technology. In addition, it offers the ability to connect to any number of databases and to open multiple web-launched design clients at no additional cost. Moreover, maintaining the same philosophy, the Ignition OPC-UA server together with a variety of drivers -- and more to come -- plus an open driver API are available to users absolutely free.


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Using Free Tools To Detect Attacks On SCADA Networks
2015-05-09 14:28:25views: 1740

ICS/SCADA experts say open-source network security monitoring software is a simple and cheap way to catch hackers targeting plant operations. Operators at Natanz nuclear facility in Iran might well have caught Stuxnet before it spread and sabotaged operations at the plant if they had been watching the wires for anomalous network traffic, a pair of ICS/SCADA experts say.

Hackers gain full control of critical SCADA systems
2015-05-09 14:04:07views: 1806

Russian researchers have found vulnerabilities in industrial control systems that they say grant full control of systems running energy, chemical and transportation systems. The vulnerabilities were discovered by researchers who over the last year probed popular and high-end ICS and SCADA systems used to control everything from home solar panel installations to critical national infrastructure.

SCADA Attacks Double in 2014
2015-05-06 07:17:15views: 1620

Annual threat report from Dell Security shows not only a significant surge in the number of attacks on retail credit card systems, but industrial SCADA systems as well, which are much more likely to go unreported.
For Dell to report an annual surge in point-of-sale (POS) attacks aimed at payment card infrastructures might not be such a surprise to people who pay any attention to the news.

The Industrial Software Revolution Begins Now
2013-10-16 11:33:59views: 2193

Invensys is kicking off the conference “The Industrial Software Revolution Begins Now” and underscoring the ‘revolution’ concept with the release of its Wonderware InTouch 2014 and Wonderware System Platform 2014 software.

Integrating Video into HMI/SCADA
2012-06-29 10:19:55views: 2492

The useful integration of video with industrial control systems has been a reality for a few years, but a burst of applications and installations is on the horizon. Cheaper bandwidth, wide availability of Internet protocol (IP) cameras, and greater familiarity with industrial Ethernet networks seem to be driving user interest.

AdvancedHMI - a different approach to HMI development
2012-06-14 10:46:48views: 1793

AdvancedHMI base package is a free software used to build HMIs that display information residing in a PLC. You will find it to be one of the fastest platforms to build an HMI with. The software takes advantage of the Visual Basic .NET development environment so effort is focused on the core software and not reinventing a development environment.

Web Services and SCADA
2012-06-12 23:06:33views: 1372

Web services can be another method for connectivity to SCADA and MES systems. They can retrieve tomorrow's weather, the price of stocks or commodities, the time of sunrise and sunset, and a slew of other publicly-available resources.

SCADA virtualisation with WinCC Version 7
2011-12-21 12:01:11views: 1312

As automation solutions become increasingly complex, it follows that the effort required to maintain both hardware and software will also increase. PCs must be provided with suitable specification and operating systems to support the applications.

Cloud-Based SCADA Systems: The Benefits and Risks
2011-12-20 22:57:31views: 929

Cloud computing is a hot topic. As people become increasingly reliant on accessing important information through the Internet, the idea of storing or displaying vital real-time data in the cloud has become more commonplace. With tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Google pushing forward the cloud computing concept, it seems to be more than just a passing trend.

An alternative to DCS or PLC/SCADA
2011-10-04 13:46:22views: 875

Traditionally, users have had a choice between a DCS or a PLC/SCADA approach when selecting a control system for use in process control applications. A key benefit of traditional DCSs was that the suppliers took a ‘systems approach’ and it was designed for large scale applications.