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Ignition platform has a modular architecture. Modules are software applications that are built and integrated into the platform to offer additional functionality. The modules are similar to applications for a smartphone in how they are seamlessly integrated and provide additional capabilities.

Most of the main features of Ignition are actually provided by different modules such as the Vision and SQL Bridge modules. 

Ignition Software Stack

Looking at the Ignition software stack below, you can see that the HMI/SCADA/MES module layers are built on the Ignition platform. 

Here are the different software layers in Ignition's modular architecture:

  • OS Layer – the Operating System Layer
    Provides basic computing resources such as the file system and access to the network.
  • Platform Layer
    Provides all the basic functionalities such as connecting to devices and databases, licensing, launching clients, managing all Ignition modules over the web, and more.
  • HMI/SCADA Module Layer
    Provides the core modules that enable real-time and historical data access, trends, and control
  • Third-Party Module Layer
    Additional modules provided by Strategic Partners and other developers to further extend Ignition's capabilities.
  • User Created Application Layer
    The resulting project created for your organization. Developed internally, or by a third-party. 


About Ignition's Modular Architecture

Steve Hechtman Blog

Click the link below to see the blog:

Why your SCADA system should be more like your smart phone






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