Tag Providers

At the highest level of Tag configuration is the Tag Provider. A provider is a Tag database (a collection of Tags) and a name. An Ignition Gateway can have any number of Tag Providers, and therefore the name is used to distinguish which provider a Tag comes from. Tag Providers can be set up with security or even disabled independent of each other.

Every copy of Ignition has its own Tags, spread across one or more Tag Providers. With the remote Tag Provider, Ignition can also see the Tags on another Gateway, as long as the two Gateways are connected through a Gateway network.

All Tags reside in a Tag Provider and have realtime values. Additionally, there is the concept of Tag historian providers, which can store and query historical data for Tags. Each Tag can optionally have a historian provider assigned to it to whom it will report value changes for historical storage.

Realtime Provider Types

There are two types of Realtime Tag Providers that you can choose from:

  • Standard Tag Provider: Standard Tag Providers store all configuration and do any execution (read, write, history, alarms) through the local Ignition Gateway. Every new Ignition installation automatically creates a Standard Tag Provider named "default." You can add as many Standard Tag Providers as you want. This provider can be exposed or hidden from other Gateways on the network through the Gateway's OPC UA settings.
  • Remote Tag Provider: Remote Tag Providers connect a remote installation of Ignition and access those Tags. The remote Tag Provider works by creating a link from the local Gateway to a Tag provider on a remote Gateway using a Gateway Network connection. The local Ignition may be allowed to read and write to the remote Tags, but any execution is handled by the remote Gateway. So, things like writing to a PLC, alarms, and history will still be handled by the remote Ignition.
    • Put another way, "tags" in a remote tag provider are simply representations of the tags as they exist on the remote system. By default, a Remote Tag Provider will fall under the Default Security Zone and be read only.

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Configuring Realtime Providers

Realtime Tags providers are configured in the Gateway's Config section under Tags > Realtime. After installation, the Ignition Gateway will start with a standard provider defined. You can edit its name and settings by selecting edit to the right of its entry in the table, or create new providers by selecting Create new Realtime Tag Provider below the table.

Note: When setting up your Realtime Tag Provider, naming your Provider the same name as the database connection is not recommended. Doing so may cause no values to be returned when querying Tag data.

Standard Tag Provider

Tags are stored inside of Ignition and executed by the system.

Setting

Description

NameThe name of the provider.
DescriptionThe description of the provider.
EnabledIf true, Tag provider is enabled. Default is true. 
Default DatabaseThe default database connection to use for expression Tags that run SQL queries. All query Tags with default database providers selected with run their queries against this database source.
Tag Read Permissions

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Any actor attempting to read any tag within this tag provider must have these permissions in addition to the target tag's permissions. Multiple security level paths can be specified by separating them with commas. If blank, tag reads for this provider will not be restricted by default.

For example:

Authenticated/Roles/Administrator, SecurityZones/MyZone

When multiple security levels are provided, the radio buttons determine if the user needs all of the listed security levels, or at least one. 

Read Only

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If enabled, writes to any tag within this tag provider will be rejected, regardless of the target tag's permissions. Disabled by default. 

Tag Write Permissions

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Any actor attempting to write to any tag within this tag provider must have these permissions in addition to the target tag's permissions. Multiple security level paths can be specified by separating them with commas. If blank, tag writes for this provider will not be restricted by default.

See the example for Tag Read Permissions. 

Tag Editing Permissions

Determines the roles required to edit, create, or delete Tags in the provider. Expects a path to a Security Level. Multiple levels can be specified, separated by a comma. For example:

Authenticated/Roles/Administrator, SecurityZones/MyZone

When multiple security levels are provided, the radio buttons determine if the user needs all of the listed security levels, or at least one. 

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As of version 8.1.2, Edge Gateways now have access to the Tag Editing Permissions setting. 

Advanced Properties
Allow Back-fill Data

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If enabled, data will be allowed to arrive out of order from the source. Data from the past will be stored to history, but will not be used for alarms, scripts, or subscriptions. If false (default behavior), each value will be processed fully as it arrives. Default is false.

Remote Tag Provider

Tag Provider from one Gateway is brought in to another Gateway.

Setting

Description

Name

The name of the provider.
DescriptionThe description of the provider
GatewayThe name of the Gateway on the Gateway Network that this provider is coming from.
ProviderThe name of the provider as it is on the remote Gateway. This does not have to be the same as its name on the new Gateway.
History Access Mode

This setting dictates how Tag history is queried for remote Tags. Ultimately determines where records are processed. 

When set to GatewayNetwork, history requests will go through the Gateway Network. Meaning the remote gateway will query records from it's database, process the records, then send the results over to the requesting gateway. 

When set to Database  history requests will run against  the  database  directly. In this scenario, the requesting gateway then processes the data. 

History DatasourceThe datasource to query when History Access Mode is set to Database.
History Driver

If querying the database directly, this is the Gateway name of the remote system. It is used to identify data from that system in the database.

History ProviderIf querying the database directly, this is the name of the Tag provider on the remote system. It is used along with driver name to identify the correct Tags in the database.
Alarms EnabledIf true, alarms configured on the remote Gateway will be enabled on the new Gateway.
Alarm ModeHow alarm state should be monitored. In 'queried', state will be queried through the Gateway network when necessary. In 'subscribed', the state will be subscribed, and updates will be sent asynchronously. Subscribed provides better performance, but uses more memory.
Advanced Properties
Allow Back-fill Data

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If enabled, data will be allowed to arrive out of order from the source. Data from the past will be stored to history, but will not be used for alarms, scripts, or subscriptions. If false (default behavior), each value will be processed fully as it arrives. Default is false.


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