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The Ignition Edge system is unique in that it can be very flexible and fill in the gaps in any system architecture. Ignition Edge is a smaller version of the standard Ignition install. Edge is used to dit sit at the edge of a network and do a few specific tasks like client failover or push MQTT data.

Each Edge plugin (Panel, IIoT, Compute, Edge Sync Services and EAM) offers specific functionality that works best in certain scenarios, but because any combination of plugins can be installed, an Edge Gateway may fill multiple roles and help bridge two different architectures. The diagrams show some architecture options using Edge.  Additionally, these architecture diagrams show an Edge Gateway paired with an Ignition Gateway, which shows how an Edge system architecture can be added on to any of the other Ignition architectures.


Ignition Edge was revised and expanded significantly as of release 8.0.10. For more information, see Ignition Edge.



Edge with the Panel plugin can act as a stand-alone panel by simply connecting to a local PLC and building a basic screen.  Paired with a central Ignition Gateway, the Edge can also act as a local client fallback, providing control on site in the event of a lost network connection.

Edge IIoT 

Edge with the IIoT plugin (formerly MQTT) provides a simple way of setting up an MQTT Publisher next to a PLC, allowing it to connect to a greater IIoT architecture. Here you can see multiple types of devices using Ignition Edge to connect in the network.

Edge IIoT as a standalone edge gateway to publish device data from the edge of the network to an MQTT broker:

Edge IIoT as an edge gateway to publish device data from the edge of the network to an MQTT broker:

Edge IIoT and Edge Panel together to add a local client at the edge of the network and to publish data to an MQTT broker.

Edge Sync Services

Ignition Edge Sync Services acts as a limited remote server that synchronizes data from the edge of the network to a central Ignition server.

Edge EAM 

Edge EAM acts as a remote EAM Agent Gateway and can easily combine with any other Edge edition for central management.