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MQTT and InduSoft Web Studio – Protocols for IIoT Applications

The Internet of Things requires disparate systems and device-level components to speak to one another seamlessly. However, this level of communication between so many different possible combinations of hardware has been a major challenge to the adoption of Internet of Things (IIoT) architectures. One protocol, MQTT is aiming to become the new standard in IoT and IIoT applications. Let’s look at how MQTT got started: Continue reading

IoT is Expanding Faster than Security Can Keep Up – That Doesn’t Mean Complacency is Acceptable

IoT has truly hit the consumer sphere, and it’s not unreasonable to expect that plants and industrial automation as a whole will soon be incorporating elements of the consumer IoT in the form of camera, motion sensors, thermostats, and more. Whether industrial or consumer grade, it’s rapidly becoming an expectation that the devices we use will be connected to the internet, and that the data they collect will make them more helpful to us. Continue reading

Finding System Information in InduSoft Web Studio

Select System Information to open the System Information window, which provides information about the following:

System Information: Displays details about your operating system.
Network Resources: Displays details about your computer’s network.
Applications: Lists the applications that are running.
Processes: Displays all Windows tasks that are running.
Services: Lists the Windows NT/2000 services being used by IWS (Windows NT/2000 only). Continue reading

Running Studio Mobile Access on a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a great device for everything from personal projects to large-scale Andon systems. InduSoft is busy exploring new and interesting ways these tiny computers can be used in industrial applications, and we’re documenting some of the interesting ways we’ve found to use Raspberry Pi. Continue reading

Using a Function in InduSoft Web Studio to Return your Wireless Network Name

GETSSID is a small sample app for InduSoft Web Studio HMI software that uses a function defined in the main procedures called GetSSID. It is created using various VBScript Class Objects and their Properties which returns name of the wiress network that your computer is connected to in a MessageBox. If your computer is not connected to a wireless network, the MessageBox is blank. The function is called from a script in a button object on a popup screen. Continue reading