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GE Digital announced the release of next-generation iFIX and CIMPLICITY software, its flagship HMI/SCADA applications. Part of the Proficy software portfolio, iFIX 2023 and CIMPLICITY 2023 can help increase efficiency and faster development with native HTML5 UI, MQTT, centralized deployment and common portfolio configuration.

Designed to empower today’s connected workers with more than just traditional HMI functionality, next-gen iFIX and CIMPLICITY can help reduce installation and maintenance efforts by using native HTML5 HMI with Proficy Operations Hub. This no-code/low-code environment is also designed to support easier mobility, more responsive design, added value with modern web features, increased security by design, and richer information where and when users users need it, on the devices of their choice.

GE Digital’s new native HTML5 graphical designer and lighter scalable runtime environment are designed to help provide a better and faster way to develop HMI. Businesses can help increase transparency and productivity through a unified operator experience that can more easily combine iFIX or CIMPLICITY with other OT and IT systems, adding information such as PDFs, videos, SQL tables and work orders.

iFIX 2023 and CIMPLICITY 2023 provide a new MQTT5 client that can help simplify communication and support operations optimization. The new client brings data from smart IoT sensors and devices into the SCADA application and subscribes to MQTT message bus data. Other new features in iFIX and CIMPLICITY include screen creation accelerators such as auto-link data and common configuration across the Proficy portfolio.

In addition to the new features available in both applications, iFIX 2023 brings innovations that can help speed up development and increase reliability. These new features include centralized project deployment; a common model between iFIX and Proficy Historian and GE Digital’s Proficy Operations Hub; and TCP/IP-compliant failover that enables failover between networks/sites, supports architectural flexibility, and can help facilitate disaster recovery.

Additional new features in CIMPLICITY 2023 are designed to simplify setup and reduce risk. Features include GE Digital’s Configuration Hub, which allows users to define projects and take advantage of OPC UA discovery; a common template to which users can publish CIMPLICITY classes/objects for HMI development; and improvements in security and high availability.

Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group, commented: “Today’s industrial workforce can be located both onsite and remotely, requires secure connectivity and collaboration tools, often uses portable devices and mobile laptops with operating systems ranging from Windows to iOS to Android, and wants to be able to configure solutions without the need for deep programming skills. iFIX 2023 and CIMPLICITY 2023 meet each of these requirements, ranging from its use of native HTML5 and web design to its use of no-code/low-code technology, as well as providing users with low-cost connectivity. bandwidth for a number of IIoT sensors often used for asset monitoring and management through its native use of MQTT technology.

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