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Opto 22 responds to inquiries regarding URGENT/11

Posted by Benson Hougland on Aug 7, 2019 1:18:01 PM

The recent announcement of security vulnerabilities discovered in the Wind River® VxWorks® IPnet TCP/IP stack has prompted questions from Opto 22 customers about what impact this discovery may have on TCP/IP-based products developed and manufactured by Opto 22.

Opto 22 would like to reassure our customers that, after careful and thorough review, we can state that none of our hardware or software products contain the VxWorks IPnet TCP/IP stack or variants of that software and are, therefore, not directly exposed to any attacks that might target these vulnerabilities. This statement applies to the recent Opto 22 product family groov EPIC® (edge programmable industrial controller), the groov® Edge Appliance (groov Box), the SNAP PAC® System, and SNAP Ethernet I/O® products.

These security vulnerabilities, dubbed URGENT/11 by Armis, an enterprise IoT security firm that made the discoveries, have far-reaching implications and affect an extremely large array of industrial, medical, and enterprise environments. These include mission-critical systems such as SCADA, industrial controllers, PLCs, PACs, and more. Other systems outside traditional industrial devices like patient monitors and MRI machines, as well as firewalls, routers, modems, VOIP phones, and printers are also affected.

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Topics: PACs, Security, EPIC, groov EPIC, cybersecurity

groov EPIC's Linux Operating System and Secure Shell (SSH) Access

Posted by Terry Orchard on Aug 7, 2019 10:33:49 AM

As you might have read in previous blog posts, groov EPIC runs a Linux-based operating system that supports a variety of programming and operating options, including optional secure shell (SSH) access. SSH provides root access to the tools, software, and files on the groov EPIC system.

But how does SSH access work, what is it capable of, and is it right for you? In this post I’ll go into a bit more depth about secure shell and the Linux operating system (OS) on groov EPIC and provide answers to these questions.

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Topics: Security, groov EPIC, Linux, secure shell

Start EPIC communication to your serial devices

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 30, 2019 10:56:51 AM

Learn how to set up, install, and communicate using a groov EPIC serial I/O module.

Many industrial automation applications require communication between the controller and multiple serial devices. The GRV-CSERI-4 module provides four independent and isolated serial ports for this purpose. Each port is software configurable to communicate with RS-232 or RS-485 (half duplex or full duplex) serial devices.

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Topics: PAC Control, I/O modules, groov EPIC, I/O, serial module

A discussion of open-source software and SCADA

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 25, 2019 8:30:00 AM

An Automation World podcast poses the question, "Is open-source software a good choice for SCADA?"

A new podcast series, Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered, addresses questions submitted exclusively by its readers and subscribers. Opto 22's Benson Hougland and Terry Orchard recently sat down with Automation World's Editor-in-Chief, David Greenfield, to provide some insight on this open source and SCADA discussion.

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Topics: IIoT, MQTT, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, Linux, open source software

I/O module quality indicator LED sheds light on system status

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 22, 2019 10:21:08 AM

New video workshop takes a closer look at the LED quality indicator on groov EPIC I/O modules.

Are you seeing a yellow light on one of your groov EPIC I/O modules? This means that one or more of its values is outside of the expected range. Opto 22 applications engineer Ben Orchard explains why this is important and how to use this feature in a video that's just been added to the groov EPIC hardware playlist.

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Topics: PAC Control, I/O modules, groov EPIC

Add new animated graphics to your groov View HMI screens

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Take advantage of our all-new animated GIFs resource page and SVG image library.

Are you building HMI screens to use with your groov EPIC (GRV-EPIC-PR1) or groov Edge Appliance (GROOV-AR1-BASE)? You'll want to check out these handy website resources to customize your HMI.

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Topics: groov View, groov EPIC, HMI, SVG, GIF

The Edge Unleashed at Ignition Discovery Day

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Attendees learned how to build a complete IIoT infrastructure for improved efficiency and real-time analytics.

The Opto 22 Road Crew was in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month to take part in another Ignition Discovery Day. These are one-day seminars hosted by Inductive Automation® that show the unique capabilities of the Ignition Edge® platform, and how it offers the automation industry a new architecture for collecting and analyzing data.

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Topics: IIoT, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC

groov EPIC Premium Factory Training now offered in the Southeast U.S.

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 17, 2019 8:31:49 AM

OptoPartner and Distributor Advanced Control Solutions (ACS) now offers groov EPIC classes in their new OptoCertifed training facility located in Marietta, Georgia.

Good news for those of you looking for instructor-led classroom training on Opto 22's groov EPIC system. You now have a choice: come to Opto 22 headquarters in California or head to the southeastern U.S., whichever is more convenient for you.

ACS's recently opened training lab is staffed by OptoCertifed Trainers and teaches the same EPIC Premium Factory Training curriculum. Choose your location and get the same great training for your next automation or IIoT project.

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Topics: Training, EPIC, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center

Publish Allen-Bradley PLC tags using MQTT & Sparkplug

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 2, 2019 3:03:36 PM

New video shows you how to use the Ignition Edge® MQTT Transmission module in groov EPIC to publish tag data from Allen-Bradley® PLCs.

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Sparkplug

Update available for your groov Box

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 1, 2019 8:20:57 AM

groov Admin update version 1.570.51 is available now.

If you own or use a groov Edge Appliance (GROOV-AR1-BASE), we've got good news for you!
A new groov Admin update has just been released. This new version includes an Ignition Edge® update to 7.9.11, which removes the 500 tag limit for connectivity to 3rd party PLC devices.

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Topics: groov, Ignition Edge, groov Admin

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