Temecula, CA – Opto 22 has announced the release of the Secure Strategy Distribution System, as part of PAC Project(tm) version 8.2, the company's flagship automation software suite that includes control programming, HMI development, OPC connectivity, and enterprise database integration components. The Secure Strategy Distribution System gives Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and machine builders the ability to encrypt both firmware and control programs so they can only be uploaded or downloaded to a controller via use of a secure encryption key.
The new Secure Strategy Distribution System features included in PAC Project 8.2 were designed specifically to protect the intellectual property of OEMs, who can now secure the controllers they embed in their machines, thereby preventing unauthorized users from loading and running code or accessing or downloading preloaded control programs without use of a shared encryption key. For example, should control programs or firmware running on machines in the field need updating, the OEM can create a controller download file, encrypt it, and then distribute it to end-user customers. Because these field controllers are secured, they will only accept files that have a digital signature that matches that of their OEM's private key. This guarantees that the Opto 22 firmware or control program update is authentic and has not been modified.
About PAC Project
The full roster of PAC Project components:
·PAC Control(tm)-intuitive flowchart and scripting control programming software for developing
control programs that run on SNAP PAC controllers, and ideal for sequential control, batch and
process control, motion control, complex math, conditional branching, string handling,
subroutines, PID loop control, and more.
·PAC Display(tm)-a Microsoft® Windows®-based human-machine interface (HMI) development
application used to create graphical interfaces that mimic a process. Support for alarm
management, recipe handling, operator logging, real-time and historical trending, multimedia,
and unlimited tags puts PAC Display on par with competing HMI development applications
costing thousands of dollars more per seat.
·PAC Manager(tm)-a configuration and maintenance tool used to inspect and view control
programs variables and I/O data in real time.
·OptoOPCServer(tm) (included with PAC Project Professional or available separately)-an OLE
for Process Control (OPC) 2.0-compliant server used to consolidate and publish SNAP PAC
System(tm) data to OPC-aware clients, including third-party HMIs such as Wonderware's
InTouch®, Intellution's iFix®, and Iconic's Genesis®.
·OptoDataLink(tm) (included with PAC Project Professional or available separately)-connectivity
software used to enable bidirectional data transfer between the SNAP PAC System and
enterprise databases-such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, and MySQL-without
brokering the data through an HMI.
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