Module Marketplace

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In the field of industrial control systems, Module Marketplace is an online store, similar in concept to: the iTunes Store or Google Play for the SCADA software industry. Inductive Automation opened it on March 4, 2013.[1]

Overview[edit]

The Module Marketplace is designed for the users and developers of the Ignition integrated development platform. All modules are developed using the Ignition software development kit (SDK). Some modules are free while others are for sale. The Marketplace contains both Inductive Automation and third-party modules for Ignition software.

Media response[edit]

Early reviews compared the Module Marketplace to the Apple iTunes store,[2][3] indicated that it was disruptive[4] and that it removed proprietary boundaries among SCADA software producers.[5]

Market structure[edit]

Developers set their own pricing models in the marketplace, with 70% of the revenue going to the developer and 30% going to Inductive Automation.[6]

All modules are required to be submitted for validation to Inductive Automation to test for stability, compatibility and memory leaks. Upon validation, the module is digitally signed by Inductive Automation and may be uploaded to the Module Marketplace. All modules are required to include a free user re-settable 2-hour trial version.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inductive Automation to Launch First Community-Based Industrial Automation Software Module Store". Inductive Automation. Retrieved 10 Mar 2013. 
  2. ^ Dale Peterson (22 Feb 2013). "Digital Bond Friday News & Notes". Retrieved 10 Mar 2013. 
  3. ^ Dave Greenfield (14 Feb 2013). "Consumer Technology Drives Automation". Automation World. Retrieved 10 Mar 2013. 
  4. ^ Gary Mintchell (18 Feb 2013). "ARC Forum 2013: First Community-Based Industrial Automation Software Module Store". Gary Mintchell Feed Forward. Retrieved 10 Mar 2013. 
  5. ^ Craig Resnick (15 Feb 2013). "http://www.arcweb.com/industry-news/2013-02-14/inductive-automation-to-launch-first-community-based-industrial-automation-software-module-store.aspx". ARC Advisory Group. Retrieved 10 Mar 2013.  External link in |title= (help)
  6. ^ Don Pearson (4 March 2013). "Module Marketplace Launch Webinar". Youtube.com (Podcast). Inductive Automation. Event occurs at 42:10. Retrieved 10 Mar 2013. 
  7. ^ Travis Cox (4 March 2013). "Module Marketplace Launch Webinar". Youtube.com (Podcast). Inductive Automation. Event occurs at 43:10. Retrieved 10 Mar 2013. 

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