Niagara 4 relies on the Niagara Framework in a new way. It is more independent of browser plug-ins and faster and easier to use. End users can directly access, analyse and act on a wide range of operational data. As an open framework, Niagara 4 offers a number of notable enhancements to help organisations make the most of the Internet of Things. These include advanced visualisation and new search, security and navigation tools.
Niagara 4.4 with analytics is the latest version of Tridium's flagship IoT software platform.
Niagara 4.4 builds on the significant innovations of Niagara 4.3 with new features and enhancements that users have come to expect, including:
- Single Sign On (SSO) using SAML 2.0.
- New HTML5 scheduler and alert console
- Updated Haystack dictionary
- Performance improvements
- Legacy JACE® stability enhancements
- Updated analytics
As we constantly strive to be up to date with our products, sometimes old products have to go. Therefore, we would like to remind you today that the Niagara AX licenses and license options may be purchased only through July 1, 2021. After that no new AX licenses or license options will be sold.
As a competent partner, OAS supports you in all aspects of the transition from Niagara AX to N4 (conversion of old modules to N4, transfer of old programme modules or objects to Java). Please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
However, we would also like to recommend our FAQ section to you in advance, in which you may already be able to answer some of your questions:
What is the last date that Niagara AX licenses can be purchased?
Niagara AX Licenses and License options may be purchased through July 1, 2021. After that no new AX licenses or license options will be sold.
Can I stock Niagara AX Licenses and options?
Yes, you can purchase Niagara AX licenses and license options prior to July 1, 2021 for future use and keep them in your software stock.
If I have a Niagara AX system, and I need to replace or add a JACE after July 1, 2021, what are my options?
- Prior to July 1, 2023, you may purchase an SMA (software maintenance agreement) for your supervisor and migrate the Supervisor to Niagara 4. You will also need to purchase a JACE 8000 with Niagara core and SMA, migrate the station of the JACE you are replacing to Niagara 4, and install the migrated station into the JACE 8000. The migrated supervisor will communicate with your existing JACEs as well as the new JACE 8000 that is running on the Niagara 4 framework.
- If you stocked the AX downgrade part for the JACE 8000, you may purchase a JACE 8000, downgrade it to AX, and copy the station of the JACE that you are replacing into the new JACE. 3.
- After July 1, 2023, you will need to purchase a new Niagara 4 Supervisor license and JACE 8000 and migrate both your supervisor station and JACE station to Niagara 4.
What if I want to add a driver to my AX Supervisor or JACE after July 1, 2021?
- If you stocked the AX driver part, you may add it to an existing Niagara AX License.
- If you do not have the software option in your software stock, you will need to upgrade to Niagara 4. This will require that you upgrade your supervisor to Niagara 4 with an SMA prior to July 1, 2023. After July 1, 2023, you will need to purchase a new Niagara 4 Supervisor license. You may also need to purchase a JACE 8000.
How does end of life for Niagara AX affect support?
- No new Niagara AX Licenses or option parts will be created or sold.
- Tridium will not address defects or cyber security issues after July 1, 2021.
- Windows versions, browsers, databases, etc., released post July 1, 2021 will not be tested with Niagara AX and may have breaking changes that will not be addressed.
- Niagara AX software builds will no longer be available for download.
See what enterprise features have been added since Niagara 4.0
Coming soon: Niagara 4.11
Niagara 4.11 Early Access Features
The following new features and functionalities will be available for testing in Niagara 4.11:
Archive History Provider: The Archive History Provider streamlines access to years of historical Niagara data stored in a relational database (RDB) for rapid visualization and analysis.
- Directly viewing Niagara histories stored in an RDB and locally (Supervisor) via a Niagara station WebChart
- Directly viewing Niagara histories stored in an RDB and locally (Supervisor) via a Niagara station History Table
WebWiresheet: WebWiresheet is an HTML5 browser-based configuration tool which extends the functionality of the existing Wiresheet application in Workbench.
- Core wiresheet editing functions
- Context menu commands
- Wiresheet Thumbnail
- Wiresheet Options
Alarm-Archive-Provider: The alarmOrion Archive Provider will enhance the stability of customer building systems while also providing a compliance mechanism for CFR 21 part 11.
- Caches alarm record events in memory whenever a database connection is interrupted, and then subsequently update the database tables with the applicable records upon restoration of the database connection
- Email actionable alarms upon disconnection of the RDB
BACnet/SC: BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC), a new datalink layer option introduced by ASHRAE in 2019, addresses modern IP infrastructure and IT security requirements related to existing building controls networks.
- Supervisor as a Hub
- JACE as a Hub
- Supervisor as a Node Switch
- JACE as a Node Switch
TLS 1.3: New Transport Layer Security mechanism introduced in 4.11 to support BACnet/SC.
Interpolate Tail Functionality in WebChart: This is new feature in WebChart for 4.11 which includes the following functionality:
- WebChart displays an interpolate tail for line, bar and shade graphs.
- Data that is coming from a live point vs history is displayed differently. If live data is not obtainable, the interpolate tail be a horizontal line to “now.”
- Data popups are updated to differentiate between interpolate tail vs actual data values from history.
- BaseSeries provides a mechanism for child classes to turn the interpolated tail off completely.
Photo ID: New enterprise security HTML5 view in 4.11 includes the following functionality:
- Photo Capture, Crop, Save
- Updated card template management that eliminates java dependencies
Provisioning Enhancements: You can now edit provisioning steps in Niagara 4.11 which enables you to correct a mistake in a provisioning job and then re-run the job accordingly without having to manually reconfigure the job array.
Niagara Framework: Always Evolving – 4.10
Niagara 4.10 brings exciting new features that continue to evolve Niagara’s key tenets of visualization, rapid deployment, security, Edge, connectivity, certification and IT compliance.
Heads up! Niagara 4.10 is now available.
What does that mean for users? In a nutshell: more support for your smart building and IoT deployments. Want more details on Niagara 4.10 or previous updates? Let us help you stay up to date on new features regarding visualisation, quick safety, Edge, connectivity, certification, and IT-compliance. We want to share our 30 years of industry knowledge with you to improve the way you manage your projects.
Here you can find interesting documents for download:
Niagara 4.10 Features Overview
Niagara 4.9 is here!
Niagara 4.9 brings exciting new features that continue to evolve Niagara’s key tenets of visualization, rapid deployment, security, Edge, connectivity, certification and IT compliance. The latest version, includes a host of new features and functionality to support our customers: Distribute more control and management tasks to smart edge devices, Deploy more Niagara and third-party drivers and analytics tools to gain more insights from operational data, Multiply the number of IP-connected devices to collect and analyse operational data with finer granularity, in greater volumes and across more building assets.
- Visualisation: Tag Based Graphics Video Framework & Driver Update
- Deployment: Edge Tools updates ACE for portable Niagara Edge 10 ACE support for IO-R
- Security: SAML Internal IdP Security History Critical Support/Extensions
- Connectivity: JSON toolkit for MQTT authentication
- Certification & Compliance: Enhanced support for databases, operating system and browser
Niagara 4 Features Timeline
Below is a list of features that have been released since the introduction of Niagara 4. Some features in the list have been included to ensure parity with Niagara AX, while others have extended the functionality of the core framework.
Visualization & Analytics
The custom user interface you design to serve relevant data to end-users has a huge impact on project success. To support efficient UI development, Niagara not only offers the visualization improvements of the HTML5 standard, it also supports tag-based graphics. Niagara Analytics package is native to Niagara Supervisor, offering data source, functional and mathematical programming blocks that enable sophisticated analytic algorithms. To learn more about tagging in action and to review Niagara Analytics features and use cases click through here.
Your productivity is important to us. We want Niagara users to sail through essential software configuration and maintenance tasks like managing station and platform users, security settings, and disaster recovery back-ups. Niagara Supervisor's System Database minimizes the time needed to bring remote Niagara instances under supervisory control. From the Niagara Supervisor, you can do efficient batch provisioning to install upgrades to JACE and Edge firmware. to enter security credentials, and to set-up applications and commissioning options. You can also save steps by taking advantage of built-in software templates and templating features.
Tridium proactively safeguards data acquired, stored and served by Niagara Framework. We make security settings configurable, so that all Niagara instances can be customized to adhere to organizational security policies related to user account management, public key infrastructure (PKI) and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) integration, password expiration policies and more. We make cyber security visible through the Niagara Security Dashboard, a centralized, easy-to-read and actionable view on the security posture of your entire Niagara infrastructure. Niagara now also enforces third-party module signing, automatically eliminating the risk that modules may have been tampered with or come from an untrustworthy source.
The trend today is for supervisory controllers, like the Niagara Supervisor, to distribute more control and management tasks to intelligent edge devices. You can better optimize the performance of specific equipment and subsystems when you can collect and analyze operational data at finer granularity, in greater volumes and across longer periods with edge devices. Today, Niagara Supervisor works seamlessly with the Niagara Edge 10, which is delivered with embedded Niagara Framework software/firmware along with the powerful ACE deterministic engine. Our goal is to bring the power of the Niagara Framework to even more edge devices. Today there is a host of third-party vendors offering controllers 'Powered by Niagara.'
Connectivity & Cloud
Enterprise leaders and building owner/operators are waking up to how valuable their operational data is when it comes to achieving outcomes like greater comfort, productivity and energy savings. To make the most of it, they need to integrate Building Automation System (BAS) data and other sensor-acquired environmental data with their enterprise systems and applications. With its large collection of Tridium-developed and third-party-developed drivers, Niagara Framework is one of the surest routes to achieving data interoperability with other applications and databases.+Es gibt Niagara-Treiber und APIs zur Integration mit den gängigsten Paketen zur Verwaltung von Arbeitsaufträgen und zur Analyse von Betriebsdaten.
Niagara MQTT driver now supports easy integration with public clouds such as AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Google cloud. And, Tridium's JSON Toolkit makes it easy to construct bespoke messages into required formats for cloud communication.
Certification & Compliance
Tridium works with the building automation industry standards body BACnet® to test and certify Niagara configurations. For example, Niagara 4 releases of Niagara Framework and underlying JACE hardware are BACnet Advanced Workstation (B-AWS) and BACnet Building Controller (B-BC) compliant.
Niagara Supervisor, JACE units and Niagara Edge 10 controllers are eligible for accreditation under the Federal Risk Management Framework (RMF) for US government and military deployments.
Among its cyber security certifications, Niagara Framework has achieved FIPS 140-2 Level 1 conformance - an essential certification for mission-critical and highly regulated contexts like banking/finance and government/military work. IT administrators are also demanding that devices that connect into their enterprise networks be 802.1X network compliant. JACE® 8000 and Niagara Edge 10 are now compliant with that IEEE standard for network authentication.
Niagara 4 Key Features
- Modern UX framework and design language (HTML5)
- End users are able to easily customize dashboards
- Advanced charting and visualization
- Data tagging
- Tag-based navigation
- Device templating • Data cleansing capabilities
- Niagara station search
- Workbench workflow improvements
- Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
- Pluggable authentication schemes
- Improved UI developer experience (BajaScript 2.0)
- Station templating
- Niagara AX to Niagara 4 station migration tool
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An all-new user interface
Niagara 4 features a bold and intuitive new interface. Modern and easy to use, the platform utilizes HTML5 to provide an array of rich features. Our powerful new UI framework makes the user experience simpler and more robust, giving users maximum control of their data and decisions. The optimized workflow allows users to find and visualize data points quickly based on a powerful tagging system. New features include a built-in search function, customizable charting and visualization, role-based security, real-time troubleshooting and rapid navigation. Niagara 4’s use of HTML5 provides a user interface that makes it easier for systems integrators to create and maintain customized views for end users.
More data at your fingertips
Integrators can provide an interface that empowers users to do more on their own. Because devices, systems and data points can be tagged in Niagara 4, users can easily conduct a station-wide search of the most important elements in their operation.
Tagging and Search
This one-tool solution utilizes tag hierarchies to automatically integrate all data in a navigation tree. Using a standardized dictionary of tagged elements, users choose which points to monitor directly. Users can utilize the standardized dictionary to drive consistency in their building automation systems.
Visualize and Dashboards
With a simple point-and-click or drag-and-drop, users can create customized charts, allowing them to instantly find and display critical information from their desktop, tablet or mobile device. Systems integrators no longer necessarily need to re-engineer new dashboards each time a customer requirement changes. Building real-time dashboards is straightforward, allows for immediate troubleshooting and quickly displays data with attractive visualizations.
Niagara 4 takes a “defense-in-depth” approach to Internet of Things security. Building on the security of previous Niagara versions, Niagara 4 is secure by default. Authentication requires users to choose strong credentials, and both data in motion and sensitive data at rest are encrypted. Niagara 4 also uses Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), making user permissions easy to configure and less error-prone. Niagara 4 also can be integrated with existing enterprise identity and access management systems, such as LDAP and Kerberos. All user actions and security-related events are recorded in Niagara’s audit log for traceability.
Niagara 4’s new templating feature enables tags to be applied to devices quickly, and allows applications to be prebuilt against a set of standardized templates which then can be quickly created and reused. In other words, once a template is made, it can be redeployed as often as needed in other instances. The result is not only a more functional design for users but also reduced integration time across the board.
Faster, More powerful development
Developers will find improved documentation, a rich open API library, BajaScript 2.0, semantic data modeling via tags and other ready-made tools to greatly speed and support development. In addition, the need for specialized training in the Niagara user interface is reduced—anyone familiar with open Web development can now create a custom UI in Niagara. Niagara 4’s new features and public APIs make it easier to extend, develop and build upon the framework.
Tridium has engineered Niagara 4 and the new SBS JACE 8N4 controller to be easy to add to, or upgrade from, your current Niagara-based systems.
Our native Niagara Fox protocol will work between the Niagara AX and Niagara 4 software systems, and the Niagara 4 software will work with any currently available JACE hardware. For those making the conversion to our most up-to-date products, Tridium offers a station conversion tool that will adapt Niagara AX stations to Niagara 4 stations. Converted stations will require third-party vendors to provide updated modules for Niagara 4 versions of their content. However, most modules will require only minor refactoring for developers to make the conversion. We are dedicated to making the conversion between systems as seamless as possible.
Niagara AX compatibility summary
- Fox network compatibility between Niagara AX and Niagara 4
- Station conversion tool to convert Niagara AX stations to Niagara 4 stations (.bog files)
- Public APIs • Niagara Driver Framework still supported
- Niagara 4 will run on any SBS JACE 8N4 with HotSpot VM (J3, J6, J6E, J7)
- Niagara 4 will run on any SBS JACE 8N4 controller
Software frameworks provide a platform to allow businesses to more easily build their end-product offerings. The patented Niagara Framework is targeted at solving the challenges associated with managing diverse smart devices, unifying their data, and connecting them to enterprise applications. Examples of smart devices include: monitoring and control systems, sensors, metering systems, and embedded controls on packaged equipment systems.
framework, n. something composed of parts fitted together and united; a structural frame; a basic structure (as of ideas); in object-oriented programming, a reusable basic design structure, consisting of abstract and concrete classes, that assists in building applications.