VYKON 3.8 is here!
Posted by Bobby Palmer (Import) on 17 January 2014 10:57 AM


VYKON 3.8 is here!

Greater mobile support, increased security and more!

VYKON announces the general availability of NiagaraAX 3.8.  This latest release of the NiagaraAX Framework provides improved efficiencies, greater flexibility, and enhanced security for both the system integrator and end user.   With this feature rich update, users can expect:

  • A richer mobile experience allowing End Users the same level of detail on their mobile devices as they would get from a desktop display
  • Time savings by re-using desktop graphics for mobile views
  • Optimizing views is easier for different display sizes with resizeable graphics capability
  • Enhanced framework security with stronger authentication and industry standard Active Directory integration
  • Simplified data analysis with more powerful data analysis tools that allow users to easily access relevant data and simplify tasks like month to month benchmarking, maximizing operational efficiency
  • Support for additional Operating Systems (OS) allowing customers to run Niagara on the contemporary platforms currently required for their business needs
  • Improved usability for localization with support for several Asian language character sets.  Localization Improvements allow greater penetration of Asian Markets by improving usability in their native languages,  decreasing system engineering time

VYKON NiagaraAX 3.8 is available for immediate download.

NiagaraAX 3.8 Release Features

Improved User Experience Drives Greater Efficiencies and Flexibility

Mobile technology has become a standard with all businesses today. With the release of NiagaraAX 3.8, mobile functionality has been greatly expanded to allow users to create complex mobile views by leveraging absolute positioning in the mobile pane, the ability to reuse existing Px pages as mobile views, and a new zoom feature that facilitates mobile design. 

In addition, with the release of NiagaraAX 3.8, the ability to design graphics that can be resized without impacting the quality of the image is now possible using the embedded Batik Java SVG toolkit.

Enhanced Framework Security

Stronger AuthenticationAs a result of our on-going commitment to arm the NiagaraAXFramework with powerful security features based on industry best practices, release 3.8 includes password strength configuration designed to provide users the ability to determine the parameters for each strength level of passwords based upon installation needs.1

Active Directory IntegrationNiagaraAX 3.8 incorporates the latest standard of LDAP integration (LDAPv3) which allows the benefits of LDAP single sign-on with additional security enhancements.  Users will now be able to use LDAPv3 with support for Kerberos Client Authentication, the industry standard that enables remote access without having to pass user password information over the network. 

Federal Ready – FIPS 140-2 and IEEE 802.1x Compliant

NiagaraAX 3.8 supports IEEE 802.1x functionality and provides a software option that will make the Niagara station FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant.  The FIPS option meets the requirements for any IP devices that will be deployed on a government IT network. FIPS compliance provides an additional layer of security by using a NIST-certified cryptographic module that is used for common IT security functions.

How to Order

Part Number



2013 List Price


FIPS 140-2 for AX Supervisors

Provides FIPS 140-2 Level 1 conformance for an AX Supervisor



FIPS 140-2 for JACE products

Provides FIPS 140-2 Level 1 conformance for JACE 3E, 6, 6E, and 7



Guest User Account

Enables the Guest User Account for NiagaraAX 3.8

NOTE: Enabling the Guest User decreases the security of the NiagaraAX System


The Guest Account has been disabled in all systems shipped (except Demo Stations) to strengthen out of the box security.  If an application requires the guest account, please contact your VYKON representative for additional information.

Improved Data Analysis

Users of NiagaraAX 3.8 now have greater flexibility to manipulate Niagara datasets, allowing for enhanced reporting and visualization by expanding the Series Transform feature with the new Filter Node and Time Shift Node. Users can more easily isolate useful data from histories and perform system benchmarking, such as month to month or year to year comparisons. 

Localization – Expanded Asian Language Support

NiagaraAX 3.8 provides enhanced Chinese, Japanese, and Korean character rendering and input methods.  Customers can now enter, view, and export in their native language, saving them time by making it easier to configure Niagara systems.

Expanded OS Support

NiagaraAX 3.8 users can now run  VYKON WorkplaceAX and VYKON AX Supervisor on the latest Microsoft Windows technologies, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  Users of these technologies will now have smart screen icons for WorkplaceAX and/or AX Supervisor. End users can leverage the contemporary OS’s they have already deployed for their business needs without needing additional support for older versions to run NiagaraAX.

Additional information on these features and other documents are now available and can be accessed on Niagara Central at  This page includes links to:

Updated Technical Documents

  • NiagaraAX User Guide
  • NiagaraAX Mobile Guide
  • NiagaraAX SSL Connectivity Guide
  • Plus additional updated guides

Launch Documents

  • Release Notes
  • FAQs
  • Feature Overview
  • Test Summary     

If you have questions or would like to learn more about NiagaraAX 3.8, please contact your VYKON sales representative or sales support representative.


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Java 7 Update 25 may cause Niagara applet to fail
Posted by Bobby Palmer (Import) on 19 June 2013 12:54 PM



Java 7 Update 25 may cause Niagara applet to fail


Oracle has just released JAVA 7 update 25 which appears to cause the Niagara web applet to fail. This issue may affect your customers who accept the default automatic JAVA upgrade.

Am I affected?

If JAVA 7 update 25 is installed, web browser users who login with a Workbench profile (which uses JAVA applets) are affected.  The wbapplet is prevented from being started, and the browser appears to stop loading the Niagara user interface.

All released versions of Niagara may be affected.

All browsers may be affected.

Is there a Workaround?

While no workaround is currently known for the Workbench profile in a web browser, our engineering team is working to identify the issues and make verified patches available for all supported versions.
Alternative workarounds are:

  • Edit user account to use HX profile. This does not use JAVA applets so does not require JAVA plugin. (Mobile profile in AX 3.7 should not be affected either).
  • Downgrade JAVA plug-in back to JAVA 7 update 21. This will require accessing Oracle JAVA archive and creating a free Oracle login to access the installer.

Further information

At this time we are still investigating the cause of the issue. We will provide further information when available.

If you have any questions, please contact your VYKON sales representative or our Sales Support Team at:


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Tridium is releasing a security patch for NiagaraAX
Posted by Bobby Palmer (Import) on 11 February 2013 06:42 PM



Tridium Issues Security Patch

All customers should apply patch to existing NiagaraAX 3.5, 3.6 or 3.7 systems

Tridium is releasing a security patch for NiagaraAX 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 that addresses the vulnerability associated with the Security Bulletin that Tridium issued on February 6, 2013.   The Security Patch is now available.  The patch removes a directory traversal vulnerability allowing a user with a valid user account or guest privileges to escalate his or her privileges on a NiagaraAX system.

Tridium strongly recommends all customers apply the security patch to any existing 3.5, 3.6 or 3.7 systems to correct this vulnerability.  Customers with systems running a version of NiagaraAX released prior to 3.5 should purchase an upgrade to the latest version of the Niagara Framework software in order to take advantage of the latest security improvements.

The security patch along with details about the patch and installation instructions are available on Niagara Central at  (Niagara Central access required)

The patch does not affect any standard Niagara configuration or functionality. The only impact of the change is to remove the vulnerability.  

It is important all Niagara Framework customers and system integrators review their security policies to ensure their Internet-facing systems are properly protected. We continue to recommend to all customers that Niagara Framework systems operate behind a firewall or VPN.  Tridium understands the importance of providing a securable software framework to its customers.  Whenever critical security issues are discovered, Tridium is committed to taking the appropriate steps to resolve them quickly.



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Oracle Releases Critical Patch for Java SE
Posted by Bobby Palmer (Import) on 05 February 2013 04:10 PM



Oracle Releases Critical Patch for Java SE

VYKON recommends downloading and installing patch

Oracle has released a Critical Patch Update for Java SE that addresses a number of security vulnerabilities.  The patch contains fixes for 50 security vulnerabilities including 44 that only affect client deployment of Java.  These vulnerabilities can only be exploited on desktops through Java Web Start applications or Java applets.  One reported vulnerability exploits the installation process of client deployment of Java – installation of the Java Runtime Environment on desktops.  This Critical Patch Update also includes fixes that were previously released with the Java 7 Update 11 alert. (Security Alert CVE-2013-0422).

We are evaluating the impact of the security alert from Oracle on systems using Niagara and will issue a follow-up bulletin once our impact analysis has been completed. 

VYKON recommends that customers evaluate the risk of enabling Java based on how the affected PC is used.  In any case, VYKON recommends that customers download and install the Critical Patch Update.   The patch can be found at this link:

Additional guidelines on updating the JRE on a Windows Platform can be found at this updated Tech Tip on Niagara Central:  Login required to access.

Additional Resources:


National Vulnerability Database

Niagara Central

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Tridium Announces Hardware EOL (End-of-Life) Policy
Posted by Bill Rambo on 16 January 2013 11:28 AM



Tridium Announces Hardware EOL (End-of-Life) Policy


Effective immediately, Tridium is introducing an EOL (End-of-Life) policy to the North American Price list.  We have been listening to our customers who asked for advanced notice on product End-of-Life notifications.  The goal is to provide ample time to plan for parts obsolescence and migration to newer hardware platforms when available.  An EOL tab has been added to the North American Price list and the following information outlines the policy:

  1. Tridium is providing a long term phase out program to provide parts for items included in this EOL announcement.  The EOL tab will outline when the date last orders can be placed.
  2. The EOL tab will contain detailed information and guidelines concerning ordering parts.  Standard lead times will not apply, and Tridium reserves the right to review and reject an EOL product order.
  3. Parts on the EOL tab will still be sold with a standard warranty.  After the parts are no longer available for sale replacements will still be available for warranty replacements.
  4. Once placed on the EOL list, Tridium’s OEMs should begin developing a migration plan to avoid part availability issues in the future. 1 
  5. An Office Demo part version of an EOL listed platform will be available for 90 days from the EOL Entry Date. Your sales representative will be contacting you in February with an updated price list to reflect these changes.
  6. This policy is in effect as of Jan 1, 2013. The following AX parts have been moved to the EOL list.



EOL Entry Date

Last Order Date

Last Delivery Date

Replacement Recommendation


JACE 202 Express Controller






JACE 202 Express Controller with GPRS






JACE 202 Express Demo






JACE 403 with Extended Memory






Int. JACE 403 with Extended Memory






JACE 545 with Extended Memory






Int. JACE 545 with Extended Memory






JACE 5R – Rack mount






JACE 6 Controller






JACE 6 Controller – Made in U.S.A.






JACE-6 Demo Kit






JACE 6 Express Controller






JACE 6 Express Controller with GPRS






Dial-up Modem Option Card





 1 There are additional hardware option parts for this product that are on the EOL list which are not indicated on this list.
Please contact us here at ActiveLogix to review the changes and answer any questions you may have.


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JACE-600E and JACE-600E-A
Posted by Bill Rambo on 06 November 2012 09:00 AM



VYKON Announces the Availability
of the JACE-600E and JACE-600E-A

New Battery-Less JACE Now Offered

We are pleased to announce the JACE-6E is now available. The JACE-6E is the latest in our series of compact embedded controller/server platforms.

The unit has been developed as an upgrade to the existing J-600. VYKON will offer the current J-600 model through the end of 2012 before entering an end-of-life program. 

The J-600E is recommended for all new projects.  The J-600 should only be considered in situations where Niagara revisions older than must be used.

Major enhancements to the J-600E and J-600E-A include: 

  • Battery-less operation
  • 60°C ambient operating temperature
  • Optional battery for 10 minute UPS function
  • Redundant station backup services

Please select the topics below to download the J-600E support documentation:

Please note that the Battery Installation Manual has been modified as a result of the NPM6E and Data Recovery services. The updated document is available at the following link: (Niagara Central access required):

If you have any questions, please contact your VYKON sales representative or sales support representative.


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