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EMAIL INTERVIEW – John Sublett and Ken Sinclair
John Sublett, Chief Technology Officer, Tridium
John Sublett is a co-founder of Tridium, joining the
team in 1996. He was one of the lead architects for the Niagara
Framework and holds multiple patents related to the core concepts of
NiagaraAX. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Tridium and a
Honeywell Engineering Fellow.
What’s going on at Tridium?
security patch we recently issued addresses some vulnerabilities in the
Niagara Framework software.
3.7 is about to be released and includes some major new features.
John Sublett, Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer, spoke with me
recently about the Niagara Framework and Tridium.
Sinclair: Tridium is about to release an update to the Niagara Framework. What can you tell me about that?
We have also expanded our support for crypto in 3.7 to include full
support for PKI (public key infrastructure) with tools in workbench to
manage it all. The certificate management tools are similar to
what is available in a standard web browser or web server. In
3.7, the new crypto features are applied to HTTP connections, fox
connections, and Niagara platform connections; basically any of the
core connection types used in all Niagara installations.
These are some of the high points, but like any Niagara release, 3.7 includes lots of enhancements across many areas of the framework.
Sinclair: What else about security? I’ve seen items floating on the web regarding security issues with Niagara and I see that Tridium has issued a security patch.
Sublett: Security is a top concern for our customers, as it should be. The security patch we recently issued addresses some vulnerabilities in the Niagara Framework software. All customers with internet facing systems should be sure to install this new patch.
I’ve already mentioned the new PKI support in 3.7. We just hosted
two TridiumTALKs on the enhancements in 3.7 and spent a lot of time
focused on the new security features. In addition to the PKI
features, we’ve also added a set of password security enhancements to
support common practices like expiring passwords, password history, and
forcing a password change on first logon. I would recommend that
your readers review the TridiumTALK presentation that is available at
Sinclair: You’ve had some executive changes in recent weeks? What’s going on at Tridium?
members of our leadership team have left the company,
Steve Fey and Marc Petock. I appreciate having had the opportunity to
work with both of them during an exciting time of growth and success
for Tridium. At the same time, we maintain a strong bench of leaders in
the company. With myself, Laura Bacon and the other Tridium leadership,
the business is in good hands until a new general manager is named. We
also continue to have great support from Honeywell.
Sinclair: Does this mean that Tridium is going to be absorbed fully into Honeywell?
Sublett: No, quite the contrary. Honeywell is committed to Tridium’s vision of Niagara as an open software framework for device-to-enterprise applications. We understand that the value of the framework lies in its broad adoption. With that in mind we have no intention of bringing Niagara inside or creating versions that would advantage Honeywell in any way. Keeping Niagara open and available to all is a key part of our strategy.
order to do that, the business structure that was established at the
time of the acquisition needs to remain as is. So, in short, Tridium
remains an independent company wholly owned by Honeywell.
Sinclair: So, I’ll ask again. What’s going on at Tridium?
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