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Tightly integrated with SQL Server 2005 and 2008, the newly released Hyper Historian is claimed by Agrusa to be the “the first 64-bit, real-time, plant-wide data historian in the market.” It uses a robust swinging-door algorithm to achieve data logging rates of greater than 50,000 data events per second on reference machines. Hyper Historian is configured through Iconics’ Workbench Web-based development environment which also forms part of Genesis64 and provides integrated layout and project management and remote “pack-and-go” deployment.
Latest release of Yokogawa’s ProSafe-RS integrated safety instrumented system (SIS) is claimed to be the “first major safety instrumented system to support Windows Vista.” ProSafe-RS R2.01.00 is designed to integrate smoothly with the recently announced Centum VP DCS which itself is Vista-based. The combination enables the SIS to take advantage of Centum VP’s ergonomic and intuitive operational environment, providing what the company claims is improved visibility of information and enhanced operability, with operation and monitoring of the DCS and SIS performed in a common operational environment.
As well as the new security features inherent in Vista, the new system enhances the security of PC components by restricting communications, controlling access to folders and the registry and preventing unauthorized access from outside. Yokogawa is targeting the enhanced system at emergency shutdown, fire prevention and burner management applications in the oil & gas, petrochemical and other process industries.
Windows Vista compatibility is also a key feature of the latest release of Yokogawa’s Stardom network-based control system along with support for AGA3, 7 and 8 gas calculations, a new data-logging function for the FCN/FCJ autonomous controllers and the addition of network templates to the engineering tool to improve the reusability of applications.
Signs of European and U.S. cybersecurity specialists pooling their expertise comes with the announcement that Berlin, Germany-based Innominate Security Technologies has joined Boston, U.S.-based Industrial Defender’s “Industrial Defender Enabled Partner Program.”. The program is described by Industrial Defender as enabling technology providers focused on the real-time process control/SCADA market to collaborate on expanding their technology offerings and providing comprehensive integrated cyber security solutions based on its ‘Defense in Depth’ offering.
Innominate’s mGuard product line provides hardware firewall, VPN and virus protection which can be readily integrated into networked industrial systems, as well as enabling secure remote maintenance of industrial machinery and equipment. “By joining Industrial Defender’s Enabled Partner Program, we make it easier for our customers to utilize award-winning mGuard technology within a comprehensive Industrial Defender network security system,” explained Innominate CEO Joachim Fietz. “Customers requiring state-of-the-art security technology in combination with industry-specific expertise and experience in designing, deploying and servicing network security solutions will find that with us.”
Under the program, partners undergo a comprehensive technology validation process which enables their devices to be monitored by the Industrial Defender Security Event Management (SEM) console, thereby enhancing the overall “cybersecurity posture” of the process control or SCADA network. End users who purchase the Industrial Defender (SEM) console can monitor all Industrial Defender Enabled devices on the network including Innominate mGuard devices from a single central console. “The process manufacturing industries are increasingly looking to enhance their cybersecurity protection from a broad range of threats, both internal and external,” commented Industrial Defender president and CEO Brian Ahern. “By integrating Industrial Defender Risk Mitigation technology, Innominate is furthering its commitment to … providing unparalleled network security tailored specifically to the global industrial market.”
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