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Innovation Institutes Deserve a Closer Look

We used to get advanced technology as trickledown from the military, the cold war arms race, NASA, national labs, well-endowed universities and serious basic research centers run by great American companies. Today, many of those avenues are weakened or broken, and we can sure use help from these new centers...

High-Tech Hubs Ignite Editor’s Ear

My ear catches fire when President Obama mentions "high-tech manufacturing hubs." Sounds like control and automation to me, but we may need to reach out from this side, too. 

Kanduski Returns!

After a too long hiatus I am back – fulfilling a New Year’s resolution, coincidentally on the eve of Chinese New Year, to post regularly (weekly at a minimum) on all things that interest myself and hopefully you that I come across between updates.

Palpable Excitement

When we interview the leaders of vendor companies that are completing a merger or acquisition, we're mainly interested in reporting what you – its customers – need to know: how will it change what you can get from them, and how you'll have to go about getting it.

Who is kidding whom about the cyber vulnerability of the electric grid?

Paul Rosenzweig wrote a blog on Lawfare ( on “How Likely Is A Successful Attack On The Electric Grid?” Paul’s question of how likely is a successful attack on the electric grid has an easy, but uncomfortable answer - near 100%.

pH and Temperature Measurement and Control Tips

Here is an opportunity to learn how to improve pH and temperature control systems and support ISA as well. Registrants for these web seminars receive a free copy of the respective book and free follow-up answers to questions that can be shared with ISA Mentor Program participants.

An ICS Cyber Vulnerability Beyond Stuxnet

A presentation was made at the S4 Conference on wired HART vulnerabilities.  Effectively the vulnerability allows the take over of a single field device, using the single field device to take over all of the other field devices on the HART highway, and/or to take over the asset management software.

Why has Aurora become so political and why is the electric industry fighting it?

Aurora was first publicly demonstrated at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in March 2007.  DOD is responsible for assuring continuity of electric power at critical defense facilities. As such, DOD recognized the potential impacts from Aurora and initiated an Aurora hardware mitigation program.

What Do Bees and Thermostats Have in Common?

Australian bees get RFID chips and Google buys a thermostat company. Just another day in the developing Internet of Things space. But will the technology spill into process automation?

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