Controlling Interests Editors' Blog

Phoenix Contact Goes off the Grid

To celebrate Earth Day, Phoenix Contact (www.phoenixcontact.com) will unveil its new combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) system, and its president, Jack Nehlig, will ceremonially disconnect from the electric grid. The CCHP system is a natural gas, fixed microturbine system that will generate enough electricity to power the company’s Americas...

Weekend Must-Read: ICSs May Not Be Safe from Heartbleed after All

Just because you've changed your Facebook and Dropbox passwords (you have, haven't you?) doesn't mean you can forget about Heartbleed. According to the Christian Science Monitor's Saturday edition, "Unconfirmed reports that Heartbleed has already been used to attack encrypted communications systems of US industrial control systems are being investigated, the...

See, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.

The Heartbleed cyber attack is yet another wake-up call. We can't keep ignoring them.

ISA Website Gets a Makeover

The ISA  launched its completely redesigned Web site yesterday. The new www.isa.org is a state-of-the-art, customer- and member-centric portal that delivers a more personalized and satisfying experience in showcasing ISA's products, services, resources and technical information.

Accidents Still Happen; They Still Cost a Lot

Republican House Speaker Joe Straus has tasked the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety with investigating deficiencies in safety, risk management, and disaster planning at chemical facilities.

Robots Take Over, Humans Are Now an Endangered Species

Don't worry Sten Corfitsen and his business partners are doing something to save the human race. They have invented a fully automated, robotic refueling unit for cars.

Two Centuries of Gasification

Every day is somebody’s birthday or anniversary. For example, Google has a doodle up today celebrating the 112th birthday of American author, John Steinbeck. But another, in some respects more important, anniversary is coming up.

This New Sensor Could Be All Wet

Experimental "smart" diapers take the Internet of Things to a whole new level.

Cybersecurity Framework 1.0—Your Latest Must-Read

One year to the day after President Obama issued Executive Order 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, NIST has released its Cybersecurity Framework 1.0, “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”  You may want to read it sooner rather than later.

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?