NovaTech DCS software D/3 Version 16.2

Sept. 4, 2020

NovaTech announced the next release of its Distributed Control System (DCS) software, D/3 Version 16.2. This release incorporates greater system security by default and makes maintaining the D/3 System more straightforward than ever, the company says. 

Version 16.2 is fully compatible with all aspects of the latest Windows security, including Secure Boot, Windows Firewall, Data Execution Prevention (DEP), User Account Control (UAC), and Microsoft Defender Antivirus.

In addition to a built-in firewall, the Process Control Module 5 (PCM5) incorporates a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which is a dedicated microcontroller designed to secure hardware and software through integrated cryptographic keys. Version 16.2 now utilizes signed D/3 applications, which are validated by the TPM at runtime to prevent unauthorized code from running in PCM5 controllers.

Additionally, the new D/3 Update Manager allows a system administrator to remotely manage and deploy D/3 software updates for an entire D/3 System from a central location. It also supports all UA methods of security modes, cryptographic algorithms, user authentication, certificates and private keys.