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Invensys: control systems on the cloud

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Control system company Invensys Operations Management, has developed tools to 'virtualise' its Foxboro control system.


This means that you can operate your control systems via servers on a cloud.

It works on the Microsoft HyperV and VMware platforms.

By installing control systems on the cloud, they are much easier to manage and update, Invensys says. This means reduced risks and reduced implementation costs, and improved ability to respond to project changes.

Typically, control and safety systems are built bespoke for a project, and can take 6 to 18 months to complete, the company says.

'However, virtualizing many of our control solutions, including our Intelligent Marshalling and Intelligent Engineering workbench solutions, significantly reduces implementation costs, cuts project risks, improves scheduling and enhances change agility throughout the project lifecycle," says Gary Freburger, president of Invensys's systems business.

"It not only shortens the implementation process, it improves collaboration across the implementation team.'

Invensys has a range of hardware offerings ready tuned to work well with virtualised control systems.

This includes a new range of servers specifically selected and qualified as an optimized virtual machine-hosting appliance; a new range of solid-state operator client terminals; thin client management software; a USB modular alarm annunciator keyboard; virtual machine-hosting software; recommendations on cyber-security best practices; and guest operating system licenses.

This also means that staff can work on the projects from anywhere in the world.



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