Security has certainly been a hot topic in the automation and control over the past few years — but it has really heated up in the past few months. There’s been so much news on this front that this blog entry marks the 3rd post on the subject since the blog’s inception just six weeks ago. (See the most recent post on the Stuxnet investigation here.)
As a result of the increasing focus on automation and control system security, vendors are starting to regularly release updates on the status of their efforts to secure the systems they provide. One of these recent announcements came from Invensys Operations Management, which announced that its Foxboro I/A Series distributed control system (DCS) operator workstations have passed the Achilles Cyber Security Certification test. This test was performed by Wurldtech Security Technologies and was conducted on the Foxboro I/A Series Model P92 Workstation for Windows hardware and I/A Series AW70 human machine interface (HMI) software for the Microsoft Windows XP operating system, including I/A Series FoxView, FoxAlert, Alarm Manager and System Manager applications.
WurldTech offers security analysis and certification services to industrial equipment manufacturers and system integrators.
According to Invensys, the I/A Series Model P92 workstations are the first host-based devices to achieve this globally recognized benchmark for communications security. (Note: Host-based devices are defined by the ISA99 security standard as general-purpose devices running general-purpose operating systems capable of hosting one or more applications or data stores. Examples include HMIs, engineering workstations, historian servers and domain controllers.)
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.