its core product on NASA R&D, Aware Technology has officially launched
itself as a new concern in the automation data management marketplace.
President Roy Kok (formerly associated with GE and Kepware) says Aware
Technology's goal is to "deliver the next step in the evolution of HMI/SCADA,
DCS systems and historians" through layered analytics.
Kok relies on a more direct description, saying Aware Technology's directive is
to deliver "automation confidence through system awareness."
product, Process Data Monitor (PDM), is reported to integrate with all existing
HMI/SCADA, DCS and historian solutions through both native interfaces and
industry standards such as OPC. PDM can also integrate directly with automation
components -- sensors and controllers through a PDM Data Gateway.
Millett, chairman and CTO of Aware Technology, is quick to point out that PDM is
not a grass roots technology. iSagacity, a services company Millett co-founded
in 2004, initially pioneered this technology in 2006. After some tweaking to
the technology, iSagacity targeted it at companies in the nuclear industry as
part of its service. "Aware Technology has been formed to further improve the
product and deliver it to the masses," he says.
of the principal automation industry issues PDM is poised to address is the
industry-wide loss of systems knowledge as increasing amounts of engineers
retire. With such a large wave of practical knowledge loss facing the industry,
Kok says he expects to see a greater "focus on capturing [engineering]
experience into a database to offer guidance to new personnel, as well as give
operators and engineers the tools to be proactive in process management rather
than reactive to process alarms and failures."
delivered via a private cloud hosted application. The application reportedly
learns from the day-to-day operation of your systems and automatically
generates an experience database. It then generates confidence metrics for
usual behaviors and delivers notification when any unusual activity occurs.
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