View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
User Rank
We can integrate with IT, but should we?
irishmuse   6/30/2014 9:36:26 AM
"Just as various automation systems, including SCADA, once only existed in silos, machine- and process-generated data has typically been isolated from other business systems. This has been the result of proprietary protocols and networking challenges."

No, this is also because business systems are inherently insecure.  In some process' the consequences of a hacked system are limited to equipment damage and lost production.  In many others it may include loss of life inside, and perhaps outside the facility.

We often isolate automation systems in the interest of safety, not because the networking challenges are beyond us.  We built this stuff.  We can make it communicate.  The question is can the IT infastructure keep it safe?  Experience says they can not.  Every day data that is supposedly "secure" behind multiple firewalls is hacked, stolen, and altered even in large companies with huge IT budgets.

This entire thing reads like another IT guy lusting to get "all that data" (Big Data) into HIS system.  This is often a very bad idea and increasing happens anyway because IT has high level corporate access and political clout. 

Get ready to pay your stupid taxes.  I hope you don't kill anyone while you are paying them.

Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Using 3D-printing to integrate electronics is an enthralling idea, but there's a long road ahead to commercialization.
What should have been an easy microcontroller upgrade opens up a mysterious web of problems.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking help from Tesla Motors' Powerwall technology for solar-energy storage in India.
The September release spotlights Autodesk's long-term strategy for provisioning of its CAD, CAM, and CAE software and its commitment to cloud delivery.
The transformative nature of designing and making things was the overarching, common theme at separate conferences held in Boston by two giants in the PLM space: Autodesk, with its Accelerate 2015, and Siemens’s Industry Analyst Conference 2015.
Design News Webinar Series
10/1/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
8/13/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Oct 5 - 9, Standards for the Internet of Things (IoT)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7

Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service