“Atos Worldgrid launches a new Cloud solution for industrial supervision”
Grenoble, 24 September 2014
A complete secure mobile solution which links a supervision box to the Cloud Industrial Supervision software - based on a network of smart software nodes
Atos Worldgrid, global leader in smart energy management, announces a new industrial supervision solution. Cloud Industrial Supervision, labelled by the Global competitive cluster, Minalogic, and subsidised by the Single Inter-Ministry Fund*, is an innovative hardware/software solution, which is highly secure, and which provides industrial actors with fast, flexible roll-out, and lower cost, permanent or temporary, supervision models.
Complementing traditional SCADAs** based on central, statistically configured systems, Cloud Industrial Supervision provides an effective solution to industry actors requiring greater flexibility and agility (energy, agriculture, industry, smart city, etc.), regardless of the size of the market or of the process.
Steve Peguet, Atos France Innovation Director: "Cloud Industrial Supervision is the first Plug and Play solution which simply requires ground devices to be connected to the electric and communication network. Cloud Industrial Supervision is therefore particularly tailored to industrial processes which are physically spread out, for which the maintenance and upgrade costs are considered an important factor. This is the case of wind farms, oil fields, water resource management, management of an eco-neighbourhood in a smart city. Cloud Industrial Supervision fills a gap in these domains, and proposes a new and innovative industrial supervision model, based on cloud principles and authorising remote secure operations from any point of the network."
Partner of the project, Gaz Electricité de Grenoble is testing Cloud Industrial Supervision for the management of cogeneration plants (a technique which enables heat and electricity to be produced in a single process) installed in different buildings in the eco-neighbourhood in Grenoble. The dynamic manipulation of the Cloud Industrial Supervision services enables the frequency of on-site interventions to be reduced and for a single system to be offered to the various stakeholder companies, thus rationalising equipment and deployment costs.
Cloud Industrial Supervision differs from the traditional SCADA architecture by introducing two key elements:
- A network of smart software nodes designed to be multi-platform with a range of equipment ranging from on-board ground equipment to a standard office service to mobile equipment.
- An integrated, scalable software framework enabling dynamic configuration from anywhere in the network of supervision logic and data collection management and process instructions.
Cloud Industrial Supervision enables a supervision strategy to be defined supported by a set of software nodes connected by smart middleware. It is therefore possible to define a supervision logic which is closer to the process and with very fine granularity, enabling optimised use of bandwidth. This granularity enables, among other things, individual permissions to be defined on each of the supervision elements (variables, algorithms) making Cloud Industrial Supervision a multi-user and multi-entity system, with data segregation providing maximum security to the system. The atomic manipulation of the supervision elements also makes immediate deployments and scaling of supervision possible while limiting risks of reversal on the existing software.
The software nodes can work across a broad range of hardware including mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) but also on on-board style industrial ground equipment. Cloud Industrial Supervision therefore introduces mobility natively while offering each user, regardless of their connection point, the same quality of global hypervision as with a central system. Finally, Cloud Industrial Supervision offers a broad range of remote deployment features for the most constrained network topologies (complex routing, reduced bandwidth) and without a need for VPN.
Atos brings more than 30 years experience in the Control-Command field of industrial processes (nuclear plants, oil & gas exploration, drinking water plants, railway regulation, satellite control, factory supervision, etc...).
* The French Single Inter-ministerial Fund (FUI) is funding research projects and clusters' collaborative development on the products or services' development which may be put on the market in the short or middle term.
** SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) is a system operating with coded signals over communication channels so as to provide control of remote equipment. The supervisory system may be combined with a data acquisition system to acquire information about the status of the remote equipment for display or for recording functions
About Atos Worldgrid
Atos Worldgrid, an international subsidiary of Atos, is a unique player in smart energy. It delivers sophisticated integration projects and real time Smart Energy solutions to Energy & Utilities companies across the power, water, oil & gas value chains. Building on an unprecedented track record in the Energy & Utilities market, it has the capability to cover all business critical systems across the entire Energy & Utilities value chain from production, to transport, distribution and supply. With over 1,600 engineers and over 30 years experience, Atos Worldgrid operates in more than 15 countries. It has in particular equipped 70 nuclear power units with its Supervision and Command & Control software in France, UK, Russia and China and delivered the world's largest smart metering system.
Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is an international information technology services company with 2013 annual revenue of €8.6 billion and 76,300 employees in 52 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers IT services in 3 domains, Consulting & Technology Services, Systems Integration and Managed Services & BPO, and transactional services through Worldline. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail & Services; Public sector, Healthcare & Transports; Financial Services; Telco, Media & Utilities. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is quoted on the NYSE Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.
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