Archive for the ‘Water & Wastewater’ Category

Improving Control System Alarm Effectiveness for Operators

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Event, Power Generation, Water & Wastewater on Friday, July 20th, 2018. No comments yet
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During the week of July 29 through August 3, I’ll be attending the Ovation Users’ Group Conference in Pittsburgh. This users’ group is composed of people working in the power, water and wastewater industries. If you’re in one of these industries and an Ovation distributed control system user, I look forward to seeing you there. […]

Point and Continuous Level Measurement in Water and Wastewater Applications

Posted in Level, Water & Wastewater on Friday, December 1st, 2017. One comment so far
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Across many industries, level measurements are critical ones for safe and reliable operations. This is true for the water and wastewater industries. The choice of technologies for these measurements is broad, especially since they fall into two categories point-based (on/off switching) and continuous. In a Water Online article, Point Versus Continuous Level Measuring Technologies, Emerson’s […]

Reducing Control System Hardware Footprint

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Power Generation, Water & Wastewater on Thursday, July 27th, 2017. No comments yet
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Emerson’s Ben Skal presented on reducing the Ovation distributed control system hardware footprint at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. Virtualization technology is at the heart of this hardware footprint reduction and having less workstation and server hardware to maintain. Ben’s presentation focused on: What is virtualization & how it works Appropriate uses of virtual […]

Suite of Cybersecurity Technologies and Practices

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Cybersecurity, Power Generation, Water & Wastewater on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017. No comments yet
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Emerson’s Adam Boeckmann presented the Power and Water Cybersecurity Suite at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. He opened describing the team that formed over the last several years that now supports more than 200 sites in the U.S. alone. He shared the story of the recent Wannacry/WannaCrypt ransomware cyber-attack. In March of 2017, Microsoft […]

Applying Threat Intelligence for Industrial Control System Defense

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Power Generation, Water & Wastewater on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017. No comments yet
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There are many paths to pursue in improving cyber defenses for industrial control systems (ICS). At the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference, Emerson’s Tom Kizer presented on applying threat intelligence for system defense. Tom opened by acknowledging that identifying effective threat intelligence is difficult. Threat intelligence is data collected, organized, analyzed and refined about potential […]