Backing up and monitoring of Industrial control system programs for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, the world´s largest particle accelerator, has been entrusted to the data management system versiondog. The European Organization for Nuclear Research uses the system to manage the data of around 500 components, making versiondog one of CERN's standard technologies.
Due to the needs of its service area, the new healthcare campus doubled in size. With the vast size difference between the old and new hospital, Parkland had to address several issues — the most critical being adjustments in the day-today patient care provided by its clinical staff. The sheer size of the patient floors — nearly the length of two football fields — was a challenge. That size drove caregivers from a centralized care model to a decentralized one — creating the need to change how communication and collaboration happens.
While on-site in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, the DAQRI team of Business Development and Solutions Architecture personnel worked closely with KSP Steel’s production leadership to understand the steel production process, operational challenges, and worker pain points.
The Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute at Hyundai Motor Company develops future mobility technologies. Rather than provide conventional vehicle products to customers, this research center creates new mobility devices with a wide range of speeds for a variety of people, including the elderly and the disabled. As our society ages, there is a greater need for systems that can aid mobility. Thus, we are developing wearable exoskeleton robots with NI embedded controllers for the elderly and patients with spinal cord injuries to use.
Developing a system that can handle complex control algorithms to capture data remotely from various sensors simultaneously and perform real-time control of multiple actuators for a wearable robotics device for walking assistance.
The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics highlighted an issue facing much of China: infrastructure construction is not keeping up with population demand. China is one of the fastest growing vehicle markets in the world with an estimated 20,000 new vehicles hitting the road each day. The problems at the Olympics were exasperated by an increase in tourist traffic and a need to quickly and easily install an intelligent transportation system powerful enough to handle Beijing’s tough traffic problems.
The systems created for the Olympic Games needed to be highly accurate and reliable. Detection devices also had to accurately detect traffic over eight to 10 lanes. Inductive loops take too long to install and were unreliable and unable to adapt to changing traffic patterns.
Global energy leader ENGIE is implementing an ambitious digital transformation strategy that is vital to the Fortune Global 500 company’s plan to confront the major challenges posed by climate change and promote people’s access to reliable, innovative, socially responsible, low carbon, and decentralized energy. To do this, ENGIE plans to invest €1.5 billion in new businesses and digital over the next three years.
WIN-911’s partner product ALERT is a key element in the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system “FabView” from Air Liquide. Air Liquide is the second largest supplier of industrial gasses in the world. This SCADA alarm notification system is specifically designed to monitor, among other things, the distribution of gas in a semiconductor manufacturing plant located in Dresden Germany. Like most operations of its type, this facility can’t afford much downtime in its distribution facility. If ALERT detects a leak in a pipeline, the system evaluates how severe the leak is and transfers the data back to the central site or home office. Once the information is back in the main office, the SCADA alert system then transcribes the data into understandable messages to which employees can respond appropriately.
Custodia Systems is a security consultancy based in the UK. It was founded in 2005 by Peter Thompson, a former Goldman Sachs technology and engineering lead, with start up capital of £4,000 (approximately €4,800). It is now the global distributor of Appello tracking devices and its products currently protect £150 million (€180 million) of construction machinery in the UK.
The Appello device is a small, portable unit (no bigger than a smartphone) with a battery life of up to two years. It has no external wiring and cannot be located by scanning devices used by professional thieves like GPS (Global Positioning System) units.
The device is hidden, for example among the engineering of a piece of plant machinery and sends out a regular signal to mark its present location. Worldwide, Custodia Systems claims 80% of stolen equipment is recovered and back with its owners within eight hours.
To ensure consumer confidence and provide a competitive advantage, Custodia Systems needed a fail-safe communications infrastructure that needed to be international, reliable and as accurate as possible. In addition, to support the launch of the AppelloGEO – a new product that can be used globally – Custodia Systems needed a global platform and fixed price international tariffs.
The LHC was commissioned in 2008 to carry out cutting-edge research into particle physics. versiondog from AUVESY is the leading manufacturer-independent software solution for backup, version control and documentation of project data for industrial control systems. It uses standardised workflow and centralised data storage, makes automatic backups and ensures easily comprehensible documentation of each step in the development process. The SmartCompare function enables detailed program comparison with the same familiar presentation as the system editor. Support is provided for audit trail documentation in accordance with ISO 900x, VDA 6.x, FDA 21 CFR 11, GAMP and GMP.
versiondog has been in use at CERN for a year. There is now a centralised repository where the project data of the control systems from Siemens (SIMATIC S7, TIA Portal, WinCC flexible) and Schneider Electric (Unity Pro) is safeguarded and managed. "We want to make all the processes of the control system and their surrounding ancillary equipment homogeneous," says Ortolá. "Our goal is to always have a clear overview of all PLCs and HMIs and all the changes that are made to their control programs. We want to be able to manage all program versions using a standardised procedure, and it is extremely important to us to be able to store and safeguard data centrally. versiondog helps us do that."
Parkland surveyed its nursing staff to gain feedback on various mobile devices. They selected Zebra Technologies’ MC40-HC enabled with Zebra’s Workforce Connect Voice client. The decision was based on performance, capability, durability and compliance with Parkland’s infection prevention program.
Employing DAQRI SMART HELMET™ and visual markers at process-observation points, KSP Steel engineers could access two new capabilities.
1. Just-in-place AR data visualization: Workers could safely access necessary information at the point of need, without wasted travel time or an interruption of situational awareness.
2. Portable Process Data: Workers can select an AR data visualization for a given observation point and pin it to their AR display, independent of the unique marker. This decouples the dependence on installed physical infrastructure and allows the user to safely take information with them, providing exponential improvements in process flexibility.
Using the LabVIEW RIO platform, including a CompactRIO embedded system and a real-time controller with an FPGA control architecture provided by Single-Board RIO, to acquire data from various sensors and control peripheral units, high-speed communication devices, and actuators; and using LabVIEW software to acquire reliable data by conducting real-time analysis and applying various robot control algorithms to dramatically reduce development time.
SmartSensor HD was selected for the project because it proved to be more accurate than video detection, and much easier to install than loops or other non-intrusive devices. Min Der Day, director of Asia ITS for Wavetronix, said HD’s ease of installation came in handy because, with the high amount of work needed to prepare for the games, the ITS system had to be deployed in the overnight hours. The end result saw more than 200 HD units installed at strategic locations around the city with self-sustaining solar power and wireless communications. The sensors provided real-time traffic information for some of the most important roadways in Beijing, including the newly-constructed Airport Expressway; the Badaling Expressway that leads to the Great Wall; the Beijing-to-Chengde Expressway; and internal Ring Roads Two and Five – major routes between Olympic venues. Data was used to update variable message signs for real-time traffic information as well as for television, radio and Internet traffic information.
After a thorough review process, ENGIE selected C3 IoT as its strategic partner to provide the technology foundation for its enterprise-wide digital transformation. Since the joint press conference in Paris announcing the agreement in June, ENGIE and C3 IoT have initiated an aggressive roadmap enabling ENGIE to immediately leverage C3 IoT’s high-performance, integrated, enterprise-scale IoT analytics and application development platform. In addition to using C3 IoT’s pre-built SaaS applications, ENGIE will develop and deploy custom applications on the C3 IoT Platform across all of ENGIE’s 24 business units worldwide.
This unified application suite and shared IoT platform will accelerate business integration and leverage economies of scale by capturing functional best practices and expertise within and across business lines and providing the ability to benchmark, rationalize, and share the benefits of comprehensive data across geographies and industries.
Additionally, ENGIE and C3 IoT are partnering to establish ENGIE’s Digital Factory, a global Center of Excellence that unites highly skilled data scientists, developers, and business analysts to create a self-sustaining group of 100 experts knowledgeable in analytics and data – as well as ENGIE’s organization and operations – to propagate techniques and expertise across ENGIE worldwide.
C3 IoT is training a dedicated ENGIE team to become expert implementers of the C3 IoT Platform and applications in order to meet ENGIE’s goal of increasing shared functional expertise, unifying product strategy, and delivering operational data consistently across ENGIE’s lines of business.
During a recent visit to C3 IoT’s headquarters, ENGIE CIO and Chief Digital Officer Yves Le Gelard sat down for a video interview to explain ENGIE’s mission and why C3 IoT is an essential partner enabling ENGIE’s digital transformation.
Peter Thompson was already familiar with Vodafone’s business services from his time at Goldman Sachs. He was confident Vodafone’s Location Based Services would provide the most effective asset recovery solution, with a pre-installed SIM sending out a signal, indicating an estimated location. A recovery team could then track the device on the ground using a radio beacon.
To be most effective, the devices would need to transmit over long distances. Vodafone operates on the 900MHz frequency in the UK. This frequency penetrates buildings and materials more effectively than the 1800MHz frequency used by other communications service providers. It means the signal can travel significantly further (up to 20 miles, as opposed to two miles on 1800MHz) and the device can be located even in the most inaccessible places. Stolen assets have been found in concrete bunkers, steel shipping containers and underground car parks.
The Vodafone network supports accurate positioning by using the direction and distance of the tracking device from the nearby cellular masts, meaning Custodia Systems would be able to narrow the search area by two-thirds.
“Vodafone also stores a cache of the last location,” says Thompson. “Every network registers the current location, but Vodafone is the only network in the UK to archive the last known locations.”
The AppelloGEO device is dormant for most of the time, saving energy and making it hard for thieves to detect a signal, however it switches on to send regular alerts. “Being able to detect the location based on the last signal is an even more important feature than the Timing Advance. It means we can prove when the device was last switched on and that it was working before the asset was stolen,” says Thompson.
CERN - looking deeply into matter
CERN was founded in 1954 as a research organisation for fundamental physics. It is located at Meyrin near Geneva. A remarkable international collaboration, the European Organization for Nuclear Research is now run by 22 member states. With an annual budget of over one billion euros, the Organization receives visits from around 11,000 scientists all over the world who are working on various projects. The main focus of their research is the exploration of the fundamental particles that make up the Universe. Powerful accelerators are used to bring particles to near light speed. The biggest is the LHC (Large Hadron Collider).
To reach it, it is first necessary to descend 100 m underground. Then you would need a bicycle if you wanted to follow the 27 km circumference of the collider. Doing so, you would pass several thousand electromagnets, some as big as a freight container, masses of cables, gigantic detectors and many computers. All this to do research on the smallest particles in nature. To help answer questions about the origin of the universe. And other questions, such as why is there far more matter than antimatter in the universe? Inside the ring, elementary particles are accelerated by the electromagnets to speeds close to that of light, i.e. in the region of 300,000 km per second. Then they are smashed together at predetermined collision zones. This causes a shower of particles, the trails of which can be traced and analysed by huge detectors. The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) was developed to handle the enormous quantity of data produced. Dispersed across the globe, this computing and data storage network can deal with data volumes in the order of 30 Petabytes.
"We have made significant gains in certainty and quality when it comes to data availability in areas where many programmable logic controllers are in use. Implementing versiondog has put us on a new quality level," says Jerónimo Ortolá Vidal, Automation engineer at the Industrial Controls and Safety systems Group of the Beams Department at CERN.
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KSP Steel, the first Kazakhstan Company producing steel seamless pipes for oil and gas sector, was founded in early 2007. Republic of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev attended the official opening of KSP Steel’s plant in the city of Pavlodar in December 2007. The total area of the company production facilities amounts to approximately 133 ha. Over 7,500 well-trained specialists work there. The company’s head office in Almaty coordinates the operation of the plant.
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ENGIE provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs approximately 155,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of nearly €70 billion in 2015. The global power company plans to invest €1.5 billion in new businesses and digital over the next three years.
Custodia Systems is a UK security consultancy and the global distributor of a market-leading tracking device. It needed a fail-safe communications infrastructure to support its products and services. To ensure consumer confidence and provide a competitive advantage, the solution needed to be reliable, secure and provide accurate positioning information. In addition, to aid international expansion it had to work globally. Vodafone delivers the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology to support the business and is providing the strategic vision to help the company’s international expansion.
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The control programs of CERN's auxiliary and utility systems (cryogenics, cooling systems, air conditioning, gas supply, electricity, interlocks, etc.) undergo a continual process of development and modification. The cryogenics have a particularly important role to play here because when the LHC is in operation, the magnets have to be kept at a constant temperature of 1.9 Kelvin (-271 degrees Celcius).
Things have improved a lot since versiondog has been on the scene. All changes, no matter when they are made, where, or by whom, are detected then saved and documented centrally. Plain to see for everyone. All members of staff now go to the same place to access the same control software. The most recently approved and released version is always available. It is backed up regularly and changes made by colleagues can no longer be missed, overwritten or lost by mistake. There are already 10 teams managing around 500 control systems with versiondog. In the near future, around 1,500 components in use at CERN are set to be integrated into the versiondog system.
SCADA alert system then transcribes the data into understandable messages to which employees can respond appropriately.
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Management of the various individual processes and control systems is the responsibility of a number of different departments. Within this structure, Ortolá's department provides CERN wide support service. It was with the goal of standardising processes across departments in mind that the versiondog system was introduced. Staff now have a much clearer picture of processes and their current status. Any and all changes are comprehensible and visible to everyone. And they can be undone if necessary. Furthermore, a backup of all data is performed once a week.
Parkland’s decision to implement a mobile solution enabled the nursing staff to focus on what’s most important — patient care. The solution gives nurses the ability to communicate in real-time, access right-now information, and take the right action with that information.
Increased Worker Productivity - 40% Increase
Real Time Monitoring of machines
Increased Efficiency in the consistent flow of the process
If ALERT detects a leak in a pipeline, the system evaluates how severe the leak is and transfers the data back to the central site or home office
"Errors made while modifying programs have been reduced to an absolute minimum since we have been using versiondog," explains Ortolá. "Centralised data storage guarantees that we are always working with the latest and most recently approved and released program versions." But if for some reason a system goes down, the latest version is immediately available. What’s more, the system checks that the version running on a control system (the online version) really does correspond to the latest version that was saved on the server (the offline version). Before versiondog, changes could go unnoticed. Regular online-offline comparisons ensure that this can no longer happen. If a discrepancy is detected, the system informs the appropriate administrator by email. All this means that versiondog has led to an improvement in quality and an increase in the level of work process standardisation at CERN.
Parkland’s leadership can track all patient activities from positive patient identification, specimen collection, laboratory specimen tracking, and pharmacy medication administration. Additionally, hospital staff communication with voice and secure texting, along with patient alerts and alarms — this all helps increase patient safety, care and satisfaction.
Reduction in Factory Downtime - 50% Decrease
Decreased Downtime due to early detection of possible machine failure
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ALERT system saves countless hours of investigation by allowing employees to know exactly what is wrong when they pick up the phone
The technology solution also helps the hospital escalation process. Instead of multiple staff members responding to a specific call, the process allows someone to accept a response and complete the job without potentially three or four nurses responding to the same call.
Data Aggregation for studying patterns and calculating the OEE.
Research and development in a facility such as CERN never comes to an end. Ortolá is continually adapting the versiondog system to the changing needs of the Organization. When he needs support, he gets it directly from the data management specialists AUVESY. There he can find the help he needs with individual elements of configuration and with broader adaptations of the system to new conditions.
HD is able to accurately detect traffic on up to 22 lanes of traffic, is easy to install and is highly reliable over time.
Countless hours of investigation
Nine out of ten stolen items tracked by Custodia Systems are recovered.
Ortolá sums up: "versiondog makes it possible for us at CERN to safeguard our control system data and store it centrally, which is a crucial element for the Organization."
If something goes wrong in the distribution facility, someone with the ability to act is going to know about it quickly
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