European integrator selects SCADA software


M ansfield, MAVerano Inc., provider of security and SCADA solutions for mission-critical industries, announced that a system integrator specializing in power, transportation and security in Lithuania, has selected Verano’s Real-Time Application Platform (RTAP) as its SCADA platform of choice. Verano says RTAP is a proven supervisory control platform running in thousands of installations worldwide, including companies such as British Energy, California Water Service Co., Enbridge Pipelines, RWE, and Shell.

Supporting more than half of the largest Lithuanian companies, FIMA needed software to monitor and control large and vastly complex real-time applications. Availability and reliability of intricate control applications such as those found in airports, electricity grids and power generators, border control, government buildings, and railways are crucial to the operation of Lithuanian business and society. Partnering with Verano to implement RTAP as its SCADA platform enables FIMA to provide customers with increased flexibility, scalability and management responsiveness, Verano says.

“We selected Verano’s RTAP platform because it is one of the only SCADA platforms offered on Linux, providing powerful and scalable control with the benefits of lower cost hardware,” said Dr. Vladas Liuolia, eAutomation department director of FIMA. “By adding Verano’s advanced, real-time development platform capabilities to our array of products, we can better meet our customers' increasing demands for greater flexibility and responsiveness in managing large, complex industrial operations. It will not only improve their ability to manage operations in real-time, but also coordinate them with market demands and improve visibility of key performance indicators.”

FIMA, established in 1992, works with companies including Avaya, Bosch, HP, IBM, Lucent Technologies and Philips. It is also one of the select companies permitted to vie for the contracts tendered by NATO. “Together, FIMA and Verano are helping utility, transportation and industrial companies manage operations more easily and increase their return on capital assets associated with those operations,” said Brian Ahern, president and CEO of Verano. “Our relationship with FIMA is the first of many to come for Verano to help address customer demands in emerging countries that are investing in mission-critical infrastructure.”

RTAP includes a object-oriented, real-time database with long-term archiving of process data and real-time alarm and event management; development and integration infrastructure for customization and integration; and platform flexibility with clients and database servers available on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Unix platforms including: Windows 2003 and Windows XP (client only for XP), HP-UX (for PA RISC and Itanium), HP Tru64, Sun OS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It also has Web services to securely deliver plant information to knowledge workers via Web browsers or wireless devices; can handle multiple redundant servers; and includes device drivers and flexibility to develop new ones.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske , Control Engineering editor in chief

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