Project: Baton Rouge Wastewater Pump Station SCADA System (October 9th)

By Control Engineering Staff October 10, 2006

Gaining access to the remote server location proved easier than expected. First, my name was placed on a list by a responsible person with QDS. Then, I had to go to the site and fill out some paperwork. From there, I had to have my hand scanned. Then, I was issued a card. The card initiates a hand scanner. When the scanner reads my hand correctly, access is gained for two seconds. You then find yourself in a man trap. You have to repeat the process to get out of the trap and into the center.

All of that is to say that when I gained access, and installed the alarm notification hardware and software, it did not work. I lost my basic connectivity to the server and could no longer communicate. I removed the newly installed equipment and returned it to the shop. When I installed it there, it worked without problem. I learned from this that it is always better to thoroughly test the equipment at the shop before installing it in the field. I will try to reinstall it at the server location again this week.