Virtualization, Cloud Analytics

Verano introduces Java-enabled, web-based industrial process management platform

Sunnyvale, Calif. - Verano unveiled April 8 a reengineered version of its Real-Time Application Platform (RTAP). This new version, RTAP/i, uses Java technology to function on the web.

By Control Engineering Staff April 12, 2002

Sunnyvale, Calif. – Verano unveiled April 8 a reengineered version of its Real-Time Application Platform (RTAP). This new version, RTAP/i, uses Java technology to function on the web. The company says RTAP/i improves the ability of industrial companies to manage operations in real-time, coordinate them with market demands, and improve visibility of key performance indicators.

Verano says RTAP/i features a powerful, real-time development platform, and provides enough flexibility and responsiveness to manage the largest, most complex industrial operations. This platform also offers a Java server coupled with web services. The result is an open platform that leverages Java-based components and the Internet to maximize accessibility, visibility and maintainability of industrial operations.

‘Now, more than ever, industrial companies need to manage facilities remotely and in real-time for safety, quality control and resource management,’ says Jan Kooy, project engineer, California Water Service Co. ‘RTAP has helped Cal Water monitor and control its water systems for the past 10 years. Our 11 systems throughout California will benefit greatly from the new Internet capabilities of RTAP/i.’

By allowing access via standard browsers and any wireless device running a Java virtual machine, RTAP/i helps companies manage and integrate operations across an array of enterprise functions, with no client code or maintenance. For example, operators can monitor pipelines, electricity generation, plant production parameters and energy consumption. Business managers, supply chain managers and financial personnel can access key operational performance indicators through a browser. Engineers can configure systems remotely. Finally, maintenance staff can monitor equipment parameters from any location through wireless devices.

‘Adding a Java server and web services to RTAP platform ensures that Verano customers will continue to have the industry’s leading tools to compete more aggressively, manage operations more easily and increase return on capital assets associated with these operations,’ said Pan Kamal, Verano’s ceoo.

RTAP/i’s web services separate the user interface and business logic. There is no client installation or deployment, and maintenance can be done on a centralized basis via the Internet. RTAP/i’s Java server opens the door for EJB, J2EE and JSP developers to create distributed applications that leverage RTAP’s underlying real-time capabilities.

Verano has further leveraged open Internet technologies to expand accessibility of real-time data and applications. RTAP/i also recognizes a plural world, and so RTAp/i and its development tools embrace a cross platform approach. They are available and interchangeable on both Microsoft Windows and UNIX platforms.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
jmontague@cahners.com