The Global System Integrator Database has 522 system integrators list HMI, human machine interface among engineering specialties; 274 system integrators list PC-based control among engineering specialties. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
HMI, OI January 20, 2020

Industrial HMI migrations: Help with Microsoft Windows 7 expiration

Microsoft Windows 7 expired on Jan. 14, and manufacturers’ human-machine interface (HMI) software may still need help migrating to a supported operating system. System integrators can provide migration assistance to lower cybersecurity risk.

By Mark T. Hoske
The mathematical definition of a random bit sequence is so simple that it can be summarized in one sentence: A sequence of bits whose next bit is equal to 0 or 1 with equal probability, independent of previous ones. Courtesy: Bar-Ilan University/ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 19, 2020

Method developed for more secure communication

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University showed long sequences with certified randomness are far from being truly random, which may lead to a new type of classified secure communication between two parties where even the existence of the communication itself is concealed.

By Gregory Hale
The rise of sophisticated attacks coupled with the lack of skilled personnel are among the biggest challenges facing operations technology (OT) security. Courtesy: Siemens/ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 17, 2020

Utilities benefit from a risk-based approach to cybersecurity

Utilities need to embrace a risk-based approach to cybersecurity to match the existing basic-level of compliance. See four issues utilities are currently facing.

By Gregory Hale
Golden Richard III, LSU computer science professor, associate director for cybersecurity at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (CCT). Courtesy: Louisiana State University
Cybersecurity January 15, 2020

University receives cybersecurity training grant

LSU Engineering received a $3.4 million National Science Foundation Scholarships for Service (SFS) grant, which will fund 21 scholarships in cybersecurity training over a five-year period.

By Louisiana State University
Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media and Technology
Safety January 8, 2020

Building a resilient safety system

While no safety system is perfect, it is imperative for users to understand the basics and define safety and risk to prevent accidents from happening that could have severe effects.

By Gregory Hale
Installing a distribute antenna system (DAS) outside a harsh environment to provide radio frequency (RF) to the needed areas is an option, but its high cost can be a barrier. Courtesy: Daniel E. Capano
Wireless January 8, 2020

Industrial wireless selection and implementation

Industrial wireless networks require a lot of planning and preparation because there are many elements that can hamper or interfere with manufacturing operations.

By Daniel E. Capano
All process objects can be placed on the screen intuitively from the technological hierarchy using drag-and-drop. There is no need to add connections using variables. Courtesy: Control Engineering Europe/Siemens
Process Manufacturing December 24, 2019

Improve process control engineering with better collaboration, security

The process control system can provide a reliable basis for effective and efficient collaboration for engineering projects.

By Manuel Keldenich
Jeremy Gibbs (left), director of sales and marketing, and Dave Blaida, president and CEO at Matrix Technologies. Courtesy: Katie Spain, CFE Media and Technology
System Integration December 11, 2019

Matrix Technologies, Maumee, Ohio, is System Integrator of the Year, 2020

Matrix Technologies is the 2020 System Integrator of the Year for the Large System Integrator Category. Dave Blaida, president and CEO of Matrix Technologies Inc., discussed his company’s approach in an interview with CFE Media. See video.

By CFE Media
There are many security challenges in industrial environments, but two of the most notable are a lack of visibility and insecure design, which can cause many problems for companies. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Cybersecurity November 22, 2019

Extend IT security to the plant floor

Cybersecurity is critical as information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) converge, which is the first step in making the transition between the two sides almost seamless.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Cybersecurity November 14, 2019

IT/OT collaboration must drive digitalization

Converging information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) does little to move end-to-end digitalization forward. What makes digitalization really work is successful OT and IT collaboration and an understanding of what the other side needs. See 7 tips for smarter OT and IT collaboration.

By Michael Bingaman