ABB's Enterprise Software Portfolio Boosts Cloud Influence
ABB is showcasing new developments in its enterprise software portfolio at Ventyx World Americas, 2014, the customer conference currently underway in Orlando, Florida.
The advances include a new user-centred interface (UX) for key applications in its energy and mining portfolios and the availability of asset-management solutions as a cloud-based offering to customers.
Also announced was a new partnership between InStep Software and Ventyx to bring predictive monitoring capability to the Company’s Asset Performance Management solution.
The intuitive interface of the new UX enables operators to focus on their core responsibilities, rather than worrying about how to operate the tool.
By combining operational technology (OT) with Information Technology (IT), Ventyx software converts large volumes of data, generated by increasingly intelligent infrastructure, into actionable information that can be easily accessed via the UX.
By presenting this information to operators via customised graphical interfaces, the UX enables users — from field crews and control centre operators to company executives — make better-informed decisions and run their operations more effectively.
Ventyx’s cloud-based software solutions s flexibility and helps users optimise capital expenditure across applications. By offering Software as a Service (SaaS) through the highly versatile medium of the cloud, Ventyx can also offer its asset management solutions at reduces hardware costs to the customer and key mining solutions as a “pay-as-you-go” service, making it particularly suitable for SMEs.
Ventyx’s new partnership with InStep Software, a leading provider of predictive monitoring software, will combine InStep’s PRiSM software for predictive monitoring with Ventyx’s Asset Performance Management solutions, delivering a comprehensive platform for reducing unplanned stoppages, optimiszing maintenance costs and increasing equipment availability.
Acquired by ABB in 2010 to strengthen the existing Network Management business, Ventyx portfolio helps customers improve the performance of their operations, from plant automation through network, asset and workforce management.
The solutions minimise the risk of failure and enhance safety and equipment availability to avoid unexpected breakdowns and optimise capital expenditure. They also help customers to navigate the complex regulatory environments in which many of them operate.
As software now plays a central role in most of the world’s critical infrastructure, ABB’s unique combination of IT and OT, software and hardware, and deep industry expertise from a single provider brings significant advantages to customers.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.