Uplogix Solutions for the Energy Industry
Uplogix increases uptime and decreases support costs in hybrid networks. By locally monitoring both SCADA devices like RTUs and traditional IP devices like routers and switches, and responding automatically to device issues, Uplogix customers save OPEX by reducing the number of truck rolls. In remote locations such as offshore platforms or unmanned pipeline substations, a truck roll might mean hours of 4×4 driving or actually taking a helicopter at great expense, and possibly danger.
Automation in energy networks diagnoses and fixes common problems within minutes without IT personnel involvement. If the situation requires human involvement, Uplogix local management integrates secure out-of-band access to remote sites for a fast, easy connection to remote devices for technicians even when the network is down. These out-of-band connections are available using a variety of methods including dial-up, cellular and low earth orbit (LEO) satellite.
Secure out-of-band access and automation for SCADA and hybrid networks
Uplogix enhances network security and serves as a common management platform for administrators supporting pipelines on land and sea:
- Access Security | Secure out-of-band access for SCADA and hybrid remote networks and communications devices through Uplogix to track user sessions for compliance and reporting.
- Optimized Monitoring | Local management of devices allows for detailed monitoring with minimal network traffic. Data sent upstream to tools in the NOC is compressed and encrypted.
- Heterogeneous Devices | From SCADA and networking gear to connectivity over dial-up, cellular and LEO satellite, Uplogix is a single management interface for diverse deployments.
Evolving compliance standards such as the NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) and FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) Electric Reliability standards, are placing additional pressures on IT departments to ensure that the systems they manage are not only reliable, but also secure from unauthorized access. A complete audit trail of all changes made to the IT infrastructure as well as real-time detection and remediation of compliance breaches are increasingly required.
Like others around the country, this regional ISO is working to meet new industry standards for cyber security while trying to reduce the cost and complexity of managing their network infrastructure. The National Energy Reliability Council (NERC) introduced Cyber Security Standards for power companies to protect critical cyber assets of our nation’s power grid. Implementing these standards is mandatory, but especially challenging due to the increased levels of coordination required amongst companies sharing the grid, and the high number of network touch points affected.
Uplogix proactively and persistently monitors the network infrastructure through a direct connection – other out-of-band solutions wait for the network to go down to be useful