Uplogix Solutions for the Energy Industry
Secure out-of-band access and automation for SCADA and hybrid networks that can make any grid smarter.
Increasing uptime and decreasing support visits
The ongoing convergence of SCADA and IP has introduced additional complexity into networks in the Energy industry. Combined with the remote nature of many sites for generation, transmission and distribution of power, these networks are becoming both more essential and costly to support.
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 | All access to remote network and communications devices goes 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 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.
Uplogix serves as a secure gateway to devices, not only providing access, but maintaining a complete audit trail of all changes made to the IT infrastructure as well as real-time detection and remediation of compliance breaches.
As the independent system operator entrusted with providing power, Uplogix automates basic management tasks in data centers critical to operations, providing security and logging that are part of NERC compliance.
The initial thinking was that their wind fields were likely too remote for a decent signal. That sounded like a challenge to the team here at Uplogix, always looking for a problem to solve with out-of-band management.
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