Powerful, Secure SCADA
Mission critical operations face many challenges in today's environment. Whether your industry is power, oil and gas, transportation, water, or chemicals, pressure has increased to improve safety and security of your infrastructure, maximize operational efficiency, improve service responsiveness and automate and integrate large scale diverse assets. All of these challenges require SCADA systems to provide the flexibility, scalability, and reliability. Our more than 25 years of process control / SCADA experience and thousands of mission critical SCADA deployments is here to assist your operational challenges and requirements.
Leidos Industrial Defender RTAP SCADA platform specializes in monitoring and controlling large mission-critical operations that are complex, diverse and evolving. According to our customers, "The RTAP product is considered to have the best performing real-time database on the market." Not only is RTAP available on the latest Unix/Linux hardware and software platforms, but it can be fully protected and monitored by Industrial Defender, the industry's first and only technology solution specifically designed for the real-time control environment.
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Real-time Object Database
At the heart of the RTAP SCADA platform is an object oriented real-time database that provides the flexibility and openness to address the most demanding industry challenges. In many industries such as water, oil & gas, transportation and power the scale and diversity of assets is increasing rapidly. This increasing asset mix coupled with more demanding regulatory requirements and changing competitive environments are pushing the capabilities of monitoring and control systems. SCADA systems must be equipped to handle the increasing size and scope of emerging systems. With the power of RTAP's real-time object database, considerable engineering hours and system downtime can be avoided throughout the lifecycle of large-scale automation systems - from development through expansion and maintenance. RTAP's database offers the following benefits:
- Manage your assets more effectively by organizing the database into objects that model the hierarchy of your physical operations.
- Eliminate repetitive steps involved in modeling hundreds of similar components within your operations by copying and reusing database objects, full database branches and graphical objects throughout the system.
- Drastically improve the scalability of your system through the use and management of groups of objects called classes. Individual modifications made to a class affect all members or instances of that class, avoiding the need to modify individual system components.
- Save significant time in the development of the operator interface. Through the powerful concept of relative addressing, common graphic diagrams and control panels once created, can then be animated by whatever object in the database that is referenced at the time.
- Flexibly model any kind of application through complete control over the structure of the basic systems building block - the database object. For example the database object could represent:
- Physical entities of varying complexity, such as pressure transducers, fractionation columns, or pump stations
- Calculated entities like KPIs such as power output or plant efficiency
- Application support entities, such as recipes or batch records
Leveraging these benefits not only reduces the lifecycle cost in the SCADA system, by making it easier, more flexible and more efficient to work with, it also increases the overall reliability and effectiveness of your operations.
The database also provides benefits through the following components:
Like a spreadsheet, the event driven calculation engine (CE) is used to handle a wide range of computation problems, without programming. The CE is similar in concept to a spreadsheet in that definitions can be associated among any values in the database. It automatically updates derived values whenever raw data is acquired - whether from the scan system, an operator entry, or an application. In addition to a library of base CE functions provided with RTAP, developers can also write any type of industry specific function they require.
RTAP provides a powerful and extensible alarm mechanism that can be tailored to meet the most demanding detection, filtering, notification and logging requirements. A user-friendly alarm display front end integrates directly into HMI panels and is fully configurable.
Long Term Historian
The RTAP Historian allows you to create a long-term, time series history record for any value in the database. Sampling can be time or event driven and optional dead banding can be used to filter out minor changes. The storage capacity is limited only by the size of your disk. Although stored on disk, history files are accessed through the real-time database and are an extension to its object structure.
RTAP Environment Services
In providing leading flexibility to manage demanding SCADA systems, RTAP environments can be optimized per machine for each unique application or purpose. RTAP supports distributed systems cost-effectively. An RTAP environment can be a modular group of cooperating processes and shared resources or it can be a full-fledged automation system, communicating with other environments, other computers, other software packages, and other parts of your business. An RTAP event manager can watch for triggers from RTAP and other applications and will then initiate real-time follow on activities within in entire SCADA system.
Living up to an established reputation for superior reliability RTAP comes with various features to ensure downtime is virtually nonexistent, especially in large complex systems where reliability is sometimes a challenge. A complete packaged redundancy solution is available with RTAP. The RTAP redundancy solution provides bumpless failover of HMI clients and the ability to have multiple hot standby database servers. Standby servers are instantly synchronized so that there is no loss of data during changeover. Standby servers can also be controlled for trial or test purposes before going back online.>
SCADA Integration Infrastructure
Today's environment requires a SCADA system to be very open for application integration and flexible enough for third parties to easily add new, unique functionality. For years seasoned RTAP users have been developing their own added value applications on top of RTAP. Examples of value added applications built onto RTAP include:
custom leak detection, hourly/daily accumulations and power/pressure allowables applications in pipelines.
Start-up management, integrated load management and network management applications in power.
Cost management and capacity analysis, energy management applications for transportation.
Energy management, pump optimization & scheduling applications in water.
At the heart of RTAP's superior flexibility and integration capabilities is an extensive, documented set of Application Programming Interfaces (API) that open the core real-time services to application programs. Applications can access the database, event manager, timekeeper, and process scheduler, as well as the scanning, alarming, history, and messaging systems. RTAP functions also enable you to use a range of real-time services in creative ways that extend the abilities of the core platform.
For maximum performance, the base API is provided for C and languages that can call C functions. RTAP also offers a Java interface that provides an object-oriented interface to RTAP services for Java developers writing applications using EJB, J2EE or JSP.
HMI and Visualization
Front and center in any operator's interaction with the SCADA system is the Human Machine Interface (HMI). To have the flexibility to accommodate industry challenges associated with asset diversity, a changing regulatory environment and a changing competitive environment, Industrial Defender offers two powerful choices in HMIs. The Visualizer is available to accommodate Windows based clients and SchematX to accommodate Unix or Linux clients. For ultimate flexibility, you can mix and match our windows based Visualizer HMI with Unix, Linux or Windows database servers. Additionally SchematX can interoperate with Unix or Linux database servers.
The engineering effort required to develop operator interfaces can be drastically reduced using RTAP HMIs. The number of individual screens that must be created and maintained in large systems can be reduced significantly by taking advantage of the relative addressing concept inherent in the RTAP database hierarchy. At run time, displays receive a pointer to a branch in the database and all database links are resolved relative to that pointer. This allows, for example, a single display that represents a motor to be used for all motors of the same type in the system.
RTAP HMIs also have various other benefits that allow flexibility to accommodate expanding data sources and system size. Smart symbols provide scalability and lower lifecycle costs. These reusable smart symbols can be created once, reused many times and modified at a group level - automatically updating all display screens where they are used. Smart symbols include the visible component, database links, any scripts and dynamics that define how the symbol appears at run time.
To allow for both simplicity and flexibility in graphic development both Industrial Defender HMI's offer a simplified scripting language. Visualizer also offers a powerful complete scripting language to manipulate and perform actions on graphic components in the form of VBA.
RTAP Web Services
To improve your organization's responsiveness RTAP Web Services makes real-time information from your automated facilities widely available throughout your corporation. Because of its true thin client design, any modern browser on any operating system can be used to display RTAP data. Only standard Internet technologies are used, so other display types including wireless devices can also be supported.
RTAP Web Services are used to provide reports, charts and custom "dashboard" displays of real-time information for users outside the control room. Process operators, who need high bandwidth, information intensive displays are best served by the RTAP Operator HMI.
Device Connectivity, Integration and Data Acquisition
Device connectivity options for RTAP are unrivalled. There are virtually no limitations with respect to the types of devices and I/O you can connect with. There is also a broad range of communication options that are available to use with any given device. The RTAP scan system links the database to data monitoring and control equipment via Ethernet or RS-232 channels (including radio channels). Three methods of data collection are available: polled, polled report by exception, and spontaneous report by exception. RTAP easily handles multi-dropped end devices on multiple communication ports. Communication parameters (poll periods, baud rate, I/O mapping, and so on) are specified in the database and configuration is flexible enough to support half-duplex radio channels. Communication statistics are gathered automatically and made available in the database.
RTAP connects with a growing list of devices such as PLC's and RTU's from major vendors, either directly or through an OPC server. Many device drivers for other equipment are available from Industrial Defender's partners. Industrial Defender provides drivers to all mainstream vendors and devices, some of which include:
In the event a driver for a certain device is not available, a powerful development toolkit is included with RTAP for partners and customers who wish to develop their own device driver. We can also offer our services team for custom driver development. With this device driver service you will be assured top quality development and Industrial Defender's leading support behind your custom drivers.