PAS announces the launch of Integrity Automation Genome Software, said to be the first product to provide a universal framework for the aggregation, contextualization, and simplification of data across an entire automation and production management system. This software maps the automation genome, which is comprised of the databases, programs, displays, and interconnections within and among all automation systems in a plant, including distributed control systems, SCADA systems, safety instrumented systems, data historians, advanced process controls, and instrumentation databases.
By identifying configuration defects and safety vulnerabilities, costly operational problems can be resolved quickly or avoided entirely. Tracking and historization of configuration changes ensures that the value of automation systems does not deteriorate over time. Users can access Integrity’s knowledge base through the graphical interfaces of their existing DCS and historian workstations.
Integrity Software also serves as a knowledge retention and collaboration platform that captures implicit knowledge, contextualizes it, and makes it accessible. This ensures knowledge from experienced personnel is made available to everyone who needs it. Additionally, as email has become a primary means of exchanging significant plant information, Integrity includes the ability to tag and incorporate important emails in the knowledge base.
Chris Lyden, president of PAS commented, “We have designed Integrity to take full advantage of Web 2.0 technologies in order to enable greater interaction among people and information. We believe that combining these functions with Integrity’s ability to map the genomes of the disparate systems in a plant will preserve a great deal of plant information and make it easily accessible to everyone who needs it.”
One of the “killer” applications of the new Integrity Automation Genome software according to Lyden is the Disaster Recovery module, which provides a mechanism for automatic backup and archiving of system and database files, documenting restoration procedures, and the creation of object-to-file associations. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, it aids in system recovery, restoring corrupted files, or providing the facility to roll back to a point in time.