Tenable Teams with Deloitte to Secure Fortune 500 Manufacturing Environments

Security of networks and compute platforms will continue to be news for quite some time. After all, Putin didn’t agree to terminate all hacking emanating from Russia (surprise). But according to my firewall statistics, I’m hacked from a large number of geographic sites, and I’m just a blog site! This news came to me. Typical of security news, there are superlatives and claims that I have not been able to verify. The gist is that there is an attempt to bring OT and IT together in a secure network.

Tenable.ot showcased in Deloitte’s Smart Factory at Wichita initiative, providing its industry-leading capabilities for securing today’s modern OT environments

Tenable Inc. the Cyber Exposure company, announced a strategic collaboration with Deloitte to accelerate and secure smart manufacturing across Fortune 500 environments. Tenable and Deloitte have developed and implemented industrial-grade security solutions to help organizations understand, manage, and reduce cyber risk in their manufacturing environments around the world.

According to a smart factory study from Deloitte and Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, eighty-six percent of manufacturers believe smart factories will be the main driver of competitiveness in the next five years. These modern environments represent a massive business opportunity, but they also contribute to an expansive and converged attack surface of legacy information technology (IT) and new operational technology (OT). Increasingly, boards of directors and executives consider OT security a top business priority and risk. As such, smart factories require strategic, risk-based vulnerability management to defend and secure mission- and safety-critical systems. 

Deloitte’s ecosystem for smart manufacturing provides organizations with greater speed, scale and security over their digital transformation initiatives. By deploying Tenable.ot — the industry’s first unified solution for securing IT/OT environments — as part of a secure-by-design model, joint customers benefit from unmatched visibility and control over their converged industrial environments, with advanced threat detection and mitigation to identify weak points before an attack ever occurs.  

“Make no mistake, industrial environments run the global economy. They build, power and protect the world around us. Ensuring these smart factories are secure by design is paramount,” said Renaud Deraison, co-founder and chief technology officer, Tenable. “Strategic cybersecurity must be foundational to all smart factory initiatives. Without it, you’re building on pillars of sand. Securing modern, converged environments requires unified visibility across both IT and OT assets. We’re very excited to collaborate with Deloitte to do just that for customers around the world.”

In addition to the existing deployments around the world, Tenable.ot will also be showcased in Deloitte’s Smart Factory @ Wichita initiative — a 60,000-square-foot immersive experience equipped with the latest smart factory advancements — designed to demonstrate how manufacturers can embrace digital transformation in a secure, scalable way. In the facility opening this fall, joint customers will experience the power of a unified, risk-based view of their IT and OT environments, arming them with the visibility, security and control required to secure Industry 4.0. 

“The Smart Factory at Wichita is designed to explore the full range of innovation with Industry 4.0 technologies and maintaining cybersecurity is a critical piece to the manufacturing life cycle,” said Stephen Laaper, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “With Tenable onboard as a builder sponsor, clients walking through the doors of the Smart Factory will have the ability to experience a secure industrial environment and can take solace in knowing critical organizational data is protected by a top leader in the industry.”

Betacom Announces Managed Private 5G Network

Last year’s edition of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) was filled with hype about AT&T and 5G network. Pundits received 5G-enabled iPhones and were less than impressed with the speed boost. This year’s WWDC was devoid of 5G hype. My response to the hype was that a little faster speed for iPhones was the least of 5G benefits. Despite the hype from other areas, I believe that before long industry will be building out 5G without extra thought. Sort of like 15 years ago when we suddenly went from talking about the potential of Ethernet in manufacturing to simply accepting it as the best solution for many networking applications.

This news from Betacom shows how we’ll slowly build out the tech until suddenly it’s everywhere.

Wireless pioneer Betacom, longtime design and deployment partner for the world’s leading telecommunication companies including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, has introduced the industry’s first fully managed private 5G network service. US enterprises now have access to cost-effective, high-performance 5G networks designed, deployed, and managed by one of the most trusted names in wireless networking. 

Network design, deployment, and management for the new service — which provides similar cost to and higher reliability, performance, and security than Wi-Fi — is conducted by Betacom through its world-class Network Operations Center (NOC), hosted on Microsoft Azure. BEnterprise customers own their networks and maintain local control of their data. 

Private 5G Services Accelerating

In recent months, private 5G networks have become increasingly prevalent, especially with the advent of new shared-spectrum connectivity options that expand enterprise access to wireless networks. In fact, industry experts agree that private 5G networks offer a more secure and higher performance environment than other networking options such as Wi-Fi or even Wi-Fi 6. 

A recent survey from TECHnalysis Research shows that 53% of US enterprises are planning to add private wireless networks — more than will be expanding Wi-Fi or upgrading to Wi-Fi 6. As Bob O’Donnell, president & chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research said, “Clearly, the buzz around 5G has created enough excitement and interest for the technology that IT managers and other tech leaders at companies of all sizes are eager to leverage it. Generally speaking, 5G and cellular networks in general are seen as having better security than unlicensed networks and, in some cases, lower latency, which can be critical for things like manufacturing environments.” 

Long History of Wireless Innovation 

Unlike others in the emerging Private 5G market, Betacom has a long and successful history of wireless deployments in mid-to-large enterprises leveraging carrier-class equipment and expertise to meet users’ most pressing connectivity needs. Having completed more than 800 design and deployment projects, Betacom inspires confidence among those who have worked closely with the company in the past.   

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of planning, testing and collaboration with our telecommunications partners and their customers, all of whom clearly see mutual benefits in the addition of the first fully-managed Private 5G network service to the growing number of stand-alone offerings in the market today,” said Johan Bjorklund, CEO of Betacom. “Our long experience in this market, our unmatched national presence and the technological advancements represented by our cloud native NOC that delivers full services and security all give us and our customers significant advantages in realizing the promise of 5G, owned by them and operated by us. We look forward to leading the way in this exciting new space.” 

About Betacom 

Betacom offers the first fully managed private 5G network, building on its long history as the primary outdoor and indoor DAS vendor to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., the company has offices in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Boston, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Mobile, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Its private 5G wireless service is the first managed service of its kind in the United States.

Finally a Fieldbus Convergence, Ethernet-APL Technology Now Available

Process manufacturing grew more and more complex, as well as more and more digital. Engineers needed better ways to communicate with field devices and instrumentation from control and operator stations. “We need a fieldbus,” they said.

Unfortunately, they didn’t get a fieldbus; they got many. There were angry magazine articles and resignations and recriminations as standards organizations didn’t approve one fieldbus for process applications. Every company through its proxy association wanted its technology recognized as a standard. And that is what happened. We had many standards.

Imagine my bemusement when after rearranging my schedule a bit to attend a 7 am (for me, 2 pm in Germany) press conference only to see the leaders of FieldComm, ODVA, and Profibus/Profinet International along with the leader of the OPC Foundation together discussing how this new Ethernet for Process manufacturing—Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer or Ethernet-APL—was the culmination of their work.

One physical network. The differing protocols? Well, heaven is still in the future, I guess.

Actually, this new network does solve many problems, bringing 10 Mbs Ethernet in standard cable and connector being intrinsically safe to the market. This is an example of collaborative work on a standard bringing great benefit to users.,

Following is today’s press release:

The numerous barriers to deploying high-speed Ethernet enabled instrumentation in hazardous process automation facilities are now resolved with the introduction of Ethernet-APL technology. Ethernet-APL is the new two-wire, intrinsically-safe physical layer suitable for use in demanding process automation applications.  Ethernet-APL’s benefits include dramatically improved communication speed, hazardous area reach, power to field instrumentation, and long cable runs. Leading standards development organizations FieldComm Group, ODVA, OPC Foundation, and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), as well as 12 major industrial project partners, have worked together successfully over the past three years under “The APL Project” to create this new physical layer solution for field instrumentation.  With the release of the specifications, engineering guidelines, and conformance test plans by The APL Project, end users can now expect components from leading suppliers, with first products now available from select vendors.

Ethernet-APL is an extension of the specification for Single-Pair Ethernet (SPE) based on 10BASET-1L, which can support every higher-order Ethernet communication protocol. By making adjustments to the physical layer, the requirements necessary for reliable operation in process-related plants are satisfied. The principal requirements are high-speed Ethernet based communications, operation in potentially explosive areas, and an ability to install long cable lengths of up to 1,000 meters. The electrical parameters that an Ethernet-APL device must meet to ensure “intrinsically safe” ignition protection are defined in the technical specification of the IEC TS 60079-47 (2-WISE or 2-Wire Intrinsically Safe Ethernet). 

The APL Project to bring Ethernet to the field has been underway for several years, and it is with much excitement and anticipation that this initial technology launch is announced. “We are very pleased to release the carefully crafted technology specifications and engineering guidelines to enable Ethernet-APL technology to start to transform the field of process plants,” commented Dr. Jörg Hähniche, Chair of the APL Steering Committee. “The high level of cooperation across multiple standards development and vendor organizations within the APL Project has resulted in one future oriented Ethernet physical layer for process automation. This technology launch is a key progress marker, and the development journey will continue now with products in the pipeline from significant industry partners.”

The APL Project has defined port profiles to create the Ethernet-APL concept for multiple power levels with and without explosion hazardous area protection. Ethernet-APL port profiles, including electrical power classes, shield connection options, and segment lengths, have been finalized. Markings on devices and instrumentation will indicate power level and function as sourcing or sinking. This will provide a simple framework for interoperability from engineering to operation and maintenance. Engineering guidelines and best practices for planning and installation are also now complete and available in an engineering directive document that will support users when designing and commissioning networks utilizing Ethernet-APL. This facilitates an easy transfer of knowledge for a smooth adoption of Ethernet-APL. Standard Ethernet diagnostic tools will assist new or seasoned instrument techs and engineers in their daily work, providing for a shallow learning curve. 

As a single physical layer, Ethernet-APL will be able to support EtherNet/IP, HART-IP, OPC UA, PROFINET, or any other higher-level network protocol. Activities are underway to finalize conformance testing at the leading standards development organizations that are a part of the APL Project. The test specifications now published will assure the quality of products and verify that a product complies with the parameters defined in the APL port profiles specification. The APL Project team has also cooperated with semiconductor manufacturers who will offer 10BASE-T1L Phys for Ethernet-APL on the market. Additionally, the 12 APL Project industry partners are finalizing development of products that will be available in the marketplace soon. The multivendor demonstration in Karlsruhe, Germany –  displayed digitally during ACHEMA Pulse showing participation across different product vendors and networks – highlights the multiple options and interoperability that Ethernet-APL will offer end users.

With the launch of Ethernet-APL, users can now anticipate a single Ethernet physical layer that can enable long cable reach, intrinsic safety, and application-level protocol support for maximum productivity and output. Products will be available in the market soon with conformance testing certification. Users can learn more about Ethernet-APL by visiting ethernet-apl.org and downloading the “Ethernet to the Field” white paper.

About FieldComm Group

FieldComm Group is a global standards-based organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of new and overlapping technologies and serves as the source for FDI technology. FieldComm Group’s mission is to develop, manage and promote global standards for integrating digital devices into automation system architectures while protecting process-automation investments in HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus communication technologies. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of the technologies.

About ODVA

About the OPC Foundation:
Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation is dedicated to providing the best specifications, technology, process, and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable, interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The Foundation serves over 815 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and Smart Energy sectors.

About PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI)

PI is a wide spread automation community in the world represented by 25 different Regional PI Associations and is responsible PROFIBUS and PROFINET, the two leading industrial communications protocols covering all industries. The common interest of PI’s global network of vendors, developers, system integrators and end users lies in promoting, supporting and using PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Regionally and globally over 1,500 member companies are working closely together around the world to the best automation possible. The organization’s global influence and reach is unmatched in the world of automation.

Claroty Unveils Zero-Infrastructure Cybersecurity Solution to Protect Industrial Enterprises

Finally, a cybersecurity news release that doesn’t try to jump on the latest cyber breach bandwagon. Interesting advance for cyber security.

New Claroty Edge and enhanced Continuous Threat Detection give customers faster, easier, more-flexible paths to achieve wide range of industrial cybersecurity objectives

Claroty has announced Claroty Edge, a patent-pending addition to The Claroty Platform that delivers 100% visibility into industrial networks in minutes without requiring network changes, utilizing sensors, or having any physical footprint. Combined with enhancements to its Continuous Threat Detection (CTD) solution – including CTD.Live, a SaaS-based deployment option, and new features for scalable deployments – Claroty now offers a complete portfolio of solutions that meet enterprises wherever they are on their industrial cybersecurity journey.

“Network security in operational technology (OT) and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments means security products that can speak and understand the many proprietary industrial protocols and provide both security operations center staff with increased visibility of the full operations and OT personnel with actionable information,” said Romain Fouchereau, research manager, European Security at IDC. “The ability to perform comprehensive network monitoring without needing to invest in extra sensors or other supporting components can help maintain system resiliency, especially in large, highly distributed organizations.”

As there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all industrial network, organizations require cybersecurity solutions that can evolve with their objectives, without burdening their infrastructure or personnel with unnecessary hardware, complex configurations, lengthy deployments, or steep learning curves. The new and enhanced Claroty Platform achieves this by giving customers faster, easier, more-flexible paths to achieve the industrial cybersecurity objectives that are most important to them.

“The recent cyber incidents with Colonial Pipeline and the Oldsmar, Florida water supply have underscored the need for asset owners and operators to mature their cybersecurity programs and make ‘eyes wide open’ decisions about the risks to their critical and vulnerable assets,” said Grant Geyer, chief product officer of Claroty. “Cyber risks to industrial control systems have consequences not only for the organization, but also for public safety and the global supply chain, so every industrial enterprise has an obligation to start their cybersecurity journey. With Claroty’s enhanced platform, organizations can take advantage of the capabilities that are right for their needs today, and can evolve as the threat landscape changes and their cybersecurity programs mature.”

Key Features and Functions

With these new additions and enhancements, The Claroty Platform has evolved to reveal, detect, protect, and connect any deployment structure, at any scale, in rapid time:

  • Claroty Edge is the industry’s first zero-infrastructure industrial cybersecurity solution, functioning as a highly flexible edge-data collector to deliver 100% visibility in minutes, with a simple, easy setup and absolutely no network footprint. It equips customers to discover a complete OT, IoT, and IIoT global asset inventory, as well as identify and manage the vulnerabilities and risks affecting those assets.

Claroty Edge is an optimal entry-point for those who are just beginning their industrial cybersecurity journey, as well as an exemplary scalable solution for those expanding their existing coverage to air-gapped, remote, smaller, or differently prioritized sites.

Beyond this, customers can leverage it to conduct audit requests and report compliance for industrial networks, M&A due diligence on target third-party environments, and faster and more effective incident response.

  • CTD.Live is a SaaS-based deployment option for enterprises embracing the cloud as a core component of their industrial cybersecurity strategy. It is uniquely suited to support robust digital transformation initiatives because it is fast, scalable, and ensures CTD’s visibility and threat detection capabilities are always up to date. CTD.Live also reduces total cost of ownership by eliminating certain hardware requirements and extending inventory, risk and vulnerability, and monitoring coverage to newly added assets automatically as customer networks expand.
  • CTD version 4.3 provides greater flexibility in how critical asset, alert, and risk data can be accessed, managed, and manipulated, both directly within CTD and via integrations with third-party SIEM providers. It includes new options for segmentation via Virtual Zones, enabling customers to further customize and fine-tune their segmentation and alerting policies for stronger, more accurate detection of risky communications and other indicators of malicious activity.
  • Secure Remote Access (SRA): The scalability of all of these capabilities increases by combining CTD.Live with Claroty’s SRA solution, which provides internal and third-party personnel with frictionless, reliable, and highly secure access to industrial networks. Customers can also use Claroty Edge to blueprint and optimize SRA deployments, thereby reducing the time and resources required for full implementation.

“We needed an OT tool that complements Claroty CTD’s real-time monitoring to reveal the unreachable blind spots in Pfizer’s main manufacturing environments. With Claroty Edge, we attained this faster than ever imagined,” said Jim LaBonty, head of global automation engineering at Pfizer. “Its unique offering and approach deliver a complete, detailed inventory of all OT and IoT assets in both integrated and standalone networks, in a matter of minutes and with a few clicks. This would have otherwise taken several weeks. Claroty Edge takes the heavy lifting out of managing the plethora of OT assets in production and empowers us to better secure our production environments.”

Claroty Edge is generally available now, while CTD.Live and CTD 4.3 will be available in July 2021. To learn more about The Claroty Platform, pleaserequest a demo.

Qualcomm Debuts Roster of IoT Solutions to Drive Global Digital Transformation Across Industries

Qualcomm is in release mode these days—especially concerning chips for 5G and IoT. Last month was one new chipset. This month—four more. These will power many devices for your IoT / digital transformation initiatives.

Next-generation solutions deliver advanced Edge-AI performance, breakthrough power-efficiency, 5G connectivity capabilities and enhanced features for processing and security from entry level to premium tiers. 

The opportunity to connect the unconnected has never been more prevalent.  Qualcomm Technologies Inc.is enabling an IoT ecosystem of 13,000+ IoT customers to date, helping to accelerate the digital transformation and development of connected products. 

Qualcomm Technologies extends its support for the IoT ecosystem by introducing seven new solutions to help enable the proliferation of next-generation IoT devices: Qualcomm QCS8250, Qualcomm QCS6490/ QCM6490, Qualcomm QCS4290/ QCM4290, and Qualcomm QCS2290/ QCM2290. 

These solutions range from entry-level to premium tier to expand access to a variety of industrial and commercial applications. These latest IoT solutions from Qualcomm Technologies are purpose-built to help meet the needs of the expanding IoT ecosystem for key segments including transportation and logistics, warehousing, video collaboration, smart cameras, retail, healthcare, and more. 

“Qualcomm Technologies is uniquely positioned to lead the IoT ecosystem forward with our systems-level approach. Along with the recently announced Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem, these new IoT solutions further exemplify our commitment to driving global digital transformation and providing a portfolio of solutions to transform industrial and enterprise IoT applications to achieve cutting edge performance and seamless connectivity,” said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and general manager of connected smart systems at Qualcomm Technologies. “We believe in the power of technology to enrich lives through purposeful innovation with solutions to support the ecosystem in reimagining how the world connects, works and communicates. These new IoT solutions are a step towards achieving that goal.”

The seven new IoT solutions offer a breadth of capabilities for a range of smart devices and connected solutions with extended life hardware and softwareoptions forachieving long-term support for a minimum of eight years:

Qualcomm QCS8250 | Target applications: connected healthcare, digital signage, retail, and video collaboration The Qualcomm QCS8250 is Qualcomm Technologies’ next-generation premium-tier offering, optimized to deliver maximum performance at greatest power efficiency enabling compute intensive AI at the edge with support for Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6 solutions and 5G connectivity. This solution is designed to deliver premium-level performance through the Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU architecture, the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine, and powerful image signal processor (ISP) to support up to 7 concurrent cameras with encode at up to 4Kresolution at 120 frames per second. This powerful solution offers a new Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for ultra-intuitive AI in addition to machine learning for compute-intensive IoT applications to enable smart cameras, video collaboration, AI hubs, connected healthcare and smart retail. Purpose-built for industrial and commercial applications, this platform delivers ultimate performance experience with flexible options enabled by our 3rd party ecosystem to accelerate deployment and commercialization at scale.

Qualcomm QCS6490/QCM6490 | Target applications: connected healthcare, logistics management, retail, transportation, and warehousing The Qualcomm QCS6490 and Qualcomm QCM6490 are Qualcomm Technologies’ first optimized IoT solutions built to deliver premium-tier features including global 5G connectivity and lightning-fast Wi-Fi 6E for high-tier IoT devices. With the Kryo 585 CPU architecture this solution delivers powerful performance and is purpose-built for industrial and commercial IoT applications such as transportation, warehousing, connected healthcare, logistics management and across retail point of sale (POS) kiosks. Equippe to support 5G mmWave/Sub-6 GHz and Wi-Fi 6E, this solution helps enable the latest generation of ruggedized handhelds and tablets, industrial scanners, and human machine interface systems. Through powerful connections, reduced latency, along with dynamic triple ISPs and advanced Edge-AI and compute based on 6th generation Qualcomm AI Engine, this solution delivers astonishing performance at reduced power compared to previous generation solutions. 

Qualcomm QCS4290/QCM4290| Target applications: cameras, industrial handhelds, and security panels The Qualcomm QCS4290 and Qualcomm QCM4290offer maximum mid-tier benefits delivering greater performance. With the Kryo260 CPU architecture for increased speeds and robust on-device performance, in addition to the 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine, this platform delivers powerful performance, dynamic camera capabilities and broad connectivity options (LTE Cat13, Wi-Fi 6-Ready), ideal for industrial and commercial IoT applications such as industrial handhelds in logistics and warehousing, security panels and cameras. For increased intuitive on-device intelligence, devices based on this new solution will help enable productive and efficient work environments.

Qualcomm QCS2290/QCM2290| Target applications: camera applications, industrial handhelds, retail and tracking   The Qualcomm QCS2290 and Qualcomm QCM2290 are robust entry-level offerings, enabling reliable performance and power-conservation with LTE connectivity, upgraded features and memory support for low power consumption. Equipped with the Cortex A53 CPU architecture, the entry-level platform is a cost-effective solution, delivering greater performance, higher graphics capabilities, better quality images, and improved power performance. This platform is well-suited for, retail point-of-sale (POS), industrial handheld, tracking and camera applications. Also, QCS2290/QCM2290 baseband chip is pin-to-pin compatible with QCS4290/QCM4290which helps customers utilize hardware and software across various IoT devices to reduce cost and time to market. 

The Qualcomm QCS8250, Qualcomm QCS4290/ QCM4290, and Qualcomm QCS2290/ QCM2290 solutions are available now. The Qualcomm QCS6490/ QCM6490 solution are expected to be available in second half of 2021. Qualcomm Technologies’ new solutions are fueling future technology developments to enable the next generation of innovation across the IoT ecosystem. 

Amtran 

“As a tremendous impact of COVID-19, the video conferencing system becomes a must. The development of the Qualcomm QCS8250 helps enable AmTran to deliver fine-tuned audio and video processing products, for communication without distance and interference,” Sam Wu, president, AmTram Technology. 

Aver 

“As a global leading supplier of camera and room solutions for meeting spaces, we are thrilled by the announcement of Qualcomm QCS8250 which will enable us to not only stay competitive but also to bring better UC&C solutions in the video conferencing ecosystem” said Andy Hsi, president, AVer Information Inc.

eInfochips 

“Given our strong focus on intelligent camera and machine vision solutions, eInfochips is excited about the launch of Qualcomm QCS8250 solution. Leveraging 25-plus years of product design experience, eInfochips enables intelligent devices, such as collaboration devices, smart robots, AR/VR devices, home/industrial automation and intelligent cameras based on this module,” said Parag Mehta, chief business development officer, eInfochips.

Fibocom

“The announcement of Qualcomm Technologies’ newest IoT solutions is an exciting step forward in the global proliferation of next-generation IoT devices.  Coupled with Fibocom’s end-to-end IoT modules and wireless communications solutions, these new solutions will enable powerful, intelligent, and revolutionary IoT solutions across a variety of industries and vertical applications,” said Lingpeng Ying,chief executive officer, Wireless Inc.

Hongtech

“As a leading IoT solution distributor in Taiwan, we have strong application insights and support customers from concept to design to manufacturing. The Qualcomm QCS8250 is a leading AI computing platform, and we are pleased to be collaborating with Taiwan customers to enable the high-performance, low-power computing IoT platform in 1H2022, including a SMARC module from iBase and video conference solution from Aver,” said Eric Cheng, president, Hongtech Electronics Co., Ltd.

iBASETechnology 

“With the recommendation of HongTech, we have adopted the next-gen premium-tier processor, the Qualcomm QCS8250 into our Qualcomm-based SMARC module which provides power efficiency and superior performance with 4K resolution at 120 frames per second video resolution, making it an ideal choice for high-tier multi-display/multi-camera signage, IWB, video conferencing or retail analytics applications,” said YN Chen, vice-chief executive officer, IBASE Technology.

Lantronix

“The new QualcommQCS8250 platform brings exciting new capabilities to the intelligent video market for developers. This development will enable Lantronix to provide IoT vertical market customers the ability to get to market quickly, especially in video collaboration, surveillance/smart cities, smart display, and AI retail boxes. The Qualcomm QCS8250 will drive the next generation of video developments by addressing important video processing and latency considerations, Lantronix looks forward to being part of this journey,” said Paul Pickle, president and chief executive officer, Lantronix.

MeiG

“As a global leading supplier of cellular modules for the IoT, we are thrilled by the announcement of Qualcomm Technologies’ next-generation IoT solutions. These new solutions will support us in developing next-generation IoT applications and usher in a new generation of IoT applications and expansion in the ecosystem,” said Benjamin Du, chief executive officer, MeiG Smart.

PAX

“Qualcomm Technologies’ newest IoT solutions are a strong step forward for the retail market and IoT ecosystem to enable the global proliferation of next-generation devices. We are proud to work with Qualcomm Technologies to continue to enable the growth of this market and ecosystem.” said Tom Luo, executive vice president, PAX Computer Technology (Shenzhen) Co.,Ltd. 

Quectel 

“Qualcomm Technologies’ newest IoT solutions mark an exciting step forward in the global proliferation of next-generation IoT devices. These solutions are highly compatible with Quectel’s existing 5G and LTE modules, allowing customers to accelerate their designs with fast time-to-market. We are very proud to work with Qualcomm Technologies as we continue to enable the growth of the Internet of Things,” said Patrick Qian, chief executive officer, Quectel. 

SUNMI

“The announcement of Qualcomm Technologies’ newest IoT solutions is an exciting step forward in the global proliferation of next-generation POS devices. Coupled with SUNMI’s flagship products, these new solutions will enable powerful, intelligent, and revolutionary devices across a variety of industries and vertical applications,” said Jeep, chief operations officer, SUNMI.

Sunsea

“SUNSEA AIoT is committed to utilizing advanced IoT technologies to develop all-in-one solutions for the IoT ecosystem from 5G modules to smart communities solutions. Through the introduction of Qualcomm Technologies’ latest IoT solutions, Qualcomm Technologies is enabling us to develop next-generation products, provide end-to-end 5G solutions, intelligent industrial applications and help enterprises keep leading of the industry forward with the latest IoT advancements,” said Yang Tao, chief executive officer, SUNSEA AIoT.

Tymphany

“Tymphany, a worldwide leader in audio ODM services, has collaborated with Qualcomm Technologies to bring to the market an integrated audio and video conferencing platform leveraging the Qualcomm QCS8250 on video collaboration bars. The video bar can support up to 3 video streams, 52M pixels sensor x2 and TOF with wide view angle lens. It’s also covered with modularized Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Tymphany is also working with internal speaker and audio solutions for a best-in-class video collaboration experience for user. The Qualcomm QCS8250 enables a standalone architecture that is critical to enable certifications for today’s leading video collaboration software applications” said Tungwen Tu, director of conferencing products in professional audio division, Tymphany.

VIDERI

“VIDERI is sincerely grateful to be an early adopter of the Qualcomm QCS8250 with Qualcomm Technologies alongside its world-class engineers and developers,” commented Francois Gariepy, chief technology officer, VIDERI. “With its powerful graphics and neural network processing, not to mention the integratedWiFi6 capability, the Qualcomm 8250chipsetwill become the cornerstone of our next-generation, AI-curated retail visual experience platform.”

Zebra

“Based on our long strategic relationship, we congratulate Qualcomm Technologies on the launch of these cutting-edge solutions,” said Julie Johnson, vice president of product management, Zebra Technologies. “This innovation gives us more flexibility than ever before to build the right technology solutions for our customers based on their specific needs.”

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G.When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found inevery3G, 4G and 5Gsmartphone.We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business.

Plethora of News from Rockwell Automation

I received few news releases from Rockwell Automation for several years. Suddenly I gained a new friend, Jack, who sends something almost every week. It’s good to know that one of the largest control and automation suppliers in North America is still churning out updated products.

I’ve been saving these up for a bit. Included in this post:

  • CIP Security Proxy Device
  • Plant floor asset management
  • Stack light
  • Medium voltage drives
  • Connected Components Software Workbench
  • Managed Ethernet switch
  • Network security threat detection

CIP Security Proxy Device 

Industrial companies can now implement CIP Security expansively in their systems with the Allen-Bradley CIP Security Proxy. The CIP Security Proxy allows users to implement CIP Security on most devices on their network. 

The CIP Security Proxy works with EtherNet/IP-compliant devices. CIP Security is part of the defense in depth strategy, which can help defend against attacks where threat actors can remotely access a network and act maliciously. With the ability to provide CIP Security for a single device, a layer of security is added that can help protect the system.

Configuration for the proxy device can be achieved through FactoryTalk Policy Manager software and FactoryTalk system services. In addition, this device supports motion for Kinetix drives and offers a web server for viewing diagnostics. It allows for secure event generation syslog support and includes rotary switches for 192.168.1.xyz IP addressing. The proxy device also contains three one-gigabit EtherNet/IP ports and can operate in temperatures from -25° to +70° Celsius adding to the ease of use.

Plant-Floor Asset Management with Enhanced Software

Industrial workers can now more easily manage their hundreds or thousands of automation assets using the enhanced FactoryTalk AssetCentre software from Rockwell Automation. The latest release provides firmware and software lifecycle information for all assets in one place. This saves time because workers no longer need to connect to control cabinets and manually record information for each device. 

With the software’s enhanced asset inventory functionality, workers can quickly scan a network and see which devices are in a specific lifecycle state. Examples include devices running retired firmware or forecasted to be discontinued in the next six months. This helps identify products in the same lifecycle state and workers can better plan for replacements and upgrades. 

The FactoryTalk AssetCentre software also has a new security feature called archive management of change, which automates the process of authorizing who can change files and what they can change. It requires workers to explain why files need to be changed and verifies that only necessary files are being checked out. It also locks a file until changes are approved and escalates approval requests when needed. 

This helps enhance system security, which is particularly useful for some industries such as oil and gas, that require added levels of control over when changes are permitted. For example, one major food company reduced its downtime events from unknown or unauthorized changes by 7% using FactoryTalk AssetCentre software. It can also reduce downtime due to change management.

These updates add to the software’s existing ability to report discontinuation dates and the availability of replacement products. The enhanced software now also provides disaster-recovery support for more Rockwell Automation devices as well as third-party devices.

Stack Light

The new Allen-Bradley 856T Control Tower Stack Light system uses a modular design that incorporates brighter LED illumination and a broad offering of sound technologies. All signals in the system are 24V AC/DC powered, which means that just three power modules can cover the entire system. The latest additions to the 856T Control Tower Stack Light family are IO-Link enabled versions that provide diagnostic information and ease integration into a Connected Enterprise. 

IO-Link enabled versions of Bulletin 856T Control Tower Stack Lights enable users to monitor tower light and machine status in real-time, while allowing for simple remote set-up and troubleshooting.

Medium Voltage Drives

Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 6000T medium voltage drives now include TotalFORCE technology from Rockwell Automation, which provides precise control of speed and torque, diagnostic information for tracking system health and automatic adjustments to keep operations running smoothly.

The PowerFlex 6000T drives follow speed or torque commands closely in both open- and closed-loop vector control modes to deliver the precise control required for high performance and large loads.

The drives also continuously monitor operations to track the health of electrical components in the drive and motor and provide real-time diagnostic information to the control system.

Additionally, adaptive control features within the PowerFlex 6000T drives help isolate potentially harmful vibration and resonances, and automatically compensate for variances to help keep applications running. With load-observer technology, they also effectively reject disturbances when loads change suddenly, helping to keep operations running smoothly and increasing output.

Connected Components Software Workbench

Industrial engineers can more efficiently design and configure stand-alone machines using the latest release of Connected Components Workbench software from Rockwell Automation. With several new and enhanced features, the software improves download and build performance to create more efficient, user-friendly design processes.

Highlights of what’s new in version 13 of Connected Components Workbench software include:

  • A new Global and Local variable data grid that delivers capabilities to help engineers develop projects faster. For example, a quick declaration feature allows users to create multiple variables with the same prefix, suffix and data type in one click. An intuitive filter bar allows users to find tags quickly.
  • An enhanced Run Mode Change (RMC) capability that enables users to make edits without downloading project source code. This can speed up online edits and create smoother, more seamless design experiences.
  • A new Controller Organizer view that gives engineers the option to switch to a Logix Theme programming experience. This allows them to work in a more familiar environment and use copy-and-paste ladder logic from the Studio 5000 Logix Designer application.
  • An enhanced Global Connection capability on existing system tags in the PanelView 800 DesignStation that gives users greater flexibility to configure remote system connections.

The Connected Components Workbench software helps simplify the development of stand-alone machines that are built with the Rockwell Automation Micro Control system. Engineers can configure, program and visualize the major control components of their stand-alone machines in a single software environment. They can also use tools like the Micro800 Simulator to validate their application code without the need for hardware.

Managed Ethernet Switch

Allen-Bradley Stratix 5800 managed industrial Ethernet switch  supports layer 2 access switching and layer 3 routing for use in multiple layers of the architecture. Robust security capabilities and ISA/IEC 62443-4-2 certification help enhance network security.

The Stratix 5800 switch has fixed and modular designs, giving users flexibility to configure it based on application needs. It offers combinations of copper, fiber and Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports to support a wide range of architectures.

The switch helps ease integration by addressing the needs of both operations (OT) and IT teams. Studio 5000 Add-on Profiles enable premier integration into the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture. And the Cisco IOS-XE operating system helps ease integration to the enterprise.

“Reducing the complexity of IT/OT convergence is a priority today as companies need to connect their operations while managing challenges like skills shortages and security threats,” said Mark Devonshire, product manager, Rockwell Automation. “The Stratix 5800 managed switch helps simplify the jobs of IT and OT teams, and helps improve security and high performance for industrial environments.”

Certification to ISA/IEC 62443-4-2 verifies that the switch meets the standard’s technical requirements to security level 2 for industrial automation and control systems. This continues the efforts of Rockwell Automation to help secure industrial operations through certifications, expertise, products and services.

Rockwell Automation Expands Threat Detection Services with Cisco Cyber Vision

The longstanding alliance between Rockwell Automation and Cisco continues to find new ways to provide customer value with the announcement that Rockwell Automation is adding Cisco’s Cyber Vision solution to its existing LifecycleIQ Services portfolio of cybersecurity threat detection offerings.

While convergence is essential to a digital transformation, it also presents challenges such as siloed networks, cybersecurity threats, skills shortages, and an abundance of production data and solutions. The leaders in their respective industries have worked together to offer jointly developed architectures, services and products to help companies address these challenges as they work toward building a Connected Enterprise.

As this deeper integration between IT, cloud and industrial networks creates security issues that become digitization obstacles, Cyber Vision provides full visibility into industrial control systems to build secure infrastructures and enforce security policies – achieving the continuity, resilience, and safety of industrial operations. The addition of Cyber Vision to the LifecycleIQ Services threat detection offerings provides a unique switch-based architecture for customers with existing Cisco solutions, greenfield networks or those updating their Cisco network infrastructure.