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Operators of transportation systems need SCADA systems to manage critical infrastructures
such as rail traction power and tunnel ventilation. Monitoring and controlling these
systems is essential during equipment failures or critical incidents. One of the
main difficulties that many organizations face is integration of multiple control
systems that have been delivered over time. Transportation SCADA system is usually
based on a redundant network consisting of high-performance, high-availability servers,
workstations, front-end communication processors and field RTUs. CSWorks is a vendor-neutral
software framework that can help build a distributed solution that functions on
top of the existing subsystems.
CSWorks open architecture enables solution developers to mix-and-match products
from different vendors to deliver solutions that are more flexible and robust than
those restricted to a single vendor's platform. Open standards such as OPC, SQL,
WCF (Windows Communication Foundation), SOAP, HTTP protect your automation investment
from proprietary technology obsolescence that can come with changes in the technical
requirements, ownership or finances. Please read more about CSWorks architecture
in the Architecture
Web-enabled distributed SCADA
CSWorks-powered solutions enable monitoring and control of multiple locations with
one software system. Not only can you monitor and access individual locations and
track segments, but you can also control entire public transit network operations
across intranets via wireless devices. Web-based HMI delivers operator and supervisory
screens across intranets or the Internet with full global network security. Please
read more about CSWorks distributed architecture in the Distributed Architecture section.
CSWorks integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio design environment that allows HMI
application engineers to take advantage of the development tool with a proven track
record to create user applications with complex animations, eye-catching graphics
and extremely rich functionality. No need to learn yet another scripting language
or proprietary object model, just use C# or VB.NET to create CSWorks applications
Microsoft Silverlight platform. See our educational video about
creating your first CSWorks application.
CSWorks can function on top of a number of standard, secure communication protocols
that guarantee data privacy and integrity. Client-server interaction can be tunneled
through SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) - the de-facto standard for the protection of
online transmission of sensitive information. So whether users are logged onto a
local workstation or dialing in from home, the system is secure.
Cross-platform and cross-browser thin client
CSWorks-powered client applications run on Windows and Mac platforms using Microsoft Silverlight. Increase ROI,
reduce client software maintenance costs by using zero-administration, web-based
client. With web client, end users no longer need to install proprietary software,
licenses and individual HMI screens on each operator station. Files and licensing
are server-based for trouble-free maintenance and deployment.
Highly customizable Alarming subsystem
CSWorks alarming can be configured to scale out and to provide redundancy. Alarm
history can be saved in the database of your choice, giving you a notable degree
of flexibility to incorporate analysis tools of your choice. Operators work with
Alarm Summary panels that can be configured individually according to user preference.
When acknowledging an alarm, operators can enter a comment explaining the alarm
for inclusion as part of the permanent record.
CSWorks provides hassle-free server installation, small memory footprint, and transparent
server configuration that can be easily replicated for use on different server sites.
System administrators can use performance counters to track solution performance.
User access management
CSWorks-based solution can re-use an existing user access management infrastructure
that allows restricting access to specific screens on a per-user basis. Server-side
security checks prevent unauthenticated users from accessing the system, protecting
the solution from sophisticated hacker attacks.
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