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AUTOSOL | The Alberta Water and Wastewater Operators Association (AWWOA) 43rd Annual Operators Seminar, March 12 – 16, 2018 in Banff, Canada

Meet up with AUTOSOL at the AWWOA’s 43rd Annual Operator’s Seminar, which provides technical sessions on water and wastewater industry issues and trends.

AUTOSOL can be found at the trade show from Monday, March 12 until Thursday, March 15.

The Operator Seminar is at Banff Park Lodge, 222 Lynx Street, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1K5.

CEU credits are available for attending the presentations. For more information, please visit https://awwoa.ca/events/seminar-overview.

AUTOSOL | CCAMS Hydrocarbon Measurement School Feb 20-21, 2018 in Corpus Christi, Texas         

Come see AUTOSOL at the Corpus Christi Area Measurement Society’s Hydrocarbon Measurement School.

This year’s school consists of more than 60 lecture and hands-on classes with over 70 hours of instruction dealing specifically with natural gas, refined products, crude oil measurement and product quality testing. Class topics include subjects such as fundamental measurement and quality principles, with some touching on how these topics relate specifically in the Eagle Ford Shale region.

AUTOSOL will be exhibiting on Tuesday Feb. 20 through Wednesday Feb. 21 in booth 73.

You can attend classes and the exhibits at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, 900 North Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401. For additional details visit http://www.ccams.info.

AUTOSOL | ABB Upstream Measurement & Automation Conference Feb 13-15, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Connect with AUTOSOL at the ABB Upstream Measurement & Automation Conference (MAC). The event features more than 20 sessions taught by ABB’s measurement and automation experts. These sessions focus on several key areas:

  • measurement
  • automation
  • analyzers
  • liquids
  • and more!

The training and conference is held at Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center, 6808 S 107th East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133.

For more details, visit http://new.abb.com/products/measurement-products/upstream-oil-and-gas/upstreamevents/MAC.

Do you know how your signals are routed?

An AUTOSOL client called to discuss error issues in the diagnostic logger they saw in Autosol Communication Manager® (ACM). They also felt the communication polls from their server were unusually slow.

AUTOSOL support staff went to work investigating the issue. Thanks to an IP traceroute process, our product specialist was able to quickly discover an anomaly. Turns out, AUTOSOL saw that the signal was being routed from the pipeline field in North America, then mistakenly routed 5,000 miles to the European country of Hungary, and then relayed all the way back to the client’s SCADA control room in North America.

The client was not fully aware of how their signals were being routed. Since their pipeline communications service provider was using a cellular modem, their sensitive data was being transmitted across the internet without their awareness. The client thought their crucial data was safe but it was actually being exposed on the internet.

The problem with pipeline communication management:

Different sections of a pipe utilize a variety of service companies for communication. When a pipe starts on one side of the country and ends on another, various service providers will be contracted along its length to manage all the communications for the pipe. For some areas of pipe, the communications equipment may be using an internet service provider. For others, it could be a cellular company. The pipeline owner cannot control what the actions of these service company employees. Nor are they always aware of what mistakes might have been made with their communications setup.

With more than 30 years in business, AUTOSOL has seen the security of SCADA systems become more and more imperative. When SCADA systems were first developed, internet hacking was not the issue it has become today. The software engineers at AUTOSOL have developed a solution for this problem that encodes data from the field devices, all the way through transmission to the HMI network at headquarters.

The CryptoMod® is an endpoint encryption device that fits easily into a pipeline enclosure. By encrypting at the start of transmission, a wayward signal like the one described above, would still be encrypted along the entire path. Data, surveillance information, control features and utility metering records can be exchanged securely. The CryptoMod keeps sensitive data safe, and hackers frustrated.

CryptoMod is FIPS 140-2 Security Level 2 compliant, so you can count on your valuable information staying safe.

To improve remote data communication’s cybersecurity for your SCADA system, reach out to the encryption experts at AUTOSOL today.