The Modbus/TCP method of data transportation works with the Autosol Communication Manager (ACM) to deliver companies their most valuable data from the field, helping to manage ICS and SCADA systems. The Modbus/TCP delivers users information such as flow measurements from pipelines using its method of encapsulating data across an Ethernet network, instead of a physical medium. The information that is transferred can include vital data such as readings of natural gas or oil. That data is then handed to analysts for examination.
ACM and the Modbus/TCP Method
When paired with ACM, the Modbus/TCP method aims to collect and deliver data to your most vital SCADA systems both reliably and securely. This pairing will deliver control rooms data securely organized and will alleviate concerns that may arise regarding security, maintenance and production for upstream, midstream and downstream markets. Modbus/TCP “is actually a set of layered protocols, providing a reliable data transport mechanism between machines. Ethernet has become the de facto standard of corporate enterprise systems, so it comes as no surprise that it has also become the de facto standard for factory networking,” according to The Modbus Organization. Ethernet “has matured to the point that the cost of implementing this network solution has been dropping to where its cost is commensurate with those of today’s field-buses.”
Maintaining and upgrading SCADA systems for less money
AUTOSOL has spent more than 30 years in the oil and gas communication field, and has developed numerous custom drivers to support native protocols on a variety of field devices. This work allows companies to continue to use older legacy devices while continuing to upgrade and maintain their SCADA systems. Because ACM can speak with a variety of devices, companies are not constrained by having to settle for using just one brand of monitoring equipment. This flexibility expands company’s options who are looking to upgrade their SCADA control systems.
AUTOSOL takes security very seriously, as ACM is FIPS 140-2 Level 1 validated using SSL encryption.