Atos’ New Cloud Solution Tailored For Energy Sector and Smart Cities

Atos Worldgrid launches a new cloud solution for industrial supervision.
Published: Tue 07 Oct 2014

Atos Worldgrid, a global leader in smart energy management, has announced a new industrial supervision solution.

The Cloud Industrial Supervision is an innovative hardware/software solution which is highly secure and provides industrial actors with fast, flexible roll-out, and lower cost, permanent or temporary, supervision models.

Solution for the energy industry and smart cities

Complementing traditional SCADAs based on central, statistically configured systems, Cloud Industrial Supervision provides an effective solution to industry actors such as energy and smart cities. The solution responds to these actors’ need for greater flexibility and agility, regardless of the size of the market or of the process.

Cloud Industrial Supervision is the first Plug and Play solution which simply requires ground devices to be connected to the electric and communication network. Cloud Industrial Supervision is therefore particularly tailored to industrial processes which are physically spread out, for which the maintenance and upgrade costs are considered an important factor. This solution, therefore, would be highly relevant for wind farms, oil fields, water resource management, and the management of an eco-neighbourhood in a smart city.

Steve Peguet, Atos France Innovation Director explains, “Cloud Industrial Supervision fills a gap in these domains and proposes a new and innovative industrial supervision model, based on cloud principles and authorising remote secure operations from any point of the network."

Partner of the project, Gaz Electricité de Grenoble is testing Cloud Industrial Supervision for the management of cogeneration plants, a technique which enables heat and electricity to be produced in a single process. The solution will be installed in different buildings in the eco-neighbourhood in Grenoble.

The dynamic manipulation of the Cloud Industrial Supervision services enables the frequency of on-site interventions to be reduced and for a single system to be offered to the various stakeholder companies, thereby rationalizing equipment and deployment costs.

Cloud Industrial Supervision differs from the traditional SCADA architecture by introducing the following two key elements:

1. A network of smart software nodes designed to be multi-platform with a range of equipment ranging from on-board ground equipment to a standard office service to mobile equipment.

2. An integrated, scalable software framework enabling dynamic configuration from anywhere in the network of supervision logic and data collection management and process instructions.

Solution is multi-user and multi-entity

Cloud Industrial Supervision enables a supervision strategy to be defined supported by a set of software nodes connected by smart middleware. It is therefore possible to define a supervision logic which is closer to the process and with very fine granularity, enabling optimised use of bandwidth. This granularity enables, among other things, individual permissions to be defined on each of the supervision elements (variables, algorithms) making Cloud Industrial Supervision a multi-user and multi-entity system, with data segregation providing maximum security to the system. The atomic manipulation of the supervision elements also makes immediate deployments and scaling of supervision possible while limiting risks of reversal on the existing software.

The software nodes can operate across a wide range of hardware including mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) but also on on-board style industrial ground equipment. Cloud Industrial Supervision therefore introduces mobility natively while offering each user, regardless of their connection point, the same quality of global hypervision as with a central system.

Finally, the solution offers a broad range of remote deployment features for the most constrained network topologies (complex routing, reduced bandwidth) and without a need for virtual private networks.

Cloud computing offers a number of benefits and will continue to gain popularity as businesses call for an increase in decentralized data, communication and resources to compete. Proper planning, in the form of resource management and communication, must take place if businesses, and the cloud services companies they turn to, are going to experience the budget and green business promises of the cloud, says William Clifford, CEO of Spencer Trask, a venture capital and private equity investment firm.