July 06, 2022
Plant Portal, from SolutionsPT, is a unique solution to a common problem for UK industrial companies looking to leverage digital transformation technologies.
The solution, which consolidates hardware and software from the SolutionsPT portfolio into a single purchase order, reduces the complexity, cost and time required to connect OT environments to cloud-based software, allowing data to be accessed and analyzed in real time, from anywhere, via a simple web interface.
Plant Portal can be customized to meet the needs of a variety of applications and assembled on site by trained personnel or a trusted systems integrator. With two bundled options, Plant Portal Solo (which is ideal for connecting remote assets) and Plant Portal Connect (which can bridge the IT and OT gap of an air-gap security approach), the SolutionsPT offering makes the company’s commitment to helping create an era where every business successfully harnesses the possibilities of digital technology.
Boasting an encrypted outbound connection to the cloud via a 4G router or corporate network, Plant Portal Solo facilitates the transfer of data from disparate and remote assets to the cloud, opening the door to the benefits of cloud-based operations control. data and management to all.
Kyle Lion, Presales Engineer, SolutionsPT, said, “Manufacturing, critical infrastructure, renewable energy, or any industrial environment that sees stranded assets cannot achieve the operational excellence needed to stay competitive without connecting data to stakeholders.
“To move away from reactive maintenance and enable a predictive and preventative approach, operators and managers need real-time asset data, but will often struggle in rural areas or remote factories without a strong internet connection. .
“Plant Portal completely changes that picture by delivering simple and secure cloud connectivity in a box and bringing the latest and most powerful AVEVA Suite software to unlock trapped data for operators and managers worldwide.”
Any number of variables in old and new plants can impact an asset’s ability to connect to the grid; from legacy assets without modern IoT sensors to multiple assets from different OEMs creating incompatible protocols. These issues become more complex when considering critical infrastructure, an industry that often sees multiple high-cost assets remain in operation, often in remote locations, creating even more hurdles to overcome.
“Connecting blocked assets to the network will also raise cybersecurity concerns, and rightly so. Businesses must remain on constant alert to the ever-evolving threat.
“Plant Portal represents the culmination of digital transformation and specific cybersecurity expertise with world-class solutions that will enable every industrial enterprise to successfully harness the benefits of visibility and analytics at scale. of the company. Plant Portal removes the complexity of cloud computing while overcoming all of the environmental and time investment challenges of stranded assets without the risk of cyber attack,” adds Lion.
Plant Portal Solo connects remote and blocked assets that are often not connected to the network or the Internet due to the complexity of the IT operation required to set up a multi-tier network. The Solo offering is a set of configuration solutions that supports a “plug and play” approach with built-in industrial-grade security and over 250 communication drivers, removing the risk and time investment required to connect devices. remote assets using traditional computing methods.
Plant Portal Connect securely bridges the IT and OT (air-gapping) divide that many industrial companies have put in place to reduce cybersecurity risks. Importantly, and without a substantial investment of time and money, isolated OT automation networks can be connected to enterprise-level IT with the simple addition of the Plant Portal Connect solution, providing immediate connectivity and security. and allowing a single digital thread from the factory. ground to enterprise and cloud.
Cloud computing is a well-established fact of digital transformation. To overcome the valid barrier to securely connect OT environments with SolutionsPT’s Plant Portal, visit the landing page and watch the webinar to see how this can be achieved for every industrial company, or come see the solution in person at the recently updated demo center in Cheadle.