How industry 4.0 raises resilience in pandemics

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Digitizing machine, process and device data facilitates remote operation

of an industrial plant

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The digitization of a large part of the equipment has promoted a real revolution in the industrial automation scenario in recent years. What has not changed in this period, however, is the fact that each stop in the production of the manufacturing industry or in the provision of public utility services causes enormous losses, both for companies and for the whole society, which loses its productive force and consumption power. How can we do so in the case of the need to reduce the circulation of people in order to contain the speed of transmission of a virus, as is the case at the present time due to COVID-19? The challenge is not to stop work for good, to guarantee production and supply and to minimize the economic impact.

In the industrial sector, the answer lies in the Internet of Things (IoT), which is already a reality and can enable the operation of automation plants. The IoT allows you to connect general information from devices to the internet. Marcelo Branquinho, CEO of TI Safe, explains that, currently, supervision and control systems (SCADA), PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), RTUs (Remote Terminal Uniets), IEDs (Intelligent Electronic Devices), MONTH (Manufacturing Execution Systems), Historians and other equipment / systems used in industrial automation.

For example, in the operation of a synthetic rubber factory, explains Marcelo, the entire supervision and control part can be operated remotely, as well as in an energy company where the entire operation and control can also be done online. “In other words, the interconnection of data and systems allows us to form the ideal cyber ecosystem for the complete operation of an industrial plant”, explains Branquinho.

However, making an analogy with the current moment, the digitalization of industrial processes has also brought a great opening for contamination by viruses that can compromise the functioning of the equipment and cause a general collapse. The strategy is to consolidate the safe environment. “In the case of machines, only cybersecurity can provide remote communication without risk of contamination”, assures Branquinho. To help in this regard, TI Safe developed theTI Safe ICS.SecureRemoteAccess which offers a secure means of communication between the remote user and the operational control center with a double factor of authentication.

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