October 2013, Vol. 240 No. 10


Five Key Challenges In The Oil And Gas Industrial Control System

An Industrial Control System (ICS) is comprised of many disparate components, including hardware and software technologies, the system infrastructure–from the communications network to the physical plant–the human element for tasks that require manual intervention, and the environment. To realize operational excellence, organizations must monitor and manage all aspects of the control system, turning data into usable business intelligence. To accomplish this, all of the components that comprise the control system must seamlessly interoperate with one another as if provided by a single vendor. The system must be both reliable and able to withstand the elements that ca

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