Citect have equipped the latest edition of CitectSCADA, V7.10 with Windows Integrated Security and support for Microsoft Windows Vista.
Windows security integration allows for easier maintenance of CitectSCADA. Users need not create and maintain user accounts within the SCADA system. Users of the SCADA system can use their network username and password to access the CitectSCADA system.
Stephen Flannigan, Global Director, CitectSCADA explains in detail. Windows Integrated Security means that once an employee is added to, or removed from the network, they are also automatically added or removed from the SCADA system.
The Dual Signature functionality provides a second level of authorisation for actions. Some operations may have regulatory, environmental or other consequences, and processes dictate that a second level of authorisation is required before the action proceeds. A typical scenario where Dual Signatures can be used is when an operator needs to change a critical set point for an operation, but before the change is sent to the controller, the supervisor also has to enter the user name and password to confirm the action.
According to Craig Resnick, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group, a key demand for manufacturers is, for their solution providers, to bring the benefits of standardisation to security.
The standardisation of security solutions can control costs, accelerate security programs and provide a framework for satisfying increasing regulation and compliance requirements.
CitectSCADA V7.10, which leverage standardisation through Windows Integrated Security, has provided manufacturers with an economic benefit in terms of increased system availability by reducing security risks that can result in unscheduled downtime, equipment unavailability, disruption of processes, or even the destruction of plant equipment.
CitectSCADA V7.10 has introduced other features including new symbols, Microsoft Excel 2007 integration and graphics enhancements that make the package easier to configure, operate and maintain.
- Additional symbols help users to reduce configuration and maintenance time, and also avoid creation of custom symbols to represent parts of a plant
- The improved integration with Microsoft Excel 2007 allows users to make bulk configuration changes easily
- The ability to change the properties of text such as font, size and style on buttons makes the CitectSCADA V7.10 interface more user-friendly. The graphics pages look better on different resolution monitors with enhanced text display. The enhanced custom alarm fields within CitectSCADA V7.10 provide guidance on actions to be taken as a result of an alarm, disable or temporarily shelve alarms for maintenance and improve the filtering capability.