Industrial Ethernet whitepapers
Articles, White Papers, and Application Notes
Implement for Today, Design for Tomorrow: How NERC CIP and Security Issues Impact Substation Design and Deployment
One of the critical components for designing a future-proof substation network infrastructure is a solid integration strategy for network components that supports international security initiatives. The paper discusses how to integrate the aforementioned key elements that should be included in an effective substation design plan. Click to Read Paper
Combining Cyber & Physical Security (Featured in Control Engineering)
Recently, GarrettCom President Frank Madren wrote an article "Combining Cyber and Physical Security" that has been published in the April issue of "Control Engineering" magazine. The paper discusses and illustrates how security technologies, both cyber security and physical security using IP networks, are spreading into broad use in industrial facilities. Click to Read Paper
IEEE PES Paper: Power System Protection
The paper Strategies for Protection and Control Standardization and Integrated Data Management Applications looks at the breakthroughs in power system protection and control technology support and the experiences of a major power company in managing through this true paradigm shift. The paper further narrows the focus to the impact of these changes on substation networks, data management, technology risk management, and cyber security. Click to Continue
NERC CIP Compliance at Cinergy
The article NERC CIP Compliance at Cinergy focuses on the three NERC CIP sections that impact electronic security: CIP 002 listing of critical asset sites and systems; CIP 005 definition of electronic security perimeter and all access points to the perimeter; CIP 007 broad range of security topics including account management, log review, and disposal of assets. Click to Continue
Substation Networking with Non-Routable Protocols (Technical Brief)
In the technical brief: Substation Networking with Non-Routable Protocols: A Practical Alternative for NERC CIP Compliance, GarrettCom discusses how its networking products can provide important options for utilities that are addressing NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards (CIP). The Technical Brief discusses how analogue lines can be used to communicate with Critical Cyber Assets, and shows how careful applications of substation routers using non-routable protocols can deliver cost-effective “analogue” communications that can defer full implementations of CIP security standards in selected situations. The same approach involves investments in substation networking products that can be used later when a full-CIP-compliant IP-based integrated substation network is implemented. Click to Continue
Serial Network Security with Device Routers
Providing cyber security for legacy serial networks can be simpler using GarrettCom's family and DX Routers/Device Servers. These devices bridge the gap between Ethernet and serial protocols while providing protection. GarrettCom Director of Application Engineering, Howard Linton explains. Click to Continue
Planning for the Successful Integration of Substation Communications
On October 30, 2007, GarrettCom EVP John Shaw presented this paper at India's CPRI National Conference on Distribution Automation. The paper outlines many of the requirements of an integrated substation network and the tools available to plan and implement a successful integrated network. Click to Continue
Going Deep: IP Systems Offer Physical and Cyber Security to Water Supply
In the September 2007 issue of Security Products, the featured article by Frank Madren discusses how and why Ethernet and IP protocols should serve as the basis in building a physical and cyber security system for water utilities.
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NERC/CIP Compliance: Headache or Opportunity?
In the July, 2007 issue of Utility Automation, the featured article by John Shaw discusses the challenges of cyber security compliance for power utilities. Government mandates are forcing significant security-related changes in network infrastructure. These mandates can be looked at as intrusive requirements that force unwanted investment in security-specific technologies, or as an opportunity to upgrade infrastructure that creates much broader improvement and benefits.
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Integrated Substation Architectures
At the PowerGrid Europe 2007 Conference, GarrettCom's International Business Development Director, Ted Witham presented a technical paper titled "Integrated Substation Network Architectures." The paper addresses key principles of success in upgrade planning, put forth the elements of a strategic substation architecture, and is rich with information on IEC 61850. The paper closed with a look to the future of substation architectures. Paper Presentation
Evolving Your Substation Architecture
This GarrettCom EVP John Shaw examines the issues and challenges substation network planners face when evolving their substation architectures. Planners are challenged to integrate SCADA system connections, remote engineering access and other network requirements for substations. Furthermore, these planners must do it now with minimal cost and make sure the solution will evolve gracefully for many years across emerging requirements for scale, technology, security, performance and manageability. Read article.
In another recently published article titled "Substation Networks that Promote Automation", John Shaw discusses the development of substation networks that invite rather than inhibit growth in automation. Read article.
Integrating Multiple Buses
GarrettCom's Jim Hammond and Larry Castelli recently published an article describing how to integrate industrial networks and connect proprietary fieldbus systems with Ethernet technology. Read the InTech magazine article.
The Pros of Conformal Coating
This paper focuses on choosing the right coating to preserve and protect electronics in harsh environments. Corrosive gases and chemicals play havoc with components that control and manage processes, or transport vital data between control centres and remote sites. What is required is a protective coating that can isolate the components from the harsh reality of industrial settings.
Ethernet Switch Reliability: Temperature vs. Moving Parts
The summary of the White Paper is “Common wisdom says that free convection cooling (via heat sinks and other passive means) is the obvious choice for networking equipment in an industrial setting." GarrettCom, a manufacturer of both free convection and forced convection (via fans), examines this viewpoint via MTBF testing at different temperatures.
Secure Industrial Control Utilizing High Speed Ethernet Networks & Web Management
Recently, GarrettCom V.P. Peter Wood gave a speech on industrial networking security at the 2005 ISA Show for Automation + Control. The speech explored the state of Ethernet network security options today, and offered a roadmap for industrial operations to plan for and deploy secure network systems.
Read the paper the speech was based on