Process Knowledge Becomes Aware

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 @ 05:03 PM gHale

In an effort to capture as much information walking out the door with the retiring Baby Boomers, start up company Aware Technology will deliver an automated learning solution that builds knowledge of the process that can deliver operational confidence metrics and anomaly detection.

Aware Technology’s product, formed from NASA R&D, is the Process Data Monitor (PDM) and it will integrate with all existing HMI/SCADA, DCS and Historian solutions through native interfaces and industry standards such as OPC.

PDM will also integrate directly with automation components – sensors and controllers through a PDM Data Gateway. Gateway collected data will deliver to PDM running as an Enterprise Appliance, or to PDM running as a hosted “Private Cloud” application.

While the company is new, the technology is not.

“This is not a grass roots startup,” said Peter Millett, chairman and chief technology officer of Aware Technology. “iSagacity, a services company I co-founded in 2004, initially pioneered this technology in 2006, licensing and improving upon NASA’s Patents and offering it to our customers in the Nuclear Industry as a service. We’ve formed Aware Technology to improve the product and deliver it to the masses …”

“This product represents the natural next evolution of virtually all automation systems,” said Roy Kok, president of Aware Technology. “It is widely known that 50% of automation engineers and operators are likely to retire over the next 5 to 10 years. This is a major loss of experience for the industry as a whole and the focus will be on capturing experience into a database, to offer guidance to new personnel, and give operators and engineers the tools to be proactive in process management rather than reactive to process alarms and failures. Other solutions focus on advanced process control through complicated modeling processes and can’t deliver confidence metrics.”

Target markets initially include process and hybrid applications. Examples include: oil and gas production and refining, power generation and distribution, water purification, wastewater treatment, chemical manufacturing, metals manufacturing, mining, and building automation.

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