Honeywell: Safety, security a ‘megatrend’

Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 06:06 PM gHale

By Gregory Hale
Manufacturers lose over $20 billion each year alone in safety incidents.
That is why in the eyes of Honeywell Process Solutions, safety and security is one of the top four “megatrends” this year and will be in the years to come, said Norm Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell Process Solutions during today’s keynote address at the Honeywell User Group 2010 meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
“Just look at the Gulf of Mexico and you can see how safety remains an important area,” Gilsdorf said. “Last year was a tough year for all of us. We remain committed that technologies that provide more things like safety can help your business move forward.”
The $20 billion figure Gilsdorf gave was just for safety, when you add losses from security you are talking a boatload of losses for manufacturers. That is why they need to take a more proactive approach to figuring out how to keep a system safe and secure.
Those huge amounts of lost revenues were avoidable, Gilsdorf said. “Of all those losses, most of the companies showed signs there were safety issues before hand,” Gilsdorf said.
When it comes to security, open does not mean easy by any stretch of the imagination.
“Everybody as benefitted from open systems,” said Harsh Chitale, vice president general manager of Americas for Honeywell Process Solutions, “but there are very different requirements when it comes to security.”
One of those requirements is to stay on top of the system through a services program. “We have guidelines on what you have to do to keep your system running at its best,” Chitale said.
It is one thing to talk about safety and security, but it is quite another to bring it down to the product level and that is what Jason Urso, vice president of technology at Honeywell Process Solutions. He talked about Honeywell’s layered approach to safety and security, including intrusion detection, access control, digital video and radar surveillance.

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