Category: Critical Infrastructure

Fourth Generation SCADA

Fourth Generation SCADA Systems: Modernizing Remote Industrial Monitoring

Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have been around for over 40 years now and have allowed a plethora of industries to enhance and improve their management, monitoring, and control processes with the help of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Industrial PC’s (IPC’s). Modern SCADA systems are currently being transformed by the advent of […]

Real-time Video Surveillance and Tracking Ensure Safety for School Bus and Students

Background With advancements in technology, the role of school buses has become more and more comprehensive, from merely transporting children to security incorporated vehicles. In fact, location-based tracking, attendance assurance and real-time video surveillance of both interior and exterior of the vehicle are among the most discussed requirements for school bus safety, due to risks […]

Enabling Multi-Network Mobile Connectivity for Mission Critical Vehicles

  Background Mission critical workforces and vehicles in fields of law enforcement, fire fighters, ambulance, public transit and rescue teams are often working in remotely hazardous areas where network signals might be poor. However, they have become highly dependent on wireless networks in order to perform their works right. For instance, ambulance staff needs wireless […]

Industrial Control Systems Vulnerabilities

5 Common Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems

The use of industrial control systems (ICS) stretches across a wide range of critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, manufacturing, transport, water, waste and healthcare. ICS traditionally were isolated systems to control and manage industrial assets, machinery and systems, however, that is changing, as we enter the age of fourth industrial revolution. Now as the information […]

Intelligent Transportation Systems1

Intelligent Transportation Systems and the Sustainable Future Of Transport

With the rise of such technologies as the Internet of Things and intelligent transportation systems comes the inevitable question of how will they fit into our ever-changing world? The huge leaps in technological innovation we’ve made have thrown up more and more data about the way we live and work and increasingly this data indicates, […]

Ensuring IT/OT Network Security in Critical Infrastructure

Background After a series of high-profile cyber security incidents on critical infrastructures, governments and enterprises of such facilities have taken malwares seriously into considerations. Apparently, the malwares or ransomware over the past couple years, such as Stuxnet, WannaCry and Crash Override, have publically exposed the vulnerability of SCADA Networks or Industrial Control Systems in today’s […]

Delivering In-train Infotainment with Onboard Passenger Information System

  Background Passengers on-the-go always demand real-time schedule updates and infotainment, and this has driven the widespread deployments of in-train/in-bus PIS (Passenger Information System). The automated PIS delivers audio-visual information such as updated arrival and departure times, potential delays, alternative plans, local weather, news and some entertainment and advertising. Meanwhile, the system must be constantly […]

Deploying Building Automation Gateways for Energy Monitoring and Access Control

Background Most of the modern multi-story green buildings come with BAS (building automation system) for smart control of air circulation, water conservation and building climates. That is the reason why BAS-empowered buildings are sometimes referred to “smart buildings”. The BAS is a distributed control system based on computer networking to integrate monitoring and control subsystems, […]

Securing Cash-In-Transit with Access Control, Remote Tracking and Video Monitoring

Background Cash-in-transit vans are frequently exposed to high risks of hijacking, heist and violent attacks. In fact, there have been numerous cases that the vehicle is hijacked and results in the casualty of security guards. Since vehicle security and personnel safety are the primary concerns, modern technologies have been adopted to ensure the safety and […]

Enabling In-vehicle Control and Real-time Surveillance for Theme Park Shuttle Services

  Background Shuttle services in theme parks have been greatly impacted by the advancements in communication technologies. When passengers are boarding the shuttle buses or trams to different park areas or hotels, they want broadcasted entertainment and multimedia to have the ultimate customer experience. For theme parks to stay competitive, their shuttle services must be […]