Kepware Technologies, a leading provider of Communications for Automation, has announced the release of Water Industry Telemetry Standard (WITS) support, within the company’s DNP3 Drivers, which are already supported within the KEPServerEX OPC Server.
As an additional feature set, Kepware has added WITS support to its robust set of DNP3 Ethernet and Serial communication drivers. Built upon the DNP3 functionality, the WITS drivers will provide added security through authentication and additional data sets specific to the water industry, as well as the ability to manage distributed device assets and their attributes.
With an ever growing need to improve efficiencies within the control systems of the Water Industry, Kepware predicts that the WITS specification will be a valuable additionto its extensive range of protocols drivers.
Increased environmental concerns, legislation and higher business demands are putting pressure on the Water Industry to update many of its outdated, bespoke control systems and move forward towards an IP-based, open-platform future. Open-standard strategy will bring increased flexibility, compatibility and expandability, therefore reducing operating costs and improving the bottom line.
Much like the OPC standard, WITS looks to standardise device communications across the Water Industry. “A goal of the OPC Foundation was to reduce the number of made-to-order applications and give the end user choice of best-in-class options across all aspects of the control system, “WITS is doing the same, thus creating a more open and competitive market.”Dave Hammond of M.A.C Solutions, the UK distributor for Kepware solutions.
KEPServerEX is the most widely used communication solution for automation and already delivers a powerful set of DNP3 communication drivers, upon which WITS is built. “Kepware is always looking for ways to bring best in class interoperability to market,”, “With the water industry standardising on WITS DNP, we recognised that we needed to enhance our existing DNP offering to allow our customers to implement the next generation of infrastructures.” Tony Paine, President and CTO of Kepware Technologies.
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