03-Jun-2019 A report on the WITS PlugFest of May 2019

Introduction

On Tuesday 14th May 2019 at Lingley Mere Business Park near Warrington, WITS held another WITS Protocol plugfest. The event was kindly hosted by Jim Blower of United Utilities. This plugfest followed the October 2018 plugfest which was hosted by Russ Wheedon of Thames Water; you can read more on that plugfest here. In a similar fashion to the October meeting, a WITS User Meeting was planned for Wednesday 15th May, […]

25-Apr-2019 WITS Forum Replacement

A change to WITS members’ interactions

The WITS forum is being retired in favour of using Slack

During the rollout and continued maintenance of the WITS-DNP3 protocol, the WITS-PSA introduced a forum to WITS. The forum is a website which allows members to post and read messages, also providing email notifications when new messages are posted.

The forum was heavily used by the WITS technical teams for the review and update of the Technical Bulletins which drove […]

03-Mar-2019 When WITS is not WITS

WITS is not WITS?

When the original development of the WITS-DNP3 protocol was underway, some thought went into the selection of the WITS abbreviation so that we would not clash with other uses, which might be in the same area. In those days WITS stood for Water Industry Telemetry Standards, as the development of that early protocol was led by the UK Water Industry. Since then we have seen increased interest from […]

16-Oct-2018 WITS-IoT Protocol published at version 1.0

Executive Summary

WITS-IoT is a new protocol from the WITS PSA (Protocol Standards Association). WITS-IoT is aimed at lower power, less expensive devices and provides an application layer veneer on standard IoT technology. Although the application level functions provided by the protocol stem from its inception in the UK Water industry, it is broadly applicable to general telemetry within the entire Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). So, for example, the protocol functions include reading […]

11-Oct-2018 A report on the WITS Plugfest of October 2018

Introduction

On Tuesday 9th October 2018 at the Green Park Conference centre in Reading, WITS held another WITS-DNP3 Protocol plugfest. The event was kindly hosted by Russ Wheadon of Thames Water. This plugfest built on the success of the January 2018 plugfest which was hosted by Jerry Trowbridge of Northumbrian Water; you can read more on that plugfest here. In a similar way to the January meeting, a WITS User Meeting was […]

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28-Sep-2018 SCADA World Summit: WITS Presented

The 8th SCADA World Summit 2018, London, May 7-10

The SCADA World Summit series of conferences are held in different parts of the world. Jim Baker, a WITS Governance Committee member and member of the DNP3 Technical Committee, was invited to present at the 2018 conference in London.

Jim’s presentation comprised two parts: the first part was a workshop on the development of the WITS protocol culminating in the WITS-IoT project. This was received well […]

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29-Jun-2018 October Plugfest (“OctoberFest”) Date Announcement

October 2018 Plugfest Date Announcement

Following the successful WITS Plugfest in January 2018 (see the article on the WITS website ), I would like to invite you to the next WITS Plugfest hosted by Thames Water in Reading on Tuesday 9th October 2018.

The plugfest in January was the first time we opened the event to both WITS vendors and WITS users, this was successful and will be repeated again this October. To facilitate this, the plugfest […]

18-Jun-2018 NIW WITS Telemetry Outstation Rollout

NI Water Telemetry provides monitoring (and in some cases control) of approximately 4,500 clean and wastewater assets. Telemetry not only provides alarm annunciation, local monitoring and control but also provides regulatory and operational data. There is a reliance on accurate and timely data being provided for business, operational purposes and for the security of customer water and wastewater facilities.

At each asset, signals are marshalled into a local Telemetry outstation e.g. pump status, valve status, […]

14-Jun-2018 WITS-DNP3 V3.0 Master Station Timescales

Version 3.0 of WITS-DNP3 was released sometime ago. However, up till this point, neither Master Station supported that later version. At the last WITS Strategy Meeting in May 2018 at NIW in Belfast, both Master Station manufacturers were asked to come prepared to discuss their rollout plans and when WITS-DNP3 version 3.0 may feature in those plans.

We are pleased to announce that both Master Station manufacturers have WITS 3.0 on their development horizons. At […]

25-Apr-2018 Website updated to assist members

We have made some small adjustments to our website which we thought you should be informed of. Those adjustments are:

  • On the panel on the right of the website front page we have added a list of upcoming meetings. This will be kept up to date so that the meetings that are taking place can easily be seen by members. We are keen for members to be involved in these meetings should they wish […]