News from the Protocol Standards Association.

13-Sep-2017 Making the WITS PSAC More Transparent

Making the workings of the PSAC more transparent

In late 2015, the membership of the WITS Protocol Standards Association (PSA) suggested that having more visibility of what the Protocol Standards Association Committee (PSAC) is doing would be good. In reply to this request, the Strategy Group of the PSAC did the following:

  • Determine what the strategy objectives of the PSA should be. What objectives should the PSA have to ensure continued adoption of the protocol […]
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29-Aug-2017 NI Water: WITS and The Telemetry Outstation Project

Northern Ireland Water

Telemetry Outstation Project

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 […]

21-Aug-2017 DNP User Group Issues DNP3 Security Notice

The DNP User Group have issued a security notice (SN2017-001)

The WITS-PSAC would like to draw members attention to a security notice that has been issued by the DNP User Group.

Last year there was a cyber-attack against the Ukraine Power Grid using malware named as CrashOverride (also named as Industroyer).  The attackers spent some time analysing the structure of the Ukrainian SCADA system and then inserted the malware which took over, amongst other items, the […]

21-Jul-2017 Grundfos CIU 531 Has Achieved WITS Self-Certified Status

We are pleased to announce that the Grundfos CIU 531 has achieved Self-Certified WITS DNP3 status.

The device has been tested by Grundfos to the WITS Test specification up to WITS Version 1.1.

The CIU 531 is a basic WITS-DNP3 supported IO device. It supports 3 Analog Input, 1 Analog Output, 4 Binary Input, 1 Binary Output and 1 Binary Counter.

For more details, please see the WITS Device Catalogue.

21-Jun-2017 WITS-IoT Presented at SCADA Australia 2017

SCADA Australia 2017 Conference Report

Jim Baker, the SCADA Acquisitions Manager for Water Corporation in Western Australia and a member of the WITS-PSA committee, was invited to give a presentation at the SCADA Australia 2017 conference in Melbourne (30th-31st May). He sent us this report:

“The SCADA Australia conference is held every year and is attended by many Australian vendors and utility representatives. What was interesting is that the vast majority of the attendees were from […]

09-Jun-2017 WITS Plugfest Report (May 2017)

Introduction

There came a point in the development of the WITS-DNP3 protocol, many years ago, when we had to migrate from writing documents about the protocol and thinking about how it would work, to building and testing real devices. To do this we used plugfests. For WITS and many other organisations, a plugfest is a chance to bring various bits of equipment together and test that the interfaces between them all work as expected. […]

06-Jun-2017 WITS Membership Fee Changes

Simplified WITS Membership Fee Structure

From the inception of the WITS Protocol Standards Association we have recognised the massive contributions made by our Founder Members, and have reflected that in our scale of membership fees. However the Committee has decided that we need to rationalise the fees in order to simplify our accounts and in addition attract new members to the PSA by removing the registration fee for new members.

Therefore  from 6th June 2017  the […]

17-May-2017 WITS-DNP3 Plugfest – Today

Xylem is kindly hosting the #WITSPlugfest event at their Nottingham, England offices.

26 attending engineers, 9 Field Device manufacturers and 2 Master-Station developers.

Lots of very detailed discussions, scanning logs, sharing of information and ideas but most importantly: Testing!  By the end of the day we will have improved the quality and reliability of the WITS-DNP3 protocol and learned a great deal about each other’s systems and products.

Plug-Fests are a great way to bring everyone together […]

04-May-2017 Cyber Security Briefing on 18th May

Cyber Security Meeting for OT/IoT: UK and US Experiences, May 18th 2017

As members of the WITS PSA you may wish to consider attending this briefing on Cyber Security for OT/IoT. The briefing is to be held in London on Thursday 18th May 2017. The briefing is hosted by Tech UK and includes speakers from the Department for Culture, Media and Support, the Department for Homeland Security, ARM and the IoT Security Foundation. For those with […]

27-Apr-2017 Forthcoming Plugfest

27-Apr-2017 The WITS Plugfest is approaching

The WITS PSA will be hosting the first WITS Plugfest for some time on Wednesday May 17th 2017. The Plugfest is an opportunity for Field Device vendors and Master Station vendors to meet and connect their respective systems to demonstrate that they work against the standard. Vendors have a chance to iron out any problems that exist in the standard or their software by working with other’s during the […]

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