Distributed Secure Intelligence in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
This multi-year project involved the development of distributed intelligent components and equipment for water and wastewater treatment plants based on the SmartGrid concept. The goal of the project was to address the security requirements for protecting human health and Canadian infrastructure. The R&D project included:
- Plant Security and Remote Communication – developing a special device to guarantee secure remote access to a treatment plant while defending against Intranet intruders. The project resulted in development of a device called SecureWall™.
- Communication Protocol – developing communication protocols for transmitting standardized process images of PLCs and SCADA systems, ensuring complete interoperability. The project resulted in an open standard communication protocol – OSAUT – Osorno Automation Protocol, registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).
- Intelligent Filter Head – developing an electronically controlled filter head with a web browser capable of communicating with PLC or SCADA via Ethernet TCP protocol. The project resulted in a fully electronically controlled Intelligent Filter Head.
- Intelligent sensors and actuators – developing sensors that transmit data not via current loop, but digitally via Ethernet TCP protocol. The project resulted in a combined pH/ORP/T sensor that transmits measured values digitally, with its own web browser to show measured values in different scales. The system also allows the sensors to be calibrated remotely.
- Intelligent Disinfection Systems – developing a multi-functional chlorine dioxide generator with enhanced chemical yield, SCADA touch screen, and a remote communication ability with different access levels. The project resulted in a new line of generators for different capacities.
This project was partially funded by the National Research Council of Canada – IRAP.