Solutions for Energy Sector Use Case
Large-scale energy producers face enormous challenges while seeking sustainable solutions in the face of rising demand. Production facilities are under pressure to dramatically increase efficiency and reduce costs while maintaining current output, security, and safety standards. Meanwhile, many facilities are burdened with legacy, single-purpose automation systems, often nearing the end of their useful lives. The cost of updating these legacy systems is astronomical, while simply replacing them with more current versions will not deliver the efficiency gains or long-term OPEX reductions necessary to remain competitive. Finally, energy production facilities are in continuous operation, so they cannot be shut down to undergo a single, comprehensive upgrade.
Today’s connected technologies offer the opportunity to improve efficiency and cut costs, but they bring yet another challenge: security. The more connected systems become, the more vulnerable they are to external tampering. And even legacy hardware not directly connected to the Internet can be subject to attack.