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Vertiv Ranks Most Critical Industries

Vertiv Ranks Most Critical Industries in the World
Utilities, mass transit, telecom rank high, cloud and colocation fifth and rising

Utilities, including electricity, gas, nuclear power and water treatment, are the most critical industries in the world according to a new ranking from Vertiv, formerly Emerson Network Power. Vertiv convened a panel of global critical infrastructure experts to systematically quantify and rank the criticality of multiple industries based on 15 criteria. Mass transit—specifically rail and air transportation—ranked second on the list, followed by telecommunications, upstream oil and gas activity and cloud and colocation. The full list is available in a new report, Ranking the World’s Most Critical Industries, released today and available at www.VertivCo.com/MostCritical.

The panel set criteria encompassing the range of potential impacts from the loss of availability of critical systems and weighted them based on the severity of the impact. These criteria then were used to create a criticality rubric that the panel used to score the industries, which then were ranked by their average scores.

“If there is a common theme at the top of this list, it is the interconnectedness of these industries,” said Jack Pouchet, vice president, market development, Vertiv. “These sectors are important to the foundation of today’s society, and downtime in any of these areas can reverberate across industries and around the globe. This will only continue as our world becomes more mobile and more connected and as the Internet of Things expands.”

Clean power and water are fundamental needs in a developed society and underpin most other industries and services, making utilities a clear choice as the most critical industry. Mass transit ranked second, with panellists citing not just the safety of travellers, but the massive impact delays and disruptions can have across multiple businesses, markets and the world. The No. 3 ranking for telecommunications reflects the importance of communications and connectivity in personal and business activities and emergency situations.

Financial services topped the list of industries ranking highest in terms of financial impact of unplanned downtime. E-commerce was second, followed by cloud and colocation. Cloud and colocation also ranked fifth overall in the list of most critical industries due to the increased dependence on those platforms across multiple businesses. The panel also identified cloud and colocation as one of several rapidly emerging industries that are becoming increasingly critical.

“Cloud and colocation are becoming more and more critical as an increasing number of devices and businesses rely on these platforms to perform,” said panellist Emiliano Cevenini, vice president of power sales and business development for Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We’re expecting this trend to continue for the foreseeable future as the IoT networks that serve industries and smart cities are opting to use the cloud as the go-to platform to underlie their technology.”

The full list of critical industries as well as the analysis of specific categories, emerging industries and the ranking methodology are available in the report, Ranking the World’s Most Critical Industries. To see how other industries rank, use the Criticality Calculator. For more information on technologies and solutions to ensure network availability and additional content from Vertiv, visit http://www.VertivCo.com/MostCritical.

New Honeywell SCADA in the Cloud

HONEYWELL INTRODUCES REAL-TIME SCADA
AS A SECURE AND SCALABLE SERVICE

Experion Elevate provides a cloud-based solution that minimizes hardware, software and
maintenance requirements

In a recognition of the inescapable march of software and supervisory control strategies to the Cloud, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) today announced the launch of Experion Elevate, a real-time process supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solution delivered as a secure and scalable service.

Experion Elevate allows for predictable costs, easy upgrades, and continual support. It is a member of Honeywell’s suite of cloud-enabled solutions for operations technology and information technology (OT/IT). HPS made the announcement at its annual Honeywell Users Group symposium.

The clear advantage to customers is easy upgrades and the ability to show the expense of Experion Elevate as OPEX.
The advantage to Honeywell is easy migration, upgrade, and a steady monthly paycheck instead of project work. With the SCADA software running in Honeywell’s cloud, Honeywell helps to bind customers to them.
“By choosing Experion Elevate, process industry companies can take their performance to a new level with visibility of field assets from a central monitoring site and/or mobile locations,” said John Rudolph, vice president and general manager, HPS Projects and Automation Solutions. “They can be sure their SCADA implementation will be robust, reliable and secure because their system is running on ours. Users can depend on Honeywell’s experience and vision for any size solution.”
Experion SCADA is at the heart of Honeywell’s Experion systems and provides a highly scalable, integrated multi-service system with a superior human-machine interface (HMI). The use of Honeywell’s Distributed System Architecture (DSA) allows multiple SCADA servers to operate as one within a single asset or across the enterprise and enables seamless global access to points, alarms, interactive operator control messages and history.

With Experion Elevate, Honeywell is uniquely positioned to provide any combination of SCADA solutions, offering end users more options than when choosing a service-only vendor. This approach brings business agility and increased efficiency from implementation through ongoing lifecycle operations. Customers can take advantage of the latest software with less on-site support and maintenance skills required. They also benefit from a lower cost of entry with the potential for reduced CAPEX, rapid project deployment, and lower lifecycle costs.
Having Honeywell host the SCADA application, and its associated data, in the Honeywell Cloud is also good for the customers from a cybersecurity vantage. Honeywell is now responsible to keep the application and data safe from cyber attack or intrusion. This means that the end user’s cybersecurity expense is much less.
To learn more about Honeywell’s Experion Elevate, visit http://www.honeywellprocess.com/elevate.