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IT security for critical infrastructure with versiondog

Flood prevention and sewerage are highly mechanised and automated services that utilise the latest high-performance computerised controllers and IT networks. For a growing number of public water authorities, the versiondog data management system from AUVESY has significantly improved the process of keeping track of the associated data. Although the primary purpose of versiondog is usually to provide change and data management, it is also helping German water authorities fulfil the requirements of the country's IT Security Act 2015, especially with regard to ICS systems.

  • Auvesy
    AUVESY GmbH is a solid medium-sized enterprise based in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The software versiondog offers worldwide a secure solution for version control and data management in industrial automation. This leading version control software is the basis to heighten production efficiency by reducing errors and downtime; and monitor and control automation projects.
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  • When the Emschergenossenschaft was founded in 1899, it was the first German water association. A whole series of water associations modelled on it were to follow, including the Lippeverband in 1926. The two have worked in close cooperation from the very beginning and operate under a common organisational structure. Their areas of responsibilities have always included wastewater treatment and drainage management. New responsibilities have steadily been added, including additional districts and the upgrading and replacement of existing facilities. There is also the long-term project "Restoration of the River Emscher". Started in the 1990s and due to be completed in 2020, it includes laying new channels in order to return the river to its former level of cleanliness. Past mining in the region has resulted in collapsing mineshafts endangering a channel network. Part of the solution to this problem is to lay new underground channels. Along one notable section of the channel, between Dortmund and Dinslaken, the Fraunhofer Institute IFF of Magdeburg has collaborated in the development of an automated channel inspection system. A further notable achievement by the EGLV is the construction of detention basins that can be depended on to contain substantially more rainwater run-off than normal.

  • People do not tend think of sewerage services as being particularly high-tech, but that is far from the reality. The German partner water associations Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband (EGLV) operate 59 sewage treatment plants, 344 pumping stations and 411 drain and rainwater treatment facilities and detention basins. Most of them incorporate automated systems that are networked to allow remote monitoring and control. Since 2009, all control devices used in EGLV facilites are managed by versiondog. Currently, their total number of automated control device projects is around 3,500. Add to that the parameter data and settings of numerous frequency converters, pressure sensors and level sensors and that brings the total number of versiondog components in use at EGLV to around 5,000.

  • Backup, Facility Management, Water Flow Rate
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • Impact #1
    [Data Management - Data Security]
    IT Security for critical infrastructures is a must to fulfil the new IT-law from 2015 in Germany. Backups for automation devices have to be created to recover data, if nessecary.
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  • Benefit #1

    Due to the secure aging of automated devices a data management system has to archive data from 20years ago and 20 years to come. It improves the way, data can be managed and optimises maintenance time radically.

  • Water Utility Management
    Water utility management systems monitor and collect data on the infrastructure used to store and deliver water to improve the efficiency of water delivery to customers. Aging infrastructure means that the vast majority of the reticulation network that delivers water to customers have been invisible to the utility company. By placing IoT sensors on water utility infrastructure, the utility operator can collect data on the water flowing between the different points to detect leakages, shortages, quality levels, and consumption levels. Sensors can also assess the condition of infrastructure to enable preventative and predictive maintenance.
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