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Automation Strategies: Expanding scope of automation events and alerts

Detecting, reporting and responding to abnormal situations or events are important functional elements of a complete process automation strategy.

Cosman, E. C., ARC Advisory Group

Detecting, reporting and responding to abnormal situations or events are important functional elements of a complete process automation strategy. Traditional control systems present this information in the form of alarms directed to the operations staff on the control system console. In abnormal situations, the volume of these alarms can present a significant challenge. Process-related alarms are only one type of alert typically presented to the operations staff. For example, the growing importance of industrial control systems (ICS) cybersecurity means that security-related events must also be captured and managed. The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards on industrial automation and control

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