ISS Group contests CygNet’s SCADA/GIS ‘first’ claim

ISS’ BabelFish puts SCADA data on a map—as do Iconics’ Geo Productivity portals.

ISS Group MD Shane Attwell took issue with our report on CygNet’s claim to be first in the field with a GIS/SCADA offering (OITJ April 09). Attwell points out that ISS’ BabelFish Aspect ‘goes a lot further than simply putting real-time SCADA information on a map.’ Aspect extends ISS’ BabelFish framework tool to integrate GIS with SCADA, relational and other data types like work orders, well logs and schematics. Users can drag and drop real-time data sources onto a map to create a spatially referenced ‘real-time layer.’ A similar process allows objects such as logs and drawings to be dropped onto a map and spatially referenced for re-use. Actually, we knew this, having reported on Santos’ use of BabelFish spatialization in our June 2008 edition!

In the same vein, we learn from Foxborough, MA-based Iconics of an OPC-based, SCADA visualization system. Iconics’ new Geo Productivity portals provide a dashboard of productivity, alarm and local meteorological information. The current target market is wind farm management but Iconics GeoScada is also deployed in oil and gas notably by Russian TransNeft, to visualize pipeline SCADA data streams in Virtual Earth (OITJ March 09). More from and

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