“smes to up­scale to de­ploy con­nected tech­nolo­gies by hon­eyWell”

In a one on one with PC Quest, Ashish M. Gaik­wad, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Hon­eywell Au­toma­tion In­dia Lim­ited and Coun­try Leader, Hon­eywell Process So­lu­tions talks about the Hon­eywell Con­nected Plant so­lu­tions in the In­dian sce­nario

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What are the so­lu­tions un­der the re­cently launched Hon­eywell Con­nected Plant (HCP) port­fo­lio? We have in­tro­duced our suite of so­lu­tions un­der the Hon­eywell Con­nected Plant (HCP) to pro­mote dig­i­ti­za­tion in in­dus­tries in sup­port of the gov­ern­ment’s Dig­i­tal In­dia ef­fort. HCP com­bines our in­dus­trial ex­per­tise, soft­ware and cloud tech­nolo­gies to make our cus­tomers’ op­er­a­tions more re­li­able, prof­itable and se­cure than ever be­fore.

Some of the so­lu­tions in­clude the In­dus­trial Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Risk Man­ager, a so­lu­tion that pro­vides a sin­gle view for op­er­a­tions, IT and lead­er­ship teams to mon­i­tor, mea­sure and man­age cy­ber se­cu­rity across the en­ter­prise. The Se­cure Me­dia Ex­change (SMX) gives op­er­a­tors un­prece­dented con­trol and vis­i­bil­ity into the se­cure use of USB and re­mov­able stor­age by per­son­nel and con­trac­tors alike, re­duc­ing cy­ber risk to process con­trol net­works glob­ally.

A doc­u­men­ta­tion and change man­age­ment soft­ware that helps cus­tomers’ in­dus­trial con­trol sys­tem in­tegrity, Hon­eywell Trace re­places pa­per-based records and spread­sheets with an au­to­mated so­lu­tion. This helps min­i­mize er­rors due to changes in con­fig­u­ra­tions, im­prove worker pro­duc­tiv­ity, and sim­plify au­toma­tion as­set man­age­ment by pro­vid­ing a sin­gle in­te­grated view of com­plex sys­tem in­ter­ac­tions.

The ex­panded Uni­for­mance Suite soft­ware pro

vides real-time dig­i­tal in­tel­li­gence through ad­vanced process and event data col­lec­tion, as­set- cen­tric an­a­lyt­ics and pow­er­ful vi­su­al­iza­tion tech­nol­ogy, turn­ing plant data into ac­tion­able in­for­ma­tion to en­able smart op­er­a­tions. HCP ap­pli­ca­tions lever­age the IIoT to tap Hon­eywell’s process knowl­edge, de­sign ex­per­tise and un­der­stand­ing of catal­y­sis with next-gen­er­a­tion soft­ware plat­forms from Hon­eywell Process So­lu­tions. The soft­ware-based ser­vice en­ables re­fin­ers and petro­chem­i­cal and gas pro­cess­ing plants to im­prove their per­for­mance.

What are the ben­e­fits that the HCP port­fo­lio will bring to the in­dus­try?

For the oil in­dus­try it is very im­por­tant to op­er­ate all the time for mak­ing money. We know that, in re­finer­ies there are plant shut­downs every 2 or 3 years for mak­ing gen­eral ar­range­ments to make sure ev­ery­thing is cleaned. In that case, es­pe­cially the in­dus­try has to adopt world-class tech­nolo­gies that im­prove safety, re­li­a­bil­ity, and ef­fi­ciency in an in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive global en­vi­ron­ment. Our HCP propo­si­tion is uniquely po­si­tioned to achieve this in­dus­trial evo­lu­tion.

How crit­i­cal is se­cu­rity from the HCP in­dus­trial IoT stand­point and what is Hon­eywell’s propo­si­tion in the se­cu­rity con­text?

We are si­mul­ta­ne­ously work­ing on the se­cu­rity as­pects that are nec­es­sary for the in­dus­trial net­works. Hon­eywell in the last cou­ple of years have in­vested into large labs which we call the cy­ber se­cu­rity fa­cil­i­ties even while we em­braced the whole In­dus­trial IOT. This ba­si­cally is un­der pass­ing the con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween sen­sors, de­vices, equip­ments and bring­ing all into the cloud. Right now our main fo­cus is cy­ber se­cu­rity in the con­text of in­dus­trial net­works and we call it as in­dus­trial cy­ber se­cu­rity. We have al­ready launched some prod­ucts which have be­come very pop­u­lar.

One of our prod­ucts that is be­ing used in the in­dus­trial con­text is called the risk man­ager. Risk man­ager is con­tin­u­ously look­ing at ev­ery­thing that is con­nected to the in­dus­trial net­work. It gives a dash­board which keeps telling you the pos­si­ble threat can hap­pen and ac­tions that can be taken by the plant to avoid the cy­ber at­tacks.

The de­vice ‘risk man­ager’ is go­ing to work for­ever be­cause the hack­ers are work­ing con­tin­u­ously on wher­ever they see a door crack­ing open and they can en­ter.

Will the Next­nine ac­qui­si­tion help in bol­ster­ing this se­cu­rity port­fo­lio for Hon­eywell?

We ac­quired Next­nine, a pri­vately held provider of se­cu­rity man­age­ment so­lu­tions and tech­nolo­gies for in­dus­trial cy­ber se­cu­rity. The ad­di­tion of Next­nine’s in­dus­try-lead­ing se­cu­rity so­lu­tions and se­cure re­mote ser­vice ca­pa­bil­i­ties will en­hance our ex­ist­ing range of in­no­va­tive cy­ber se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies and sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease HCP’s cy­ber se­cu­rity cus­tomer base. Next­nine’s flag­ship tech­nol­ogy, ICS Shield, pro­tects in­dus­trial sites from cy­ber se­cu­rity at­tacks and en­ables re­mote mon­i­tor­ing of as­sets. It com­ple­ments Hon­eywell’s ex­ten­sive cy­ber se­cu­rity port­fo­lio with a so­lu­tion that is used at more than 6,200 sites glob­ally across the oil and gas, util­ity, chem­i­cal, min­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors.

Is there any plan to get these cy­ber se­cu­rity fa­cil­i­ties soon in In­dia?

We try to bring the world to the peo­ple rather than bring­ing peo­ple to the world. We have a con­cept in Hon­eywell that place and the phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion do not mat­ter at all.In fact some of the cus­tomers in In­dia are al­ready get­ting ser­vices from these cen­ters with­out re­al­iz­ing that it is be­ing done by some­body else. But yes, the fa­cil­ity will be avail­able in In­dia soon for our In­dian cus­tomers too.

Can you elab­o­rate on the Ar­mGuard sys­tem for HCP and what ex­actly it plans to achieve?

The AR­MGuard sys­tem is a re­mote mon­i­tor­ing ser­vice that helps nat­u­ral gas pro­ces­sors man­age the ad­sor­bents that are used to re­move wa­ter from nat­u­ral gas. sys­tem uses ex­ist­ing in­stru­men­ta­tion to help cus­tomers op­ti­mize their ad­sorp­tion cy­cles, re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion, op­er­ate un­der vari­able feed con­di­tions, and re­duce costs due to un­sched­uled shut­downs. The AR­MGuard sys­tem mon­i­tors the per­for­mance of our ad­sor­bents to ad­vise how the de­hy­dra­tion process can be kept run­ning ef­fi­ciently and re­li­ably. The more ef­fec­tively you can man­age your ad­sorp­tion sys­tem, the more ef­fec­tively you can keep the unit on­stream and op­er­at­ing prof­itabil­ity.

How many HCP cus­tomers are here cur­rently in In­dia? Do you see any po­ten­tial in SME cus­tomers to adopt HCP so­lu­tions?

One of our cus­tomers which is in the pub­lic do­main is Reliance. The oth­ers too are large en­ter­prises though we can­not name them be­cause of con­fi­den­tial­ity. In In­dia we have al­ready con­ducted the event to launch this HCP so­lu­tion. So we be­lieve that we will get this con­cept from here on­wards across the in­dus­try.

SMEs too will be need­ing these so­lu­tions, es­pe­cially as they are crit­i­cal parts of the sup­ply chain for these oil & gas as well as man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries. How­ever, these in­di­vid­ual small fac­to­ries may not have enough cap­i­tal to af­ford these so­lu­tions. As we lever­age the eco­nom­ics of this scheme, we will bring some of the ser­vices which are now ex­clu­sively avail­able for big­ger cus­tomers by di­vid­ing the mul­ti­ple SMEs in a par­tic­u­lar area. There has to be an ecosys­tem where you can ac­com­mo­date dif­fer­ent types and sizes part­ners. And yes, Sen­tient can be such an ecosys­tem.

‘Sen­tient’ is a cloud based plat­form where we can ac­com­mo­date and also in­vite the OEM Part­ners. About 15 to 20 OEMs we are al­ready part­nered with there, though most of them are global.

What are the ini­tia­tives taken by Hon­eywell for sav­ing nat­u­ral re­sources?

Hon­eywell is work­ing in the area of bio-fu­els which could be in large amount. There is sig­nif­i­cant work that is be­ing done in that tech­nol­ogy, but one of our pur­poses of us­ing the con­nected plant and there­fore the power of con­nected is also to re­duce large amount of wastage that hap­pens in the nat­u­ral re­sources. If you are able to re­duce the wastage and use it far more ef­fi­ciently, than re­ally we will in­crease the length of the nat­u­ral re­sources avail­abil­ity on the planet.

“Sen­tient’ is a cloud based plat­form where we can ac­com­mo­date and also in­vite the OEM Part­ners. About 15 to 20 OEMs we are al­ready part­nered with there, though most of them are global”

Ashish M. Gaik­wad MD, Hon­eywell Au­toma­tion In­dia Lim­ited and Coun­try Leader, Hon­eywell Process So­lu­tions

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