16 de November de 2022

Advantages of a control system for research centers (1)

Automated control of the installation in real time, both locally and remotely

Information security and protection needs in research centers are usually the object of maximum care, together with the needs for flexibility and immediacy of access to said information at any time and from anywhere. With a centralized supervision and control system, we obtain important advantages for researchers: automated control of the installation in real time, both locally and remotely, video recording in 4K resolution in order to complete the information collected by the system, and automated control, in this case, feeding the fish to automate the dosage of food individually. Regarding the first advantage, from the PLC of the installed module, the levels of dissolved oxygen, the recirculation flow and the temperature are controlled so that they remain within the ranges indicated by the user. From a SCADA application, all the equipment is supervised, and the physical-chemical control variables of the room (light intensity, ambient temperature) and water quality variables (temperature, oxygen and turbidity) are recorded in a database. Likewise, from a web page users can consult all the results registered in the database, in a very visual and simple way. And all this is accessible both locally and remotely. When it is accessed from outside the center, it is done securely, through a VPN network that allows encrypting the communications carried out between registered mobile devices and the system itself. We are grateful for the trust placed in us by the IATS research center of the CSIC.

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