Kepware Unveils WITS Support for DNP3 Driver to Deliver Water Industry Telemetry Standards

Posted: Tuesday 21st September 2010

Kepware Technologies has announced he upcoming release of Water Industry Telemetry Standard (WITS) support within the KEPServerEX DNP3 (Distributed Network Protocol) Ethernet and Serial Drivers.

Kepware is adding WITS support to its robust set of DNP3 communication drivers as an additional feature set to proactively meet efficiency standards in the water industry. The WITS functionality will enable the DNP3 drivers, with added security through authentication, additional data sets specific to the water industry and the ability to manage device assets and device attributes.

With an ever growing need to improve efficiencies within the control systems of the Water industry, Kepware anticipates the WITS specification and feature will be a significant addition to its DNP offering. Increased environmental concerns, legislation, and higher business demands are putting pressure on the Water Industry to update many of their outdated control systems. Updating these control systems is critical to deploying new strategies aimed at reducing operating costs and improving the bottom line.

Much like the OPC standard, WITS looks to standardize device communications across the water industry. “A goal of the OPC Foundation was to reduce the number of made-to-order applications and give the end user choice of best-in-class options across all aspects of the control system,” said Dave Hammond of MAC-Solutions based in the UK. “WITS is doing the same, thus creating a more open and competitive market.”

KEPServerEX is the most widely used communication solution for automation and already delivers a powerful set of DNP3 communication drivers, upon which WITS is built. “Kepware is always looking for ways to bring best in class interoperability to market,” states Tony Paine, President and CTO of Kepware Technologies. “With the water industry standardizing on WITS over DNP, we recognized that we needed to enhance our existing DNP offering to allow our customers to implement next generation infrastructures.”

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