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Bedrock releases Bedrock automation system

Bedrock releases Bedrock automation system

July 15, 2015 – Bedrock releases automation system that delivers I/O, power and communications across the pin-less electromagnetic backplane with a parallel architecture that supports ultra fast scan times. Bedrock addresses virtually all control applications with fewer than a dozen part numbers, reducing cyber attack vectors, cutting lifecycle costs, and simplifying engineering, commissioning and maintenance.

The removal of I/O pins improves reliability and increases cyber security while forming a galvanic isolation barrier for every I/O channel.  This backplane also allows installation of I/O modules in any orientation and location for flexibility in I/O and cable management.

Secure I/O modules use layers of technology to deliver software-defined I/O for universal analog, discrete, Ethernet and Fieldbus signal types.  A secure power module is functionally and physically coupled to the backplane to deliver single and dual redundant cyber secure power for the control system.  A secure universal controller can run virtually every conceivable application independent of size or control task: discrete, batch, continuous, or multivariable control from one device that supports as few as ten, to as many as thousands of I/O points.  No longer are separate programmable logic controllers (PLC) and distributed control systems (DCS) required.

Replacing pins with an electromagnetic backplane is one of many layers of cyber security protection that Bedrock Automation has implemented.  Additional cyber security layers include:

  • A real time operating system with the highest safety (SIL 4) and security (EAL6+) rating of any RTOS available today
  • Cyber secure microcontrollers with encrypted keys and TRNG embedded in all system modules including the controller, power supply and I/O
  • All modules encased in anti-tamper metal that is impenetrable without metal cutting tools
  • Authentication extending throughout the supply chain, including third party software and applications

Adding so many layers of protection to a conventional DCS, SCADA RTU, PAC or PLC would add cost and complexity and degrade performance.  With Bedrock, they were built in from the start. 

Bedrock delivers an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) based on an open IEC 61131 software toolset that supports embedded OPC UA.  The IDE enables users to develop, operate and authenticate control for a vast array of PLC, SCADA and DCS applications.  Fewer components means fewer panel layouts and wiring diagrams to contend with.  Software configurable I/O can be changed in the field with the click of a mouse.  Ninety percent fewer I/O module types means fewer spare parts to keep and manage.  Such innovations contribute to reducing overall engineering design costs by up to 33 percent.

The Bedrock control system is available in baseline configuration starting at $20,000 MSRP.  

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