Newsletter N°24 - November 2016
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Topkapi Version 6.0 will make its debut during the year end trade fairs (see calendar above) and readily available for first applications in France. In first deployments, we recommend implementing it within new projects rather than updating existing applications : contact your usual sales dealer to help you in your choices.
The primary innovation in this version is the integration of the new Webserv2 component, turning Topkapi into the first full HTML5 supervisor in the market. Resulting from a long development process and major investment in R&D, this new HTML5 display engine leverages the latest Web technologies to make your Topkapi applications accessible using a compatible Web browser.
Security, smooth browsing, portability and enhanced functionality (vs Webserv1) were our primary goals. For the other evolutions of version 6.0 (and there are quite a few), read on this new bulletin.
For higher performance, modern supervision tools must provide easy access to control/command from any general-purpose terminal, without prior installation or maintenance constraints. In the early 2000s, AREAL proposed its first version of the Webserv module, offering access to the Topkapi application using a standard Web browser. It was really successful, but considering the limits and osbolescence of the first technologies used, we decided to develop a new display engine based on the latest progress of HTML5 to meet user expectations in term of thin clients:
While most SCADA software publishers followed an easier path, using third-party software merely to encapsulate remote display of fat client stations through HTML5 (RDP technology), AREAL chose specific redevelopement from scratch to offer a rich, secured and upgradeable solution. Clients with contractual annual updates and the first generation Web server option will benefit from this new technology free of charge, with minimum adaptation to their application. AREAL shall maintain support of the Webserv1 technology for 3 years minimum to ensure smooth upgrading of the systems, while ensuring maximum compatibility with current browsers, but without however proposing functional evolutions.
For more details on the Webserv2 module, and particularly the implementation conditions, please refer to our web site at http://www.topkapi-scada.com/en/software/webserv2 or ask your usual contact for the Technical Sheet.
The following description presents the main developments linked with version 6.0. For more details, please refer to the V6 developments technical sheet accessible at www.topkapi-scada.com/en/users2/FT_V6 (user account required) or call your usual commercial contact.
New log data storage mode
This new version allows using a database engine (PostgreSQL) to store event logs, in all versions, TG, Basic, or Classic. This mode is optional, and Topkapi may be run with its traditional .HIS files only. This mode is required though for:
No specific DBMS skills are required:
Two types of software protection are available:
Protection by soft key requires the Topkapi license to be connected via the Internet with an authentication server hosted by AREAL for periodical activation check (if not possible with your achitecture, you shall use a dongle). This ensures more comfortable deployment in virtualized environments.
Remote Alarm Notification
Version 6.0 proposes a new Text-To-Speech stand-by service engine based on a Windows API not requiring the costly Speech Unit modem, by using a basic PSTN modem. For the recomendation of the latter, go to http://www.topkapi-scada.com/en/company/hardware-providers.
Other major evolutions:
Main evolutions related with the Reports module:
AREAL strives permanently to provide systems which are secured while preserving easy access to the information. We participate actively in the workgroup on security of SCADA systems headed by ANSSI*. Current and future developments consider ANSSI recommendations, which in version 6.0 translate concretely by:
*Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d'Information, a governmental body reporting to the Ministry of Defence (www.ssi.grouv.fr)
We wish to thank all TOPKAPI users for their trust, as well as those having contributed to the production of these articles.