OPC UA solution for traffic management in Switzerland
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Prosys as a Development Support Partner
Prosys is one of the few OPC UA JAVA SDK providers and offers a very suitable entry point to the OPC UA technology with their QuickStart Service. We have also appreciated Prosys licensing model. The excellent support of Prosys and the fast response time of their support team have positively confirmed our decision.
Traffic Management in Canton Valais Switzerland
Steria is the provider of the traffic management SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system for the whole canton Valais in Switzerland. The main task of this system includes the central monitoring and alerting in case of events in tunnels or sections of the highway network of the Valais region.
Steria’s traffic management system is a real time distributed Java based application. The communication between Steria’s traffic management application and underlying systems (ventilation, fire alarm system, lightning system, etc.) used to be implemented with a project specific text-based interface for all previously integrated tunnels. For the latest expansion of the traffic management’s perimeter (an additional tunnel and two galleries on the “Simplon Pass”) the Swiss Federal Road Agency has selected OPC UA as the new standard to be used.
The underlying systems notify their current status with event based methods to the SCADA system of Steria and also receive corresponding commands from the superordinate system. The OPC UA solution of Prosys has been used as a building block for this interface.
OPC UA Interface Experiences
The main advantage of using OPC UA is definitely that we are now using a well-established official interface specification instead of a project specific one.
During the implementation of the interface the limitations of the COTS OPC UA Servers for PLC Devices posed the biggest challenge. For example most of them do not support calling and executing methods, it was thus necessary to invest in creative workaround solutions that still guarantee secure and dependable operation. Our OPC UA interface has been running reliably in production since Fall of 2012.
Prosys is one of the few OPC UA JAVA SDK providers and offers a very suitable entry point to the OPC UA technology with their QuickStart Service. The excellent support of Prosys and the fast response time of their support team have positively confirmed our decision.
Software Engineer, Steria Schweiz AG
What is OPC?
OPC and OPC UA (Unified Architecture) are industry standards that enable software to connect devices, machines and systems from different manufacturers using same interface.