Infotech Lead America: RAD has launched its new ruggedized IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 compliant SecureFlow Ethernet switch/router.
“What makes SecureFlow unique is that it is the only secure, SCADA-aware switch/router in the market that incorporates up to 16 Fast Ethernet and two Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as integrated serial interfaces, protocol gateway functionality and an advanced firewall in a single box,” said Mati Epstein, Power Utilities & Transportation Line of Business head at RAD.
SecureFlow provides connectivity for Ethernet intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) as well as older serial remote terminal units (RTUs) with full redundancy over various topologies using fiber optic rings, 2/3G cellular modems and external radio systems.
The gateway function enables it to comprehend both Ethernet IED and serial RTU protocols, so, in utility applications, SecureFlow can convert old IEC-101 SCADA protocols to the new IEC-104 IP-compatible equivalents, or Modbus serial to IP, DNP3 and others. These conversions enable seamless communication of IP SCADA to both old and new RTUs.
The solution’s security package includes a per-port SCADA-aware firewall employing deep packet inspection, and an integrated VPN agent for inter-site connectivity using IPsec, so that critical information is encrypted end-to-end.
RAD’s power utility customers include Eskom, Terna, Enel, National Grid USA, Hydro Quebec, Endesa, IEC, Kepco, Meralco, E-on, Elia, Nampower, AES, Powercor, and Novosibirsk Energo.
Its solutions have also been deployed at international airports in Britain, Germany, India, and Korea; by nationwide railways in Romania, Singapore, Spain, and Vietnam; and by expressways in Australia, Canada, Japan, and Switzerland.