Babel Buster Network Gateways: Big Features. Small Price.
EMAIL INTERVIEW – Sergey Sorokin and Ken Sinclair
Sorokin, Founder, CSWorks
After years of working for big name software and automation companies, Sergey Sorokin founded CSWorks and now he is on a quest to bring the best of modern software technologies to the automation world.
A Software Framework for building web-based HMI, SCADA
We decided to make CSWorks as flexible as possible and let it pull data from virtually any SQL database engine, any device that supports industry standards like Modbus and BACnet, and middleware that support OPC.
Sinclair: How would you compare your product to the Niagara Framework?
Sinclair: What are your views on this interview and Linkedin discussions?
Although the interview doesn't give too many technical
details, the idea about identifying "agents" (or "cloud gateways") as a
separate class of automation components totally makes sense. Legacy (or
better said, monolithic proprietary) solutions will not speak cloud for
a number of years to come, so we need some interim solutions. After working for
major industrial automation companies, I do not have the impression
big names will make their solutions truly friendly to the cloud world
in the near future, although many of them publicly declare
they are working in this direction. Reasons for that are business (big
want to control the whole application stack, from the plant floor to
the office floor) and technical (major security issues, network
bandwidth and latency, lack of expertise with cloud technologies). I
think, in the next decade, companies like Tridium will continue good
business with those who are tired of the monolithic solutions.
Sinclair: Do you support project Haystack? If not why?
Sorokin: As I mentioned before, CSWorks is about providing generic access to the data source of different natures. In other words, when an application is working with devices that support different protocols (say Modbus and BACnet) we seek commonalities, not differences. What Haystack does is adds its own abstraction layer on top of the data, which is kind of orthogonal to CSWorks goals. On the other hand, if some of the Haystack developments end up finding the way to the actual hardware or middleware components, we will be happy to consider developing a CSWorks data provider for them. After all CSWorks customers will benefit from using Haystack semantics improvements since it's probably easier to reference data source by human-readable names than registers and addresses. As with the Niagara case, CSWorks takes an opportunistic approach here.
Sinclair: Can you share your thoughts on analytics and self-discovery and evolving online analytic companies?
Sorokin: Can't provide much input here. SCADA analytics is a separate big (probably billion-dollar by now, not sure) industry with established players. CSWorks does not have any interests in this market yet.
Sinclair: This should be good for you and for us as it will expose you to new markets you cannot see and provide perspective for us from a software company. Can you explain a bit more the parameters and boundaries of your framework?
Thanks Sergey for your time and input.
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