Profile™ is an enterprise-level Measurement SCADA system that automatically collects and manages all the data generated by a flow computer.
Collecting comprehensive and accurate data is the key part of any measurement system, but most large flow measurement systems are managed by traditional, monolithic Control SCADA systems that focus on the overall movement of product across an entire system but ignore the valuable measurement data generated by the flow computer.
Profile is different – collecting all the production and batch data, prove results and reports directly from each flow computer on the network and storing it centrally so that it can be shared securely with technicians, engineers, managers, accountants and customers.
Profile provides flow measurement teams with the information needed to perform their roles to the full whilst building a credible audit trail of the production data.
- Large Pipeline and Distribution Networks
- LACT and Crude Oil Gathering Systems
- Truck and Rail Loading/Unloading Facilities
With out-of-the-box installation, there is no reliance on system integrators or authorized service providers to unlock operational features or capabilities. Profile ensures consistency of service, performance, compliance, and security even for global enterprise-level deployments. The licensing and delivery model also allows Profile users to scale up and down in a fast, cost effective manner as operating requirements or asset ownerships change.
Profile™ at a glance...
- Measurement SCADA
- Centralized data collection
- Real-time access with control
- Historical data collection
- Batch and prove data
- Flow computer report and distribution
- Controlled access to the flow computer
Profile™ is part of the Metrology™ suite of integrated products
Profile automatically connects to every RTU on the network, gathering their historical data, alarms, audit events, batches, proves and other reports at regular intervals.
Profile has native support for a wide range of RTUs and flow computers and can communicate using a number of different protocols, including Modbus, OPC and Ethernet IP.
Profile can also gather data from various network topologies, including Ethernet, canopy radio, GPRS, 3G, 4G, LTE, satellite or directly from a VIATM data gateway. This approach allows Profile to collect data from an array of distributed RTUs, providing a comprehensive overview of the entire measurement system.
Secure access to measurement data
Security is paramount for all industrial systems. Best practice dictates that a network should be divided into separate zones with heavily regulated firewalls controlling the traffic between them to prevent hackers or viruses from accessing mission-critical control systems. But these security measures often restrict access to important measurement data too.
Profile solves this challenge by providing three levels of servers that have different capabilities based on the network zone in which they are installed and can transfer data in one direction from one server to the next:
Profile™ SCADA is installed on the SCADA network. Profile collects data directly from RTUs on the process network or from VIA gateways, with centrally managed access to those devices.
Profile™ Cascade provides the link between different network segments. It allows traffic to pass from the SCADA network, up through one or more DMZs, to the enterprise or even to the cloud.
Profile™ Enterprise can be installed on the enterprise network or in the cloud and receives a regular stream of data from lower network levels. Users have read-only access to all the measurement data but with no physical access to the RTUs.