Safety critical controller adds cybersecurity certification

Safety critical controller adds cybersecurity certification

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By Nick Flaherty

Tricon CX version 11.3 embeds cybersecurity features within the process safety system and is compliant with the IEC 62443 standard and is certified by TÜV Rheinland for use in safety applications up to Safety Integrity Level 3. It is also ISASecure EDSA Level-1 certified, the industry’s leading cybersecurity certification for control systems, safety systems and system components.

As the industry’s first dual-certified process safety instrumented system, Tricon CX version 11.3 meets stringent requirements for safety, cybersecurity, risk reduction and continuous operation in the oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals, power and other high-hazard industries.

“By virtue of its safety and security certifications and its compliance with the industry’s most stringent standards, and because it was designed in accordance with our recognized Security Development Lifecycle process, Tricon CX version 11.3 is secure to the highest degree available,” said Mike Chmilewski, vice president, Process Safety, Schneider Electric Process Automation.

“We were the first supplier to achieve dual safety and cybersecurity certifications from TÜV Rheinland, and Tricon CX version 11.3 strengthens our commitment to industry-leading cybersecurity and keeps our customers on a path to a safer, more secure future. It is the latest example of how our advanced EcoStruxure Triconex safety instrumented systems—the most dependable in the industry with more than one billion hours logged without failure—enable a safe, secure operation.”

Integrating the compact design of Tricon CX, which reduces the original Tricon form factor by 50 percent, the scalable Tricon CX version 11.3 is aimed at high-hazard and extreme environments where footprint is at a premium. It is capable of handling more than 750,000 physical I/O points, and because it uses the same programming tools as the original Tricon, is can be used over and maintained for decades of continuous, safe operation. As a result, current users can protect their existing Tricon investments and expand as needed without disrupting operations. 

Tricon CX version 11.3 is also compatible with multiple EcoStruxure Triconex safety systems applications, including Safety Validator, which automatically tests, validates and documents EcoStruxure Triconex safety system application logic—saving up to 40 percent of software test hours, as well as SIF Manager, which tracks and validates Safety Instrumented Function performance over the lifecycle of a plant. It is also compatible with Safety View, a TÜV-certified software application that enhances insight into high-priority alarms for operators, boosting their efficiency and effectiveness in responding to critical situations and the System Auditor tool for documenting EcoStruxure Triconex safety systems and managing alarms, and can be used with the Tricon, Trident and Tri-GP high-availability, high-integrity edge controllers.

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform, using IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity technology for Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services.

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