Our Approach to Systems Integration

The purpose of SEI’s Demonstration/Evaluation Center is to provide a facility where advanced technology concepts can be investigated, demonstrated, displayed and evaluated prior to deployment. The elements below are key principles demonstrated in the SEI Demonstration/Evaluation Center:
  • Virtualization
  • Redundancy
  • Federated Control (PSIM)
  • Common Operating Picture (Collaboration and Situational Awareness)
  • Emerging Technology
  • Data Fusion
  • SCADA (Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition)
  • High-Precision Power Quality & Energy Monitoring
  • Workstation Endpoint Security

Virtualization

VirtualizationVirtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than physical) version of something, such an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources.
  • Infrastructure is what connects resources to your enterprise.
  • Virtual Infrastructure is a dynamic mapping of your resources to your enterprise.
  • Result: decreased costs (hardware, cooling expenses, infrastructure, space) and increase efficiencies and responsiveness

Redundancy

RedundancyRedundancy The use of Virtualization Technology should include Redundancy to avoid a single point of failure. Redundancy provides resilience (to cope with failures and errors). Redundancy ensures reliability and a high availability of enterprise applications. The benefits of redundancy:
  • Reduced single point of failure
  • Ensures Reliability
  • Enhances high availability of enterprise applications

Federated Control

Federated ControlFederated Control via Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) provides command and control of disparate systems. Federated Control provides the followings benefits:
  • Single Sign-on
  • Minimizes Risk
  • Reduce Operational Cost
  • Leverages and extends existing systems
  • Improves response time
  • Enables compliance

Common Operating Picture

Common Operating Picture (COP)Common Operating Picture (COP) can be defined as a single identical display of relevant operational information. The benefits of a COP:
  • Facilitates collaborative planning
  • Enhances situational awareness
  • Promotes better decisions
  • Enables new levels of productivity and efficiency in critical operations.

Emerging Technologies

Emerging TechnologiesEmerging Technologies are contemporary advances and innovations in various fields of computer technology. Emerging technology now share resources and interact with each other, creating new efficiencies. Benefits of emerging technologies:
  • Shared resources
  • Improved productivity
  • Simplified logistics
  • Open System Architecture

Data Fusion

Data FusionData Fusion is the process of integration of multiple data and knowledge representing a given topic or interest consistently and accurately in a useful representation. In the geospatial (GIS) domain, data fusion is often synonymous with data integration. In these applications, data sources are combine such that all of the data points and time steps are referenced to point on the Earth. The fused data contain attributes and metadata which might not have been included for these points in the original data set.
Visual Fusion is data visualization that unites data from virtually any data source in a visual, interactive context for better insight and understanding.
Visual Fusion connects all of your data in a single view, putting it in greater context and enabling you to interact with it more effectively. Whether you need a quick mash-up or a sophisticated custom application, Visual Fusion makes your data more accessible, understandable, and actionable.
Through interactive maps, timelines, data lists, and charts, your data is illuminated in the full context of all relevant data sources. You can slice-and-dice, filter, explore, search, compare and take action.

SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition)

SCADASCADA is a type of industrial control system (ICS). Industrial control systems are computer controlled systems that monitor and control industrial processes that exist in the physical world.
  • A human–machine interface or HMI is the apparatus or device which presents process data to a human operator, and through this, the human operator monitors and controls the process
  • A supervisory (computer) system, gathering (acquiring) data on the process and sending commands (control) to the process
  • Remote terminal units (RTUs) connecting to sensors in the process, converting sensor signals to digital data and sending digital data to the supervisory system
  • Programmable logic controller (PLCs) used as field devices because they are more economical, versatile, flexible, and configurable than special-purpose RTUs
  • Communication infrastructure connecting the supervisory system to the remote terminal units
  • Various process and analytical instrumentation

High-Precision Power Quality & Energy Monitoring

High-Precision Power Quality & Energy MonitoringSEI uses PQube for High-Precision Power Quality & Energy Monitoring. The PQube is like an aircraft’s black box. It records the details of every power disturbance. When your system is “flying” normally, your PQube records every detail about power consumption for you.
  • Three-phase and single-phase monitoring up to 690V, 50/60/400Hz
  • Auto power configuration for any world-wide power
  • Voltage dips, swells, and interruptions – waveforms and RMS graphs
  • Over-frequency and under-frequency events
  • 1-microsecond high-frequency impulse detection
  • THD, TDD, and time-triggered snapshots
  • Voltage and current unbalance
  • IEC Flicker – Pinst, PST, PLT
  • Detailed event recording, plus daily, weekly, monthly trends. Cumulative probability, histograms, and more

Workstation Endpoint Security

Workstation Endpoint SecuritySEI uses Triumfant to perform workstation endpoint security. Triumfant detects and remediates malware without signatures or any other form of prior knowledge.
  • Eliminates reliance on prior knowledge
  • Detects the attacks that evade other defenses – zero days, rootkits, Advanced Persistent Threat
  • Efficiently scans more state data than any tool
  • Continuously enforces configurations and policies
  • Builds remediation automatically and analytically
  • Provides unmatched visibility into endpoint population – true continuous monitoring

Modular Building Concept

SEI is a system integrator. SEI uses the Modular Building Concept (MBC) approach to system integration. MBC is a standardization and packaging approach, which is independent of specific systems or mission equipment. The primary objective is to implement and later retrofit when necessary, a wide range of electronic systems directly, easily, and economically, from a compatible set of standardized functional elements or modules. The standardization is primarily the use of standard Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software and equipment. This concept can be used to implement remote monitoring and control of modules and the component standardization will facilitate assembly, check out, and later retrofit of entire systems.

Mission Driven System Integration (MDSI)

The Modular Building Concept (MBC) uses the MDSI Process. The MDSI Process is focused on the Customer Requirements. MDSI is not a product, MDSI is a series of COTS products integrated to achieve customer driven requirements.