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The Florida Water System Hack And How to Protect Your Operation From A Similar Fate

Posted on Thu, Mar 11, 2021 @ 5:32 PM

Lessons from the Pinellas County, FL Hack The biggest challenge the 55,000 water treatment plants in the US face is monitoring the plant to avoid intrusions. In our increasingly digital world, the threat of intrusion is no longer just physical. Water treatment plants are amongst the focus of cyberattacks from international hackers and extremists. The recent hack of the treatment facility in Pinellas County, Florida, shows us that even the smallest operations are at risk. Why? The reason is simple; each of these plants provides water to an average of about 50,000 Americans. The potential impact of a hack is substantial for those seeking to do maximum damage. This figure is attraction-seeking, and the US water supply technology has very little protection against hacking. The Florida incident is a case study to explore the prevailing problems with the existing water system management technologies in the country and how operators can better protect their critical infrastructure going forward. BACKGROUND: The Florida Water System Hack In the early days of February 2021, an unknown hacker recently infiltrated a computer for the water system and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide by a factor of more than 100. The introduction of sodium hydroxide would have led to the loss of disinfectant in the water, a sudden change in water PH level, and dissolved oxygen in suspension. (more…)... Continue Reading

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RACO Publishes White Paper on Cloud-Based SCADA Capabilities

Posted on Tue, Dec 10, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

Analysis of Communication Platforms Examines the Current Market Landscape EMERYVILLE, Calif. (November 1, 2019) - RACO Manufacturing and Engineering Co., a leading provider of field-proven remote monitoring, reporting and alarm notification systems, has published a new white paper, “Information Delivery for Remote Monitoring Systems.” The paper analyzes how remote monitoring systems function on a variety of communication platforms, from traditional landlines through the most advanced Cloud-Based SCADA systems. This paper extends a previous white paper that explored earlier technologies. Readers will learn how Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) technologies have evolved to keep up with changes in telecommunications and consumer demands. A detailed chart indicates the functionalities available in systems built on landline, cellular wireless, Cloud-Based Alarm and Cloud-Based SCADA systems. Functionalities examined include service availability, installation requirements, alarm notifications, inquiry on demand, future proofing and costs, among others. The paper also includes a reference guide to help readers evaluate how their priorities align with their options. Click to Download the FREE White Paper. About RACO Manufacturing and Engineering Co. Since 1948, RACO Manufacturing and Engineering Co. of Emeryville, California has provided state-of-the-art remote monitoring systems for municipality, industry and government remote critical assets. With more than 65,000 installations and counting, RACO’s field-proven systems for alarm notification, data logging, reporting and control continue to put them ahead of an ever-changing technology landscape. Learn more at www.RACOMAN.com and www.AlarmAgent.com. Contact: James Brown, RACO 800-722-6999 jbrown@racoman.com... Continue Reading

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Stay Informed. Stay Connected. Stay Ahead of the Problem.

Posted on Fri, Nov 1, 2019 @ 4:38 AM

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RACO Manufacturing at WEFTEC 2019 – 92nd Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference

Posted on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

Join us at WEFTEC® 2019! RACO Manufacturing & Engineering will be at WEFTEC 2019 (Booth #1553), the world’s leading water quality conference and exhibition. With the best education and training resources available, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities; and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking among registrants. Discover how RACO’s Remote Alarm and Control systems provide cutting edge technology and service. At WEFTEC 2019... Learn about Alarm System Functionality and the evolution of RTU technology. Discover the past four common abilities of RTU Technology and how new technologies are creating countless new possibilities. Learn more about RACO Manufacturing’s Cloud-based Alarm (CBA) and Cloud-based SCADA (CBS) systems. Discover the four key factors to help determine the appropriate RTU technology for your application. Find out about the power of CBS active monitoring and control and its five key advantages. Join RACO Manufacturing & Engineering at this major event! Booth 1553 Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL Date: September 21 - 25, 2019 For more information about this event, please call James Brown at 800.722.6999 x222. Click for more information on WEFTEC. Join Us for the WEFTEC 2019 Hospitality Event at SPiN Chicago! While attending WEFTEC be sure to stop by our exclusive customer hospitality event at SPiN Chicago! Talk to your RACO Representative for more details. Location: 344 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654-5411 Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM Click for WEFTEC Hospitality Event 2019 Information (PDF Format).... Continue Reading

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RACO Manufacturing at WEFTEC 2018 – 91st Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference

Posted on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Join us at WEFTEC® 2018! WEFTEC is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities; and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking among registrants. WEFTEC provides extensive educational opportunities and unparalleled access to the field’s most cutting-edge technologies and services. Join RACO Manufacturing & Engineering at this major event! Booth 6139 Location: New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA Date: October 1 - 3, 2018 For more information about this event, please call James Brown at 800.722.6999 x222. Click for more information on WEFTEC. Click to Sign-Up for WEFTEC. Join Us for the Rockwell Automation Customer Hospitality Event at Flamingo-A-Go-Go! While attending WEFTEC be sure to stop by our customer hospitality event at Flamingo-A-Go-Go! Location: 869 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM Click for WEFTEC Hospitality Event 2018 Invitation (PDF Format).... Continue Reading

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