RAD Launches Secure SCADA-Aware Solution for Power Utilities and Transportation Networks

New Ethernet switch from RAD Data brings a high level of communications security to utility substations and transport networks.

Mah Wah, NJ, May 04, 2013 --(PR.com)-- RAD Data Communications, the veteran manufacturer of Service Assured Networking solutions for utilities and transportation networks, has announced the launch of its new ruggedized IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 compliant SecureFlow™ Ethernet switch/router.

“What makes SecureFlow unique is that it is the only secure, SCADA-aware switch/router in the market that incorporates up to 16 Fast Ethernet and two Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as integrated serial interfaces, protocol gateway functionality and an advanced firewall in a single box,” states Mati Epstein, Power Utilities & Transportation Line of Business head at RAD.

SecureFlow provides flexible connectivity for Ethernet intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) as well as older serial remote terminal units (RTUs) with full redundancy over various topologies using fiber optic rings, 2/3G cellular modems and external radio systems. The gateway function enables it to comprehend both Ethernet IED and serial RTU protocols, so, in utility applications, SecureFlow can convert old IEC-101 SCADA protocols to the new IEC-104 IP-compatible equivalents, or Modbus serial to IP, DNP3 and others. These conversions enable seamless communication of IP SCADA to both old and new RTUs.

“SecureFlow is future proof, in that it leverages new packet-switched infrastructure for legacy connectivity,” Epstein notes. “This will reduce CapEx and OpEx in the years ahead, even after the migration to packet-switched networks is complete.”

The solution’s advanced security package includes a per-port SCADA-aware firewall employing deep packet inspection, and an integrated VPN agent for inter-site connectivity using IPsec, so that critical information is encrypted end-to-end. “Security threats and regulations are forcing the adoption of combined protection mechanisms in any new communications solution,” Epstein explains. “Bringing distributed security directly into every node in the network, rather than restricting it to a central site, protects the entire system from the latest generation of risks, which can emanate from many different directions,” he adds. “Unmanned sites may otherwise be easily penetrated, regardless of the precautions taken at the control center.”

“Ruggedized and built for the demanding conditions of utilities and transportation networks, SecureFlow provides a total multiservice solution,” Epstein concludes.

RAD’s power utility customers include Eskom, Terna, Enel, National Grid USA, Hydro Quebec, Endesa, IEC, Kepco, Meralco, E-on, Elia, Nampower, AES, Powercor, and Novosibirsk Energo. Its solutions have also been deployed at international airports in Britain, Germany, India, and Korea; by nationwide railways in Romania, Singapore, Spain, and Vietnam; and by expressways in Australia, Canada, Japan, and Switzerland.

About RAD
RAD Data Communications provides Service Assured Access solutions that reduce operational complexity and improve service profitability for retail, wholesale and mobile service providers, as well as evolutional migration solutions for service providers and power and transportation utilities, facilitating a smooth, secure and cost-effective transition to packet-based networks. RAD’s multi-faceted in-house technology embraces OAM and performance management; service assurance; traffic management; fault management; synchronization and timing over packet; TDM pseudowire; ASIC and FPGA development; hardware miniaturization; and SFP form-factor solutions. The company's installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and encompasses more than 150 service providers around the world, as well as scores of power utilities, transportation systems and government institutions. RAD is active in industry standardization bodies such as the IETF, Broadband Forum, ITU, and MEF. RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD site: www.rad.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/RADdatacomms
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Kevin Tanzillo