Singapore Business Review Awards Stratus Technologies for Computing Excellence in Aerospace at Annual Technology Awards Event

Stratus Edge Computing Platform prevents unplanned downtime and data loss for Crane Safety and SCADA Monitoring System in Aviation Maintenance

Today, SBR announced that Stratus Technologies, a global leader in simplified, protected, autonomous Edge Computing platforms, received the Computing award at the Singapore Business Review Technology Excellence Awards 2021. Stratus was recognized based on use of its Edge Computing platform, ftServer, to reduce operational hazard and increase safety of the operating personnels for Crane Safety and SCADA Monitoring with an aviation maintenance company. The win emphasizes the ability of Stratus Edge Computing platforms to ensure continuous availability of business-critical applications. SBR winners are selected based on projects’ uniqueness and innovation, effectiveness and impact, and dynamism.

Edge Computing to Monitor the Aviation Maintenance Floor
Organizations worldwide and across industries – from manufacturing to smart infrastructure have the opportunity to harness real-time data from edge locations for actionable insight and better decision making to operate safely and efficiently. To support these abilities, business and operations leaders require distributed computing architectures that bring computing power to edge locations – the maintenance floor or remote locations – to run business critical software and process data. Far from the cloud or data centre, decisions and actions need to be made in real-time with the right information and in the right place.

A large aerospace company recently wanted to implement a new maintenance floor system to maintain a safe repair environment and required no downtime. The company’s focus was to upgrade their existing safety systems with Safety Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and to install SCADA monitoring system. It was critical that no single point of failure was present and there was reduced production downtime even on the enterprise management level.

The aerospace company appointed a system integrator, HoST, that incorporated Stratus ftServer as the Edge Computing platform at the core of the solution. Stratus ftServer provided 99.999% uptime and ran in Active-Active mode that makes any switchovers unnoticeable with no data loss during these switchovers.

The solution implemented by HoST also included a safety latching system that used Rockwell Automation's Safety Controllers. Designed for existing cranes, each crane operates with its controller that comes with safety interlocks.

A centralised common SCADA monitoring system was also installed for the customer to check on the health of all these safety devices in real-time. It also ensured that the new safety system runs smoothly throughout its operations.

To ensure that all data ran smoothly from the Safety PLCs to the SCADA monitoring system, Stratus' fault-tolerant servers came into play. Stratus' ftServer complemented the execution of the safety and monitoring system, which prevented critical business applications downtime and ensured continuous availability. Integrating seamlessly as part of the solution, the ftServer also managed all web access to users in the working environment.

Elimination of Downtime Consequences with Edge Computing
This newly implemented system ensured the reduction of operational hazards of the cranes that are used for hoisting heavy aero engines for maintenance, and possible downtime that could could lead to hazardous working environment. Using Stratus ftServer, the aerospace company is able to run its critical monitoring system with zero downtime to reduce risk and future proof processes.

In today's always-on global economy, seconds matter. Downtime in critical safety system can have far-reaching economic, security and legal consequences. Recovering from a failure, no matter how fast, is simply no longer an option.

With its self-monitoring and self-diagnosing system, the customer was alerted to any compromised safety aspects during operations, which greatly increased productivity. The customer obtained peace of mind with added confidence that all data is reflected in a safe and resilient environment.

“The SBR Technology Excellence award recognises companies that have pioneered ground-breaking IT products and solutions that have made an impact on businesses. This win reflects the growing importance of Edge Computing as manufacturers push control and real-time data acquisition to the operational edges,” said Lin Hoe Foong, Stratus Managing Director for Asia South. “We are delighted to work with our partner HoST on this solution that future proof processes for our Aerospace client. We remain committed to help partners and customers succeed in the Edge Computing space as we deliver solutions that ensure performance and availability of business-critical applications, to scale digital transformation.”

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About Stratus
For leaders digitally transforming their operations to drive predictable, peak performance with minimal risk, Stratus ensures the continuous availability of business-critical applications by delivering zero-touch Edge Computing platforms that are simple to deploy and maintain, protected from interruptions and threats, and autonomous. For 40 years, we have provided reliable and redundant zero-touch computing, enabling global Fortune 500 companies and small-to-medium sized businesses to securely and remotely turn data into actionable intelligence at the Edge, cloud and data center – driving uptime and efficiency. For more information, please visit www.stratus.com or follow on Twitter @StratusAlwaysOn and LinkedIn @StratusTechnologies

The Technology Excellence Awards, presented by Singapore Business Review, was held via studio award presentations and video conferencing sessions throughout the second and third week of April.

This year’s nominations were judged by a panel consisting of Daryl Pereira, Head of Cyber at KPMG; Cheang Wai Keat, Partner, Consulting at Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.; Henry Tan, Group Chief Executive Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Nexia TS; Sivakumar Saravan, Senior Partner at Crowe Singapore; Cecil Su, Director, Head of Cybersecurity of BDO Singapore.

If you would like to join the 2022 awards and be acclaimed for your company’s exceptional technological innovations, please email Jane Patiag at [email protected].

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