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Automation controller system runs on Linux

Nov 21, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

ETCorp has introduced a new version of its automation controller system for industrial surveillance. Based on a standard PC running Debian Linux, GPAC version 3.0 process management software is said to integrate devices, sensors, cameras, and subsystems to remotely operate device networks and monitor infrastructure.

The GPAC Global Security Management system is a browser-based “wide-area situational awareness” system designed for unified security, data collection, process automation, and incident preemption, says ETCorp. The client/server software coordinates TCP/IP communications via wired, wireless, and satellite technologies, enabling customers to add, configure, manage, and set triggers and relationships between devices over a wide area. ETCorp is marketing the system primarily to the defense and homeland security industries for perimeter and mobile surveillance of infrastructure.

GPAC Global Security Management system

The embedded server application runs on Debian, but client computers can run Linux, Mac, or Windows. The system works with commercial off the shelf (COTS) monitoring and control equipment, which ETCorp says is more affordable than proprietary surveillance systems, while offering greater flexibility of device deployment.

According to ETCorp, the system is designed to offer simultaneous secure access to the device network via multiple locations and communications pathways, both in mobile and fixed deployments. It is said to offer logging for alerts, alarms, authentications, and system and user activities. It also provides event-based video recording, so video is recorded only when a defined event or sensor input occurs.

The event monitoring system enables alert transmission via SMS, email, or audio alarms when devices are triggered or when values diverge from a specified range. The GPAC security system includes a firewall and enables users to define multiple, user-defined authorization levels and data classifications.


GPAC 3.0 is available immediately in a variety of configurations. Pricing was not disclosed.

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