Prolora connects standalone equipment and computing devices to the Internet using cellular networks.
Using Prolora’s services, even machinery which was never designed to be on a network can be efficiently placed online and managed remotely.
Prolora provides 3 specific capabilities:
1. Data Logging: Collects and relays operating information
2. Remote Command and Control: Change the equipment’s settings and control operations
3. Alert Management: Notify remote servers, tablets, and phones when something’s wrong
The Prolora Difference.
Prolora’s automation uses state-of-the-art fourth generation SCADA “Internet of Things (IoT)” methodologies to deliver reliable, highly stable, fault-tolerant field operations without the limitations of conventional third generation SCADA-based automation implementations, including:
Local Processing. Prolora equipment implements robust local event handling and routine operations management. Typical field automation relies on remote polling with information relayed to remote processors that decide how to handle exception conditions.
Decentralized Data Management. Prolora uses a different approach to data management than traditional 3rd generation SCADA-based programs. With mission-critical data coming from a disparate mix of sensors, controllers and local data structures (some of which may be at nearby connected locations), Prolora avoids the typical 1:1 data mapping by using comprehensive data modeling and object-oriented programming techniques. Typical SCADA systems access data locally (or relays a memory image), requiring the remote HMI to bind its graphics directly to the data stored in specific field unit memory addresses.
Peer-Peer. Typical field automation operates in a single tasking, Master-Slave mode with the field units responding to remote commands using little local logic. Prolora’s peer-peer approach is more stable and resilient to failure as each Prolora field unit operates independently and follows locally assigned rules and logic. All data communications, including alerts, include the GPS location of the source of the message. Whether or not remote communications are available, the unit can decide to open and close valves and turn pumps on and off as needed much quicker and without having to be remotely directed. A superset of typical Slave device functionality, when needed, remote command and control can also change instructions or directly adjust settings and manage valves and pumps.
Inherently Multi-Pathed. Prolora’s field units maintain dual-carrier connections to instantly and automatically re-route data communications to users and remote servers in the case a Carrier’s network fails. Failover operates completely transparent to the field automation, cloud-based HMI and servers and the system’s users.
Independent, Battery-operated Design. Prolora’s mission-critical parts operate on a steady, internal 12-volt DC power source that does not fluctuate as nearby AC powered devices turn on and off. This innovative design utilizes the single-phase AC power source to maintain local batteries, while the batteries in turn operate the electronics. Typical automation relies directly on the 110v AC power source, which often fluctuates or can fail unexpectedly.
Insulated Electronics. It’s typical in rural oil field environments to experience power failures and high-voltage power surges that occur in a matter of milliseconds without warning. No solution blocks all power spikes. These surges often pass directly into the core electrical components, causing the most critical computing equipment to burn out, requiring costly repairs and extended down-time waiting on parts. Prolora’s architecture positions low-cost and readily-available electrical components in the “field of fire” to take any power surges. Repairing damage from power surges takes minutes, usually without the automation and production operations having been interrupted at all.
Security. Prolora’s control programs cannot be directly accessed, either locally or from the Internet. Our innovative design insulates the core automation operating environment – both running code and memory contents – from tampering or data snooping. Further, local access to the remote internet cloud is restricted to the Prolora HMI running on the Prolora servers.
On-site Spares. In the event of a critical component failure, Prolora’s core electronics panels can be swapped-out in less than an hour and several spare panels, batteries, and communications hardware are maintained on-site. If failures occur, equipment gets back-online quickly.