BRODERSEN were one of a number of suppliers that exhibited at the latest WITS EXPO 2016 held in Peterborough UK.
The Exhibition and conference was arranged by the WITS organisation committee in conjunction with Anglian Water and was very well attended by all the major water companies in the UK.
The main aims of the event were:
– For the Suppliers and Water companies to share experiences of the deployment phases
– Demonstrate the inter-operability between manufacturers equipment
– Present the future plans and developments for the WITS protocol
– Further develop working relationships between Suppliers and the Water companies
The WITS organisation, www.witsprotocol.org, was setup by a group of suppliers and a number of the UK Water companies with a view to develop a protocol that not only was used by all suppliers products, but that also included valuable functionality that the Water companies required.
Since its initial conception, a number of companies have subsequently embraced the WITS theory and developed products to further expand the variety of products that use the protocol.
The development of the WITS protocol originally selected DNP3 as the basis of the initial definitions, but more recent progress has looked to integrate MQTT and IoT into the offering.
Although these are early days in the future development of MQTT and IoT, some exciting progress was highlighted at the EXPO, and as one of the many protocols offered in the Brodersen RTU32 range of RTUs, the integration of WITS using MQTT would be the next logical step.
The event had a network in place to enable all the supplier products to connect to the various SCADA companies products and demonstrate the interface between RTUs and SCADA products.
BRODERSEN demonstrated their powerful RTU32 units with the WITS DNP3 protocol that are currently being implemented by both Thames Water Utilities Limited and Anglian Water Services under their respective frameworks.
The day was a great success and enabled both suppliers and water companies to not only further develop great working relationships, but to also gain an understanding of one another’s challenges and future needs.
The future looks great for WITS.