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Ian Verhappen | Senior Solution Architech | Willowglen Systems

Ian Verhappen is a Senior Solution Architect at Willowglen Systems, working on the development of the company’s leading edge, SCADA technology - SentientQ. Since the 1980’s, he has been involved in all aspects of the automation industry. He is a designated Certified Automation Professional and a Professional Engineer in 3 provinces. He is recognized as an ISA Fellow and a member of the Automation Hall of Fame for his work in development of industrial field networks.


Ian is actively involved in the development of standards, including the Canadian Mirror Committee for ISO JTC 1 SC41 Internet of Things, serving as a member of ISA’s Standards & Practices Board, as well as the Managing Director and Convenor for the development of the Intelligent Device Management Standards. Ian is also an international chairperson of IEC SC65C Industrial networks that oversees all fieldbus protocols.

Scott Greig | Senior Product Manager | Willowglen Systems

Scott Greig is a Senior Product Manager at Willowglen Systems where he leads and directs the development of the company’s disruptive technology - SentientQ.  He has a solid background in software development, leading teams of talented engineers on several large-scale, global software projects. Over the last decade, Scott has been instrumental in bringing ground-breaking innovations and new products to the industrial control market. He accomplished this by applying 15 years of experience in the triple A video game industry to the industrial automation industry.


SCADA Reimagined for the IIoT age

SCADA systems have been designed to integrate real time information from widely dispersed edge devices since their inception. Does this make them a 'natural' choice to expand that role to the IIoT realm?

SCADA has the potential to answer the question "What could you do with inexpensive, easy to add, IIoT devices that can be deployed by anyone who needs them, when and where they need them?" 

This presentation will discuss how a modern SCADA platform can answer this question with a resounding "Yes!" by addressing the key IIoT challenges, including:

  • order of magnitude increases in the number of devices

  • massive proliferation in the variety of devices to be connected across varied industries

  • wide variation in the capability of the edge devices from single task execution to traditional controller, AI capable processors, and local display devices 

  • large number of messaging formats and protocols and

  • the cybersecurity requirements of widely diverse and dispersed systems 

into a single integrated SCADA environment. 

End users, Integrators, and IIoT device developers will gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities IIoT brings while seeing how an integrated SCADA solution is core to being able to capture the resulting benefits.