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At $70, a flexible controller for OpenICS. It has a web interface and three 12v channels.

We are now OpenICS.net.

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We are moving this site's content and mission to OpenICS.net which is shown below. I'll send individual invitations for the members here. Brett

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OpenICS pilot architecture.
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OpenICS are in discussion with Midokura for cooperation/assistance in our development lab.

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"Our problem right now is that we're so specialized that if the lights go out, there are a huge number of people who are not going to know what to do. But within every dystopia there's a little utopia."

Margaret Atwood

After reading her novels I decided to shift a large part of Facebook time to gardening.

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OpenICS and University of Houston

The OpenICS Foundation is a Houston-based nonprofit that’s building a low-cost, reliable architecture for process control operators. The design is based on the Purdue model, updated to take advantage of the reliability and flexibility of Software Defined Networking. For our members – currently mid-sized oil and electric companies – OpenICS means better security and reliability at lowered cost. It is 100% open source, based on OpenStack.

We have planned a competition called “War Games” for spring of 2017. The competition will pit college teams against each other to disrupt the other team’s automated operations. The individual teams will operate a production environment based on 2-3 projects. The projects are based on common hardware – probably Raspberry Pi. Unlike many “capture the flag” events, the OpenICS War Games is a 30-day competition, allowing time to develop attacks and defenses based on a common architecture.

In preparation for the War Games, we’re looking for some good ideas for small-scale automated industrial processes. Typical projects might be:
• Near-Earth Meteorology
• Remote Manufacturing
• OSMC Juke Box
• Irrigation
• Aeronautics

Each project must actively produce something usable for customers, generate event logs, track metrics, etc. We anticipate having six projects defined – with each team assigned two projects by a draw. The goal for each team will be to protect their projects, while attacking their opponent’s. Scoring will be specific to each project, including scores for innovative use of OpenStack, security improvements, etc.

Each OpenICS environment will include the hosted cloud portion, provided by Rackspace, and a plant network, built of 1u servers, a firewall and Arista switch. The overall architecture is being designed by Deep Insight Solutions.

In the short term, we are looking for some help defining the projects. We could use 2-4 college students who would like to experiment with the projects, and create parameters for the competition. This would be volunteer work, but the materials would be provided by contributors to the OpenICS Foundation.

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Big news for OpenICS. I'm anxious to see the kit up close.
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