LSBU partners with top engineering consultancy to revolutionise SCADA infrastructure
26 June 2015
London South Bank University (LSBU) has
begun work on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with successful engineering
consultancy Firstco. The KTP will help Firstco to safely virtualise IT
infrastructure services that until now have been carried out at clients' location.
Firstco has built its success in the communication
and control infrastructure market by sending its engineers across the globe to
work at clients' locations to both supply new and manage current infrastructure.
With the development of the Cloud, Firstco now wants to virtualise its services
to offer better service to its clients.
"This project offers Firstco the opportunity
to develop their knowledge and expertise to ensure they remain the UK's leading
company in the field. With this expertise, Firstco will be able to offer new
services to their clients and win business in new areas," said Professor Dilip Patel,
Professor of Information Systems at LSBU and lead academic on the KTP.
KTP Associate Dr Sajid Nazir is working with
Professor Dilip Patel and Professor Shushma Patel to develop knowledge about
the virtualisation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
in secure environments.
"Firstco view this key partnership as an excellent means for developing
both our in-house capability and stronger ties with our academic partners at LSBU.
The KTP provides us with an invaluable opportunity to embark upon a challenging
research project, maintaining our status as a company punching above our
weight," said Mark Lazarides, Senior Engineer at Firstco.
initial meeting with Firstco, it was clear that this would be an interesting
and necessary project for the future of SCADA virtualisation. I look forward to seeing the benefits that
this KTP will generate for virtualisation services in the future," said David
Woods, KTP Manager at LSBU.