Video of MultiTrode R&D Manager Discussing Development of MultiSmart Family

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Paul Gibson, the R&D manager behind the revolutionary MultiSmart pump station manager, is in a video interview on the MultiTrode website. He openly talks about the challenges, successes and failures during the development of MultiSmart, Outpost2 and PumpView.

Paul Gibson being interviewed

We've used a lot of open source software, such as Linux, to get the device up and running.. we didn't want to use too much open source software, because in the end we still needed to test that software, to make sure it was robust for this industry.

The MultiSmart range of products from MultiTrode has been described as one of the best advances in water & wastewater technology in more than a decade. This video interview provides an insight into the technology platforms and the challenges of bringing such a powerful product to the market.

The MultiSmart pump station manager incorporates an advanced lift station controller, a flexible and open RTU, a PLC, voltage, energy and current monitoring and other control panel components - all in one unit. Paul Gibson describes how the 12 person MultiTrode R&D team started from scratch after throwing out over $1M of existing code development, and how they took a number of proven elements from other industries to create the MultiSmart architecture.

A lot of open source software, including Linux, was used, some code, like IsaGRAF and DNP3 was bought in, but most of the code was developed in house.

"We've used a lot of open source software, such as Linux, to get the device up and running.. we didn't want to use too much open source software, because in the end we still needed to test that software, to make sure it was robust for this industry."

Paul discusses how a project with 10 software engineers and 2 hardware engineers is kept on track, which parts of the project went well and which parts went badly. The user interface, one of the elements that really sets apart the product from others in the industry, was particularly challenging and consumed much more development time than expected.

The interview also covers the Outpost2 SCADA product, build around the MultiSmart capabilities, and PumpView, the hosted SCADA platform for smaller utilities. Outpost2 is built on Iconics Genesis32 and creates a platform with over 400 tags per site to open up the full functionality of MultiSmart at the SCADA end.

PumpView is built on Java and J2EE, MySQL and Hibernate and uses the cellular network to communicate with remote sites.

About the company:
MultiTrode, founded in 1986, is a specialist in pump station technology for water and wastewater utilities around the world. The company has offices in the USA, UK and Australia.

Contact:
Steve Carson, Group Marketing Manager
MultiTrode
+61 413 440951

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