A One-of-a-Kind Garden of Testbeds
iTrust is the proud host of several world-class testbeds and training platforms. These testbeds and training platforms together constitute a one-of-a kind facility for research and training in the design of safe and secure large-scale cyber-physical systems. The interconnected testbeds support R&D, technology validation, international cyber exercises, education and training programmes towards the safety and security of cyber-physical systems. The following testbeds and training platforms are available to SUTD and its partners across the world. See below on how to make a booking request and the relevant charges.

 

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Training Platforms

  • Allen-Bradley – Rockwell Automation
  • National Instruments
  • Schneider Electric
  • Siemens

Makers and Users

The testbeds have been conceived and designed/built collaboratively by a group of SUTD faculty, international consultants, and engineers from public utilities in Singapore. Each testbed mimics, in a small but realistic footprint, the corresponding industrial process. All testbeds include industrial grade equipment offered by some of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers.

Notable aspects of the testbeds include segmented communications networks, wired and wireless communications, distributed dynamic control, interconnection among the testbeds, and complete access to the control logic inside the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and Human machine Interfaces (HMIs). Access to the PLCs and RTUs allows researchers to develop their own code and upload it in the controllers for experimentation. The testbeds make use of PLCs and RTUs from a wide range of vendors. Details are available in the description of each testbed.

Training Platforms

iTrust provides a variety of training platforms. These platforms support PLCs and RTUs from various vendors. Each platform comes with its own PLC/RTU and input/output devices such as pushbuttons, visual indicators, potentiometers, variable speed drive, etc.

The training platforms offer excellent opportunity for learning to program industrial control systems using ladder logic, structured text, and other programming notations. A rich set of graded laboratory exercises are available to assist in the creation of courses designed to impart training in the programming and simulation and operation of cyber physical systems.

The wireless communications in each training kit allows communications with controllers in the testbeds thereby enabling smooth transition of students from training mode to operation mode. 

Remote Access

Remote access to iTrust testbeds (SWaT, WADI and EPIC) is available to all researchers, government organisations and industry (“remote users”) during office hours (GMT +8). To facilitate the remote access, a VPN connection will be established to provide a tunnelled route into the testbeds’ operational network. From there, remote users will be able to access Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), Human machine Interfaces (HMIs) and the infrastructure of the Testbeds. To give our engineers sufficient time to set up the connections and your credentials, please make your remote access booking at least two weeks in advance, using the online booking system here. Instructions of setting up the VPN connection will be provided once the remote access booking has been made. Please note that the remote usage of the testbed attracts an additional 20% charge on top of the charge rates in Table A below.

Request for use of the Testbeds and Training Platforms

iTrust welcomes partnerships–local and international. Partners are encouraged to collaborate with iTrust researchers in joint research programs. Requests for collaboration may be sent directly to an appropriate faculty member.

All requests are subject to prior reservation and resources availability. Usage is non-exclusive and charges are as follows:

Table A: Charge Rates for iTrust Testbeds

Group Hourly rate1, 2, 3
Tier 1 (Private sector) S$900.00
Tier 2 (iTrust/ SUTD collaborators) S$600.00
Tier 3 (Research & Education Institutes/ Government and Public sector agencies) S$500.00
Tier 4 (SUTD) S$400.00

Table B: Charge Rates for iTrust Training Platforms

Group Hourly rate1, 2, 3
Tier 1 (Private sector) S$400.00
Tier 2 (iTrust/ SUTD collaborators) S$200.00
Tier 3 (Research & Education Institutes/ Government and Public sector agencies) S$150.00
Tier 4 (SUTD) S$100.00

1 Rates are subject to prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST), currently at 7%.

2 Charges are calculated in a 30-minute block, inclusive of set up of equipment by users.

3 The fees will be utilised to maintain the testbeds/ training platforms for costs incurred in up-keeping & maintaining of equipment, and consumables.

Engineer support will be available to facilitate software installation and setup of virtual machine, if required.

Booking Requests
To request for the use of a testbed or a training platform, please make a booking request hereThe request must be made at least 2 calendar days in advance. If there is an urgent need to use the testbed, please write in to itrust@sutd.edu.sg to request for an urgent booking. Please note the rental charges detailed in the table above before making a booking.