Frequently Asked QuestionS

Here are some of the most common questions that the BaseRock team is asked. Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information.

What is Industry 4.0?

We’re in the midst of a significant transformation regarding the way we produce products thanks to the digitisation of manufacturing. This transition is so compelling that it is being called Industry 4.0 to represent the fourth revolution that has occurred in manufacturing.

From the first industrial revolution (mechanisation through water and steam power) to the mass production and assembly lines using electricity in the second, the fourth industrial revolution will take what was started in the third – with the adoption of computers and automation – and enhance it with smart and autonomous systems fuelled by data and machine learning.

When computers were introduced in Industry 3.0, it was disruptive thanks to the addition of an entirely new technology. Now, and into the future as Industry 4.0 unfolds, computers are connected and communicate with one another to ultimately make decisions without human involvement. A combination of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems make Industry 4.0 possible and the smart factory a reality.

What is cybersecurity?

Cyber security is how individuals and organisations reduce the risk of cyber-attack. Cyber security's core function is to protect the devices we all use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers) and the services we access – both online and at work – from theft or damage.

Can you give me advice on my systems without commitment?

BaseRock has been providing consultancy services for over a decade. While we are unable to perform in-depth analysis on a complimentary basis, we are always happy to discuss any requirement you may have and to help you to decide the next steps to take.

Do you have partnerships with any brands?

We are partners with many well-known brands such as HPE, VEEAM, VMWare, Siemens, Palo Alto, Microsoft and more. We utilise our partnerships to pass on value to our services and customers.

Why is IEC 62443 important?

IEC 62443 protects industrial automation and control systems from security breaches. If an attempt is successful, untrustworthy agents can gain access to sensitive data, disrupt or shut down the network, and even cause industrial systems to break down. BaseRock IT Solutions is a founding member of the ISA - Global Cybersecurity Alliance and sits on the advisory board for the standard.

What does IIOT mean?

The industrial internet of things (IIoT) refers to interconnected sensors, instruments and other devices networked together with computers' industrial applications, including manufacturing and energy management. This connectivity allows for data collection, exchange and analysis – potentially facilitating improvements in productivity and efficiency as well as other economic benefits. The IIoT is an evolution of a distributed control system (DCS) that allows for a higher degree of automation by using cloud computing to refine and optimise the process controls.

Do I need a support contract to work with you?

No, we do not require a long-term binding contract to assist you. Installation, design, project or any other professional service delivery work is undertaken with a simple agreement covering that specific requirement.