Hagiwara Sys-Com, a producer of industrial and consumer flash memory applications, unveils “Vaccine USB,” a virus detection tool for a host of industrial computers ranging from audio/visual equipment, airport kiosks, robotic assembly line controllers and test and measurement devices, the firm says in a written statement.
Because of the limited central processing unit power and available memory of many industrial process computers, constantly running a real-time background virus scan is not feasible, Hagiwara says. Most of those systems are not pre-loaded with an antivirus solution, and often are not internet accessible, preventing any virus definition updates, the company adds.
In addition, Vaccine USB requires no software installation, and results in zero slowdowns in process performance, says Hagiwara, and Vaccine USB’s scan on demand is powered by McAfee engine and enables portable virus detection, so facility internet technology and floor employees can proactively identify and manage threats.
Vaccine USB works seamlessly with computers running Windows operating systems including XP Embedded, a popular platform for industrial computers, Hagiwara says. Upon insertion of Vaccine USB, the virus scan program stored on its emulated CD-ROM partition will “auto-run,” which is a significant benefit for industrial computers that may lack a keyboard, mouse or monitor. The Vaccine USB default is set to perform virus “scan only,” but can be configured to “scan and remove” the infected files as well. The scan results are provided by LED light, and a detailed scan log is stored on the device, the firm says.