Who we are
CDP Technologies AS
A vision to simplify control system development, create reusable and robust components and to increase testing efficiency resulted in the creation of the Control Design Platform (CDP).
The company is located in the center of the maritime cluster on the west coast of Norway. The system was initially used to develop mission critical real-time distributed control systems for use in the North Sea. CDP has since evolved to be suited for a range of industries and application areas.
CDP is developed by automation engineers for automation engineers.
The company history
The development of the CDP Framework was started in 2002. The idea of making a framework for advanced control system applications was established in the start-up Industrial Control Design AS.
The need for development of advanced control systems through a decade of struggling with modular, but limited PLCs on one side, and advanced real-time operating systems running on expensive, unexpandable hardware had resulted in a recognition of a need for a modular framework to fusion inexpensive, reliable hardware with software able to run advanced control systems.
Open source projects, web-based technologies and low-cost, high volume Linux enabled processors was gaining terrain with development of smartphones in 1998-200x. Companies like Matlab and National Instruments had provided high level tools, but were closely connected to hardware.
An open framework with the ability to interface virtually all kind of electronic hardware for control- and monitoring systems which and the ability to use high level programming languages to create the control systems for the future, was the goal.
When Rolls-Royce Marine (RRM) selected CDP as their common control platform in 2004, it was based on a thorough evaluation by external software and quality auditors. Overall performance, reliability, ability to be futureproof in addition to thorough inspection of QA system according to the TickIT SW standard was assessed.
Thousands of vessels have now been delivered with RRM equipment based on the CDP Framework.
The Challenge/From Framework to Studio
To be able to build advanced mission critical control- or monitoring systems, it was important to interface rapidly evolving hardware, develop protocols and APIs, software version control, ability to integrate open source projects and ensure secure interfaces and systems.
Built to last
The control- and monitoring systems of a machine or a factory is meant to last. Huge investments are made, and it is necessary to enable maintenance, extendibility and integrity of interchangeable hardware for 20-30 years. This was recognized as base parameters and built into the system architecture.
A new chapter – CDP Studio
From 2002 to 2010 CDP was licenced as a framework. It required higher level of skills in programming than traditional programming in PLCs, even though it was giving other advantages.
To enable increased volume of installed licences the users reported a need for an integrated development platform. Further simplification and control of development was required.
In 2010 the development of CDP Studio was started. The framework was still the same, but now integrated with a modern frontend, enabling creation of modern GUI, auto generation of code, integration with modern version control tools and real-time simulation.
To increase programming capacity, a separate company was established in Tallinn, Estonia, Availability of highly skilled programmers was key.
The acquisition of ICD Software by Seaonics in 2014 lay ground for a separation of framework and applications in the company.
In 2016 CDP Technologies was demerged from ICD Software and CDP Studio was launched.
P.O. Box 144
6008 Ålesund, Norway
+47 990 80 900
0160 Oslo, Norway
+47 990 80 900
Mäealuse 2/1, 12618 Tallinn, Estonia
+372 661 3199
+47 916 37 602
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