With the wide range of Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) currently on the market, SCADA system engineers and decision makers face several challenges.
Complex processes demand a high degree of system-level intelligence. A vast majority of large infrastructure and industrial scale ventures use Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. The Power Utility industry alone uses SCADA at more than 50% of their installations.
SCADA systems provide monitoring, control, and automation functions that allow the enterprise to improve operational reliability, reduce costs through eased work force requirements, enhance overall Quality of Service (QoS), or meet expected QoS or other key performance factors as well as boost employee and customer safety.
Key examples of SCADA applications include:
Public or private infrastructure
- Water treatment and distribution
- Wastewater collection and treatment
- Electrical power transmission and distribution
- Oil and gas pipeline monitoring and control
Industrial processes (continuous, batch or repetitive)
- Remote monitoring and control of oil & gas production, pumping, and storage at refineries from both offshore platforms and onshore wells
- Electrical power distribution from nuclear, gas-fired, or coal
We provide electronic and software system design and development for advanced energy data collection, communication, and management systems including ruggedized computing and communication devices for intelligent RTUs that require very high performance and system-level intelligence expectations that standard PLCs cannot meet.
Low-power wireless systems, integration with legacy protocols, cellular data transmission systems, as well as emerging communication network standards all play a part in creating the next generation of SCADA systems.
Our engineering team has delivered completed systems, components, and software modules for use in SCADA applications. Our royalty-free WaveCaster™ Software Defined Radio Intellectual Property offers many possibilities for communication flexibility with SCADA systems.
With the rapid expansion of remote site monitoring and control, three critical industry business trends have recently come into focus:
- System performance and intelligence
- Communication flexibility
- Configurability and reduced costs
At the technical level, several requirements currently influence the SCADA specification process:
- Local intelligence and processing
- High-density, fast, highly accurate I/O modules
- Strict adherence to open standard industry protocols (Modbus, DNP3, DF-1)
- High-speed communication ports
- Broadband wireless and wired lP communications
- Robust protocols
- Protection of critical infrastructure
Contact us to discuss your SCADA system requirements.