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Where is SCADA Used? Examples of SCADA Systems
SCADA stands for supervisory control and data acquisition. You use SCADA systems and technology to manage a wide variety of gear. Typically, SCADA systems are used to automate complex processes where human control is impractical. This can include the challenges of proving 24/7 monitoring. Staffing logistics and costs can quickly create value for implementing basic SCADA control systems.
Systems where there are many control factors can also benefit from SCADA systems. Careful construction of rule-sets can assist system operators with routine management functions. Systems utilizing a master station to handle remote terminal units (RTUs) allow your human assets to focus on analysis and decisions.
Around the world, SCADA networks and systems control:
- Electric power generation, transmission and distribution.
Electric utilities use them to detect current flow and line voltage. They also use them to monitor the operation of breakers, and to take power grids on or off.
- Water and sewage.
State and municipal water use SCADA applications to monitor and regulate water flow, reservoir levels, pipe pressure and other factors.
- Buildings, facilities and environments.
Facility managers use SCADA to monitor and control HVAC, refrigeration units, lighting and entry systems.
SCADA systems manage parts lists for just-in-time manufacturing, regulate industrial automation and robots, and monitor process and quality control.
- Mass transit.
Transit authorities use SCADA protocols to regulate electricity. They also use it to automate traffic signals, to track and locate trains and buses, and to control railroad crossing gates.
- Traffic signals.
SCADA regulates traffic lights, controls traffic flow and detects out-of-order signals.