How Cloud-Based SCADA Systems Enhance Business Performance

Applied Tech Review | Thursday, June 16, 2022

New SCADA systems replace conventional systems to provide efficient results.

FREMONT, CA: Conventional SCADA systems usually have five or more hardware and software components. The more devices are installed, the more fabulous initial installation and ongoing operational costs will be. These systems are now needlessly complicated and antiquated. They also require manual firmware updates, which are easy to overlook, resulting in increased security concerns and the chance of system downtime.

SCADA systems hosted in the cloud are part of the broader Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). They provide a unified technological platform for easy implementation across all your activities, regardless of size. This streamlined SCADA system facilitates real-time surveillance and alarms, as well as remote visibility, and is easier to deploy.

Five ways modern SCADA improves operational efficiency

Advanced SCADA technologies allow operators to monitor site performance and plan maintenance without incurring the additional costs and resources that old SCADA requires. Here are five significant advantages of the new SCADA system to consider.

Drive process improvements: Unexpected disruptions have a negative impact on an infrastructure company's bottom line and can result in vast numbers of dissatisfied consumers. Operation managers can spot inconsistencies and hardware faults before they create a disruption of service with real-time monitoring.

Shorten response time: With so many partners and systems relying on smooth functioning, it's critical to have solutions that can promptly handle asset breakdown. Active notifications management is available on most modern SCADA platforms, allowing your operators to resolve issues without the need for on-site manual diagnostics. New HMI panels also give technicians access to a limitless amount of historical trend data, allowing them to make data-driven decisions quickly.

Control equipment from anywhere: Traditional SCADA restricts movement and asset data access. Cloud-based SCADA solutions allow you complete transparency and control over your operations. With mobile dashboards, your organization's important stakeholders may examine the current status of your assets and implement management with fewer on-site trips.

Reduce energy costs: Environmental Protection Agency states that drinking water and wastewater plants make for 30-40% of local government energy use. Unsurprisingly, more suppliers are putting sustainability first. SCADA systems provide real-time information on peak energy hours, pump run times, and water flows, allowing you to optimize run times, speeds, and total asset usage.

Streamline compliance and reporting: When you're in charge of numerous assets, the documentation mounts up quickly. The monitoring process is facilitated with a modular solution and combines information in a centralized, user-friendly HMI. Companies that provide equipment as a service can also give their customers the option of printing daily reports without manually collecting data.

SCADA solutions that are simplified allow for achieving more. SCADA should be adaptable enough to match the specific needs, connect diverse data on a single dashboard, and provide actionable insights to all critical stakeholders.

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