Data from industrial operations is commonly obtained through devices such as switches, sensors, and input/output modules. This data can also be obtained through higher level devices such as remote terminal units (RTUs) and controllers. The data makes its way to a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system, whose primary function is data acquisition and data logging. The SCADA system captures and transforms the data, which can be used for other purposes such as fault detection. An HMI (Human-Machine Interface) system is used to transform the data into visualizations such as graphs, data charts, pictorials, tables etc. Thus leading to an easier understanding from operators.
Digital transformation is a part of our reality today, with technology constantly developing and changing, using industry standard 64-bit servers for data logging is essential for future-proofing the system. Below are 10 modernized SCADA system features to keep your servers moving forward.
SCADA systems should be utilizing universal connectivity, which allows users to connect to any data system from anywhere. The system should also allow users to use business systems to integrate data.
2D and 3D Visuals
Your SCADA system should provide scalable and secure visualizations on mobile devices, browsers, and desktops at a fast pace. Also, it should support WPF and script-less HTML5 technology which allows for consistent visuals on pretty much all platforms.
Self-service KPI (key performance indicators) dashboards allow management to understand the big picture from an operational standpoint at any given time, and quickly. A few things this system also allows users to do include: dragging and dropping data, split screens, configure widgets, process points and trends and alarms, and leverage preconfigured gauges. At a very minimum, the SCADA system should provide on the spot display creation to visualize the data when it is needed and where it is needed.
Being able to visualize, summarize and aggregate energy consumption and usage in real-time is another feature your SCADA system can provide. Secure, mobile-friendly dashboards are used for energy monitoring, to make understanding the data easier.
SMS & Email Alerts
Most SCADA systems should at a minimum be able to deliver alerts via text messages or email, but most desirably would be able to distribute email, voice, text-to-speech, instant messaging and other collaboration platforms enterprise-wide. This means quicker access and communication to a larger number of people.
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