"Smart" SCADA for Site and Data Management

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What IS SCADA ? 

Simply said, it is electronic equipment that combines with machinery in a fashion that will report certain information back to you for decision making purposes.  That information reported can come to your computers, smart phones, and every device that has either cell phone coverage or Internet access.

ANY combination of systems, structures, or operational infrastructure you have, and desire to monitor or control, would benefit from some sort of SCADA design.  SCADA stands for "Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition", and they range from very small to very large.

The most important thing is to not be "SCADAfraid", fearful of all the different computeried monitoring and control systems.  If you are, don't worry, you're not alone.  But, unfamiliarity with SCADA is no reason to despair, because our help and training will show you that it is easier to learn and use than you think.

We at High Sights can provide you with any level of assistance and training, so that you can fully understand and monitor your systems.  Please review this sampling of our projects and envision some automation equipment working for you.

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What IS "Smart" ? 

"Smart", as applied to SCADA, is the buzz word to explain that it can do more than "think" for itself.  The advanced capabilities of control equipment have proven they can now be programmed to respond to factors that they are monitoring locally, but what about far away?

For instance, if water levels are monitored and used to control gates or pumps at one location it is probably utilizing what we described above as "2-Way".  For several systems to function together, but separated by distance, even miles, the "Smartness" must be increased.  These units' SCADA needs to be programmed to observe the far remote station, evaluate that for use at it's own site, and make some control changes there.

 

An example could be where two (or more) sets of control structures are managing water in the same canal.  If structure "A" senses high water and opens in response to that, then the downstream structure "B" should open as well.  By programming these stations to be "Smart", then the downstream structure will know that the upstream has opened and open itself too.