Video: Where is SCADA Used?

Where is SCADA Used?

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 understandable challenges of proving 24/7 monitoring. Staffing logistics and costs can quickly create value for implementing SCADA systems.

Systems where there are more control factors or faster-than-human control factors can also benefit from well-designed SCADA systems. Careful construction of rule-sets can assist system operators with routine management functions. This allows your human assets to focus on bigger-picture analysis and decisions.

Around the world, SCADA systems control:

  • Electric power generation, transmission and distribution.
    Electric utilities use SCADA systems to detect current flow and line voltage, to monitor the operation of circuit breakers, and to take sections of the power grid on or offline.
  • Water and sewage.
    State and municipal water use SCADA to monitor and regulate water flow, reservoir levels, pipe pressure and other factors.
  • Buildings, facilities and environments.
    Facility managers use SCADA to control HVAC, refrigeration units, lighting and entry systems.
  • Manufacturing.
    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 to regulate electricity to subways, trams and trolley buses; to automate traffic signals for rail systems; 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.