Sometimes it can seem like operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) live on two separate planets, especially where data retrieval is concerned. But as Industry 4.0 develops, a business’s continued success is tied to how well both OT and IT staff can access data essential for decision-making and efficient plant procedures. SCADA may provide the bridge needed to retrieve vital data and remain competitive.
Linking Software and Hardware
Oftentimes, a jumble of legacy and new equipment share space on a plant floor. That reality means that smooth integration is critical to getting the data you need.
For some, the answer lies with SCADA. Its ability to connect and network multiple data source points, from both software systems and hardware units, sets it up as a prime bridge between OT and IT. It’s also noted for its flexibility, with its capability to mature alongside state-of-the-art systems.
As an example, some have pointed to OPC UA (an OPC Foundation intermachine communication protocol for industrial automation) as a model link between OT and IT. But even its work would fall short without SCADA handling the flow of data, especially with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) approaching near industry-wide usage. SCADA bridges together the distinct realms of OT and IT, collecting real-time data, distributing it, and dispatching it to systems where it can be read and utilized.
Some have come to herald SCADA as the critical link between OT and IT, especially since it can effectively parse raw data and output clear-cut, informative graphical insights. With its Cloud-based applications, SCADA carries not only on-demand connectivity, but widespread accessibility to boot. This has helped further cement its effectiveness in industrial automation.
Now, we know what you’re thinking—don’t cybersecurity concerns play a part in all this? Doesn’t it kind of come with the territory? Short answer: yes. Longer answer: yes, but there are things you can do to mitigate risk.
For instance, with proper planning and protocols in place, cybersecurity risk can be curbed substantially. The same is true when you have experienced automation cybersecurity experts to call on. Put them together and you have a coordinated resolution to thwart threats. Revere specializes in both of these mitigation tactics, offering value for you in virtually all respects.
How Revere Bridges Your Gap in Automation Technology
Whether through SCADA or another source, increased industry production demands make one thing clear: your plant or business needs well-integrated automation solutions that connect to and talk with one another, offering real-time data that’s accessible and applicable. That’s the only way you can ensure you’re getting the most up-to-date information, optimal plant efficiency, and full OT/IT compatibility.
Revere Control Systems specializes in state-of-the-art automation solutions industry-wide. We can help link up systems, streamline processes and reporting, and boost your plant’s overall ROI. Connect with us, learn more about our suite of services, and check up on what’s trending in automation.