SCADA Is Changing—Here’s How

When talking about technology, fast-paced change is the name of the game. SCADA is no different. For decades, SCADA has been a critical piece of many automation systems, with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) only increasing SCADA’s potential value and impact in the automation field. But the increased inclusion of IIoT gives both returns and reservations: robust data source and sensor connection, with its web of cybersecurity concerns in tow. 

Data Sourcing’s Future

You’ve probably heard “5G” a lot lately. Commercials and other mediums have advanced it into almost common speech. But it’s much more than a marketing buzzword to sell cellular service. 5G will only grow our potential to gather data, making it easier than ever once its full capacity has been tapped into. 

5G, with its vast potential, also creates an opportunity for our problematic tendencies dealing with data to be laid bare. Many opt to stockpile immense quantities of data, with the justification that it might be put to good use some day. The inexpensive nature of 5G and cloud-based storage adds incentive to gathering immense amounts of data. 

However, this isn’t best practice—or even good practice for that matter. For one, there’s a significant opportunity cost associated with hoarding data. Unused data is practically waste, until it’s transformed into actual actionable insights. Not properly utilizing data leaves companies open to significant blindspots and gaps that can cost down the line, from productivity to profitability. 

Open Source SCADA’s Mark

SCADA architectures are being remodeled and remade across the board to adapt with this new technological wave. Specifically, OASIS and The  Eclipse Foundation are remaking MQTT and Sparkplug B, respectively. SCADA that supports MQTT is becoming the norm and “open architectures” are replacing outdated models to handle the ever-increasing stockpiles of data. In order to ensure that the different channels of SCADA can communicate, open-source data brokers are making themselves more available than ever to manage MQTT messagings. 

More options for data management, configuration, and monitoring are rolling out, nearly making it possible for individuals to start their own SCADA system. Nearly. 

SCADA and control systems suppliers still have a large part to play in supporting and managing these open-source systems. Suppliers still hold sway in ensuring the reliability of control systems and supporting new open-system standards, oftentimes through packaged SCADA solutions. These kinds of solutions are known for their reliability, which helps make them so marketable. It wouldn’t be good to leave vital profitable processes up to experimentation, whether that’s in-house or outsourced.

SCADA’s important and impactful nature necessitates ample consideration. Insourcing SCADA development requires knowing that personnel have the capacity—in expertise, resources, and time—to devote to keeping it online. There’s a lot to digest all around when it comes to SCADA, which makes expert know-how all the more valuable. 

Revere Control Systems: Evolving with the Times 

When talking about computer systems, including SCADA, change is inevitable. It’s important you work with experts in the industry who are used to keeping up with the constantly changing systems. 

At Revere Control Systems, we understand how projects go wrong when details are overlooked. We’ve been delivering safe turnkey solutions and standalone solutions for our clients for over 40 years. When you work with Revere, you’re working with an industry leader that’s backed by the confidence of users, contractors, and OEMS. 

Contact Revere Control Systems today and have our unmatched expertise in electrical, automation, information, and I&C construction at your disposal.