Written by Patricia Skinner
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SCADA is an acronym for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. SCADA systems are used widely in industry for the acquisition of industrial processes data. This type of system has grown from a pretty basic theory into a series of systems that are impressive for their scalability, meaning that the system can be added to by any number or type of components at any time. They also have a high level of functioning and performance.

Uses of SCADA Systems

SCADA systems are mainly used for the supervision of another system in the industrial world. They have been commonly used for steel making plants and power generation plants, both conventional and nuclear. They have also been used successfully in some experimental plants, particularly those of nuclear fusion.

Essentially a versatile computer system comprised of both hardware and software, SCADA operates on a wireless basis so that remote objects and systems can be monitored without the need for inconvenient and expensive cables. They can be configured to feature "data tractors" which can be used successfully in heavy interference areas where there are concerns for the integrity of data collected in view of this interference.

Employing SCADA systems is usually fairly straightforward unless there are security concerns. In this case, you need expert help. Wireless technology is particularly vulnerable to hacking and interference, and in certain sensitive industrial capacities, security must be made a high priority. SCADA systems can be operated from a PC, server, laptop or even a palm device, giving controllers and administrators the greatest degree of mobile power.

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