While many organizations have a corporate network to handle office data, a growing number of organizations have implemented one or more supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
Benefits of SCADA
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) was first developed in the ’90s but took hold in 2000 with the evolution of computer engineering. In the present day more companies are realizing its importance and implementing advanced monitoring control processes for both local and remote locations.
SCADA sensors report the status of critical components in the processing chain and then use program logic to make changes to the chain, while communicating to the control rooms. In specialized processing areas, such as chemicals, waterflow, and electrical currents, methods must be precise to maintain the integrity of the whole system.
Additionally, today’s SCADA system allows organizations to collect and analyze data from these devices and make adjustments accordingly to their operational infrastructure. Overall this helps improve efficiency, quickly address system issues, mitigate downtime, and make smarter decisions.
Strengthening the System
Cameras today have excellent magnification, resolution, and temperate measurements with the ability to zoom in and verify SCADA alarms. Visual and thermal camera sensors, partnered with advanced analytics, can help distinguish human threats, as well as abnormal processing situations such as a blown gasket on a pressure line. This continuous in-depth monitoring helps save time and money and can help prevent a full shutdown of the facility.
By combining network video with access control and intelligent analytics, critical infrastructures can protect the health and safety of their workers, the public, and the surrounding environment.
By integrating existing network cameras and video analytics with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) sensors and mass communication systems, security solutions now have the intelligence and versatility to address virtually any scenario from attempted sabotage to equipment failure and emergency evacuation. Convergint, partnered with Axis Communications, can help implement SCADA systems so organizations can better manage and optimize their operation facilities.