Real-time management and viewing of SCADA information for smart water grids
A key component of a smart water network, SCADAMaster turns traditional offline analyses into extremely accurate, high-fidelity online network simulations — giving utilities the most cost-effective way of viewing and synthesizing SCADA and other real time telemetry data with network modeling and other enterprise applications.
Despite the widespread availability and use of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) or equivalent telemetry systems, water distribution and sewer collection network models are not continuously updated with real-time field data and their applications are generally confined to offline analyses. While these analyses can provide useful information for network design and long-range capital planning applications, they lack the predictive accuracy critical for operational and emergency event management. SCADAMaster provides accurate network performance and operational information from real-time data enabling control room operators to quickly and reliably assess the integrity of the network and respond to upsets, failures, and other non-routine situations.
SCADAMaster extends the utility of network modeling to encompass real-time field data driven simulations and predictive forecasting capabilities, making the distribution and collection of water more efficient and more reliable. SCADAMaster can be configured in a “read only” mode or one that enables bidirectional communication. When used in conjunction with IWLive and BalanceNet, the solution suite can provide optimized control schemes to the control room for operational review or send them directly to the SCADA system. This powerful setup enables problems to be detected before they become events, and reduces the risk of system or performance failure.
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems give utilities real time information about the status of their collection and distribution systems. Most SCADA systems are optimized to provide fast and reliable data directly to the control room — not to the planning level for decision support. SCADAMaster fills this void by cost effectively linking via an OPC UA/DA client to an existing OPC Server via a secure connection and warehousing the data in a configurable SQL Server relational database. SCADAMaster users decide which tags are polled and at what frequency, and are free to design a data warehouse that best fits their organizational needs. (OPC is the most widely used standard for collaboration by a number of leading worldwide automation suppliers working in cooperation with Microsoft. Originally based on Microsoft’s OLE COM [component object model] and DCOM [distributed component object model] technologies, OPC was created to facilitate interoperability by defining a standard set of objects, interfaces and methods for process control and manufacturing automation applications.)
Discover some of the many benefits of SCADAMaster:
- Complement smart water grids
- Add the richness of real-time field data to water distribution and sewer collection network models
- Provide continuous real-time model updating
- Automate online data driven network simulation
- Improve accuracy of network models and reliability of results
- Enhance network planning, operations, and emergency response
- Maximize cost savings
- Improve business efficiency