SCADA: Big changes – From telemtery to data to infomation management

SCADA is changing rapidly, and the end users agree. In this Automation Minute videocast, CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes notes that the technology is in fact highly volatile, with many challenges and changes coming in the next few years.

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In this installment of Automation Minute, CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes shares with you some of the things he’s heard about the future of SCADA.

In January, 2007 CONTROL surveyed more than 100 end users who employ SCADA systems, asking them questions about what they want and need from suppliers in both the strategic and the immediate future. Boyes’ thesis is that SCADA not only is changing rapidly, but also that the technology is highly volatile, with many challenges and changes coming in the next few years.

As Boyes notes, SCADA and industrial control systems are the central nervous system for the vast array of sensors, alarms and switches that provide automated control and monitoring. These functions and systems are increasingly vulnerable to potential harm and require protection from malevolent cyber attacks or accidents. End users agree.

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