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Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) is an industrial automation control system that uses computers, graphical user interfaces (GUI), and networked data communications to monitor, collect, and analyze real-time data for the purpose of providing high-level supervisory management for industrial equipment in different types of industries and processes such as water/wastewater treatment, power, oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, transportation and many more.

  1. Who and Why Use Licensed Spectrum?

    SCADA was developed to be a truly universal means of remote access to a variety of local control modules. They might be from a variety of industrial processes, but SCADA allows access through standard automation protocols. A large SCADA system can control large-scale processes across multiple sites and work over large distances. Since wireless communication is an integral part of any SCADA architecture to operate properly, a licensed spectrum solution is best suited to implement these SCADA wireless links or networks for different user applications.

  2. Industrial Application

    Despite some concerns about security, SCADA is one of the most commonly used types of industrial control systems. This is because it is able to perform a supervisory operation over a variety of other proprietary devices seamlessly and quickly. When enabled by a licensed spectrum wireless network, SCADA systems are the ultimate tool to manage large-scale industrial work flow across multiple sites.

Using Licensed Spectrum for SCADA

  1. Regulation

    Customers often ask themselves whether they should get a licensed or unlicensed radio, but we believe that licensed spectrum is the only way to ensure security because it is regulated by the FCC.

  2. Dedicated

    Your application will be regulated by the FCC, meaning that you submit a permit and they tell you where on the radio spectrum to broadcast. Not only does dedicated frequency allow you to reduce interference, but it increases the strength for your SCADA and every device connected to it.

  1. Range

    Since the broadcast power is higher with a licensed spectrum, you won’t have the same line-of-sight requirements that would come with an unlicensed spectrum. It is better able to avoid obstacles, increasing signal quality as well.

  2. Reliability

    Using a SCADA system with a licensed spectrum makes the signal more reliable and less prone to interference from adjacent users. When you and your team are coordinating across multiple devices in multiple locations, you can not afford lost connections due to signal fading or interference. To keep things running smoothly for your SCADA, reliability is the most important feature a licensed spectrum can deliver.


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