The need for the water industry to evolve has never been greater. Organizations now have the capability to shift from their current state of only monitoring historic performance into a more proactive approach. New sensors, technologies, and applications are available to help with proactive monitoring, managing, and eventually automating many critical operational processes in real-time and across the entire network.
Cutting-edge, smart water solutions are gaining traction with water utilities as a part of growing reliance on data-driven decision making. Utilities are producing and accessing digital data at an unprecedented rate – some through supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Though a smart option, the existence of SCADA at a facility doesn’t necessarily optimize or maximize operations. The opportunities and capabilities that SCADA can achieve once integrated with Internet of Things (IoT) is largely untapped – until now.
Today, utilities are beginning to understand the benefits of an intelligent SCADA system in reducing costs, mitigating risks, enhancing customer experience, optimizing performance, and gaining efficiencies.
Utilizing SCADA in conjunction with the IoT will be a mainstream utility practice in the near future. By assembling these new technologies and equipment, and combining them with deep operational insight, companies like Jones|Carter – with our in-house experts – are empowering municipalities and utilities to anticipate, manage, and mitigate a number of risks. This equips organizations to:
- View the cost and performance of their assets in real-time, spotting risks and vulnerabilities before assets fail and customers are impacted;
- Make proactive decisions to improve customer services and mitigate environmental risks;
- Keep on top of the production costs of water every minute of the day;
- Offer cost-effective operational options in place of new infrastructure or capability; and
- Make the most of sensors and SCADA already embedded in assets.
In the past, SCADA systems were available to operations, maintenance, or other departments but not to the broader utility. SCADA has enabled supervision of the operational aspects of pump control, water flow, and the detection of system abnormalities. By utilizing the IoT to connect all SCADA systems, the health of entire reuse systems will be available to the utility to increase efficiencies, improve operations, and ensure optimum level of service. The benefits of connecting the SCADA systems to the IoT are tremendous.
The Jones|Carter team designs, installs, and maintains SCADA systems that improve performance, grow with facilities, and provide long-term stability and cost control. If you have any questions regarding implementing or updating SCADA systems, contact us.