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SkyWave Introduces IP SCADA for IsatData Pro


20 June 2012

SkyWave Mobile Communications, announced the introduction of the IP SCADA service to work with its IDP series terminals designed for low power, reliability and ease of installation. IP SCADA allows IP-based point-to-point satellite communication connections between small remote sites and SCADA systems where leased lines, GSM, RF or satellite backhaul communications are unavailable, unreliable or cost prohibitive.

For many SCADA networks, implementing a monitoring system that includes visibility of remote isolated sites is cost prohibitive or impossible. With IP SCADA for IsatData Pro, SCADA managers can now remotely connect and communicate with these sites seamlessly over satellite using an IP connection and without any special knowledge or handling of proprietary satellite protocols. There is no infrastructure investment, no antenna pointing, no large solar panels – all the things that make SCADA connectivity in remote areas laborious, cost prohibitive, and often impossible.

“From remote data acquisition to industrial process automation, IP SCADA provides ubiquitous coverage to users with an affordable communication tool to monitor sensors and implement processes in small sites where availability or costs associated with implementation of other technologies was just not viable before,” said Jenn Markey, SkyWave Director, Product Management and Marketing.

In the case of the Oil & Gas, Water or Wastewater industries, IP SCADA is often the only viable solution due to the remoteness and size of the sites. Providing effective quantitative measurement of processes, detecting and correcting problems, and assessing trends at smaller sites enables the diagnosis of problems at the Network Operations Center (NOC); often eliminating the need to dispatch a technician. No longer are site alarms and events related to power outages, critically low battery, high temperature or flooding left unchecked thereby avoiding the site going out of commission and compromising the larger critical infrastructure network, resulting in significant costs and potentially penalties.