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AT DOES THE NEXT GENERATION OF SCADA HAVE TO FFER M irty


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and use the interface w operators to


more remote access. Going forward, remote operation may become the norm. We are already seeing SCADA beginning tomove fromPC screens to remote devices. In the future we could se e proj


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FEAT R E ATURE


WHAT DOES THE NEXT GENERATION OF SCAD A HAVE T O OFFER MANUFACTURERS? Thirty years ago industry pundiits were predicting the death of SCADA as a technology,


ng t e death of SCADA as a t chnology,


saying it would have no place in the plants and factories of the future. But, contrary to this, the technology has constantly evolved in line with user requirements, and indeed continues to evolve.. Paul Hurst, MD, Products4Automation (P4A) vendor of the Movicon SCADA Suite, explains what the next generation of SCADA will bring to the party


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Not on yl does this drive new levels of openness in the way SCADA is integrated with the plant automation and IT


infrastructure, it also massively simplifies the way communications are established with control devices.


OPC UA includes a large number of I/O drivers, so is capable of managing protocols of all the most widely used automation devices.


This vendor neutral approach also


delivered straight to the operator’s cortex. But for now the need is to put information on a screen and allo navigate through it


tomake control adj ustments . NEWINNOVATIONS NEW INNOVATIONS


What will define the next generation of SCADA then, and how will it continue to of plant integration ? In short, the key


and process control drive the evolution


innovations of this next generation SCADA are how it goes about collecting data and storing it so that it can be


aggregated, processed and transmitted to the screen for display.


The latest SCADA products are


platforms with a suite of modules and options rather than fixed hard-coded proprietary programs. This configuration makes themvery flexible and scalable. Further we are seeing important innovations in communications and networking, cross-platformcompatibility, database flexibility and visualisation. A key driver for modern


,


communications and networking is OPC UA (open platform control, unified


products will incre asingly be based on client/server architectures that use information models defined by OPC UA standards, exploiting the WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) technology in the communicat ions infrastructure.


extends to cross-platform compatibility, with next generation SCADA offering web client solutions using HTML5 technology. This makes it simple to enable remote access to field applications with guaranteed performance and cross- platform integration. Furthermore we are increasingly seeing dedicated apps specifically designed for smartphones and tablets, making it even easier to securely control and monitor plants and processes over the web.


Database flexibility is becoming increasingly important in SCADA


applications, and next generation products will use their own virtual file system(VFS) to render applications independent from persistent datamodels. This gives users the capability and flexibility to connect to relational databases, use cloud computing or use standard XML files on disk for historical logging and archiving process or proj


oject data. From a n operator interaction


perspective, perhaps some of the most important developments are in the visualisation capabilities of next


generation SCADA. New user interface concepts use the latest generation of DirectX graphics acceleration to fully exploit the exceptional quality of WPF/XAML (Windows Presentation Foundation / eXtended Application


architecture), and next generation SCADA Markup Language) vector graphics technolog y in 2D and 3D. This can make the visualisation of processes on the screen clearer and more intuitive. At the same time, today’s tablet and smartphone generation of users now expect features such as multi-touch and


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In next generatIn next generationion SCADA, a diverse


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symbol libraries now provide native supporprovide native support tto the very latest multi- ouch and Kinect user nterface technologies with Windows 10 styling and navigation


selection of objects andlection of objects and symbol libraries now


diverse bj


o the very latest multi- ttouch and Kinect user iinterface technologies with Windows 10 styling and navigation


Some of thismay sound futuristic, but all these functions and capabilities are available today in theMovicon.NExT SCADA platform. This was created using the best andmost innovative technologies to ensure users reap themaximum benefits fromsupervision, HMI, control and plant intelligence systems. The result is that theMovicon.NExT satisfies all of today’s emerging communications and interoperability requirements, while providing a platformon which users can build on the goals of Industry 4.0.


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FACTURERS?


IIn the future, we could see SCADA projections


n the future, we could see SCADA projections onto a pair of safetonto a pair of safety glasses or a virtual reality (VR) headset


glasses or a virtual reality (VR) headset


gesture control from the consumer environment to be standard within the plant control world. In next generation SCADA, a diverse selection of objects and symbol libraries now provide native support to the very latest multi-touch and Kinect user interface technologies 10 styling and navigation. ct further benefits too with


We can expe with Windows


technologies based on 64-bit.NET code to guarantee reliability, openness and performance. Plug-in models ensure full customisation integration of These framew


functional modules capable of guaranteeing rich and complete


supervision and user interface solutions with total openness and expandability .


orks can offer a full suite of new customised modules. of modular systems and


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