Category Archives: SCADA

Cloud SCADA vs Traditional SCADA

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During these trying times for the oil and gas industry in the United States, cost saving initiatives and efficiency are top of mind for nearly all businesses. However, advances in technology have allowed companies to save money and manpower to run their oil and gas businesses. In this article, we will explain how changes in SCADA technology, specifically the movement to a cloud-based system, have revolutionized efficiency for business in both oil and gas, and other industries. Background of SCADA Systems In case you’re not familiar with the term, SCADA is an acronym that stands for “supervisory control and data…

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5 Ways Technology Can Increase Oilfield Security

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Oilfield theft is, and has been, a pervasive issue that haunts the energy sector. While the crime is longstanding and widespread, only recently has the dialogue began to open up a little bit more about the size of this problem and the things we can do to combat it. Figures estimate that the losses due to oilfield theft, nationally, hit a low estimate of 1 billion dollars to date, though the many unreported incidences of theft suggest that the number may be much higher. Oilfields make an easy target due to their remote nature, which has owners asking – How…

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Cost Saving with Oil and Gas Automation

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2015 has been a tumultuous time for the oil and gas industry. Not only have depressed commodity prices created a state of uncertainty, but pressure on the employment sector of the industry is coming from many directions. On the one hand, companies are forced to rationalize headcount in line with operating levels and bottom line economics. They also have the opposing need to recruit and train new sources of skilled labor as a significant level of the existing workforce is at the threshold of retirement. This situation seems a bit precarious, but there is hope in the emerging field of…

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Cellular Based SCADA System as a Service

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Existing Cellular Infrastructure Supports Millions of M2M Connections The national 3G/4G carriers have made a huge investment in network expansion and technology improvements over the past few years with Verizon and ATT together spending over $13B in 2013 alone. These upgrades have enabled a myriad of new high-bandwidth internet services and devices including many cellular-based Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications. In fact, there are now over 60M cellular M2M connections in the U.S. with this number expected to exceed 100M by 2016. Much of this investment by the carriers has taken place in rural and remote areas opening new possibilities and capabilities…

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What is SCADA SaaS?

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What is SCADA as a Service℠? SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) refers to industrial control systems at the core of many systems deployed by industries that we come in contact with everyday such as water, transportation, manufacturing, and even oil and gas.  SCADA systems are used to gather, monitor, and analyze critical data which is usually managed by a centralized control center. These systems are complex because they include a myriad of hardware and software components using differing communication protocols and require a number of outside vendors and specialists to integrate the technologies and are thus very expensive to deploy…

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