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What is a SCADA System?​

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (or SCADA) is a control system consisting of computers, cellular devices, routers, networks, and cloud software that monitors machinery and processes across your plant or scope of operations. SCADA gathers real-time data from machine sensors, empowering operators and field managers to take action without having to visit each and every machine and device in the field.

SCADA architecture requires consistent communication between the sensors in your machines and your central command center. MCA offers SCADA solutions with our cellular routers—with the ability to activate them for use on our gated networks for additional security—our RTUs (remote terminal units) and PLCs (programmable logic controllers) for the automation and control of system sensor data, along with our application cloud software.

Industrial Applications We Serve

Water Utilities

Most water and wastewater utilities today rely on SCADA systems to support the demands of operating and monitoring key points in their distribution infrastructure across their sites and facilities. Possessing the right hardware and software ensures the seamless and efficient operation of your SCADA system, connecting central operations to remote assets in the field, enhancing productivity along with the safety and security of your utility assets and operations.

Fire Station Alerting

When fire stations receive an emergency call, firefighters and emergency response teams need to mobilize as quickly as possible. Each step in the process from first receiving an emergency alert to first responders arrival on the scene is precious time not spent saving lives. Fire departments deploying SCADA systems within their stations greatly reduce response times by optimizing their system of alerts, as well as automating tasks that result in needless delays. 

Manufacturing 

Implementing a SCADA system in your facility boosts efficiency by equipping operators and managers with critical insights into the production process. The information generated from SCADA systems expedites data-driven decisions, leading to increased output, reduced costs, and an advanced control of your enterprise’s processes. SCADA provides instant notifications and automated responses to alarms. With an instantaneous understanding of breakdowns and other issues in the production process, operators and backup systems respond quickly to reduce equipment downtime and product spoilage. 

Our Solutions Offerings

SCADA RTUs and PLCs

Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) play an integral role in SCADA. As microprocessing devices, RTUs connect sensors and automation controls, allowing for the remote management of machines and devices in the field and at the station. SCADA systems must maintain complex industrial applications and processes over numerous assets, and RTUs/PLCs support the connection of assets across operations to enhance enterprise productivity and safety. With their modular design and customizable features, our devices pack the powerful processing punch that SCADA systems require.

Rugged Cellular Routers and Antennas

Utilities often operate sites in off-grid locations with reduced access to connectivity. SCADA system components operating in remote and harsh environments need secure and reliable connectivity to operate at optimal efficiency. With IoT-compatible routers and antenna kits we enable communication between central operations and key points within your distribution infrastructure – near or far.

Secure Private LTE Networks

Cybercriminals are actively seeking access to SCADA systems. Hackers have penetrated the computers of oil and gas companies, utilities, and industrial plants across the United States. MCA has a response in Motorola Nitro, a completely secure and private wireless broadband platform designed to keep your data and equipment safe.

Cloud Computing for SCADA

While many industrial plants and utilities have already introduced incremental cloud computing capabilities in order to manage the many devices and machine sensors that comprise their SCADA system, implementing enterprise-level software changes can still be difficult. At MCA, we will help you install and maintain the cloud software solutions best-suited to your particular needs in SCADA system computing.

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MCA provides service every step of the way—from evaluating your needs and configuring your equipment and communications networks, to the continued maintenance and monitoring of your SCADA systems.

Partner with MCA as your turn-key provider of SCADA solutions to ensure your automated processes and equipment function at maximum efficiency.

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