SCADA Explained

The primary purpose of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) is to monitor control systems from a central location. Our specialty is irrigation control systems and irrigation system design.

SCADA Elements 

There are three main elements to a SCADA system: RTU’s (Remote Telemetry Units), communications, and a user software system. 

Each RTU collects information and communicates that information to central location. 

The user software displays this information, archives the data, transmits alarms and permits operator control as required. 

Although communication can be by data cable, wire or fiber-optic, Carlyle and Company most commonly utilizes radio communication. 

Advantages of SCADA Control 

The major irrigation management advantages of Carlyle & Company's SCADA system include the ability to significantly reduce labor costs while achieving substantial water savings. Information can be centrally monitored and utilized without a need for cost intensive site visits. In a municipal water management or commercial irrigation system it is possible to save millions of dollars in labour and water costs.

Additionally, it is possible to reduce or eliminate expensive after hour emergency callouts.  A SCADA system can determine the nature and degree of a problem at the central location, and in many cases solve a problem immediately without requiring on-site personnel. As an example, irrigation leaks of any size can be rapidly detected and isolated by the SCADA system within seconds, eliminating emergency staff time and saving valuable water. 

Carlyle & Company SCADA systems also track water usage trends over time. This data can be used to calculate optimal water requirements, identify existing and potential weaknesses in a system and develop optimal responses to water resource challenges.

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