Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mobile Technologies: Driving Next Generation Communication Systems

Posted by Erik Dellinger

Mobile technologies are driving the next generation of centralized monitoring and communication systems, especially in the Agricultural industry and in other industries whose remote locations span vast acreage. Instead of physically visiting a remote site and wasting precious response time, engineers can respond instantly to alerts, alarms, or isolated changes in system performance with a few taps on their Smartphone, iPad, tablet PC, or computer connected to the Internet.

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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) like the water flow meters on each control panel and at each geographic location can be deployed wirelessly to deliver alerts, alarms, and device performance data to a centrally-located SCADA system. The Web server residing on the SCADA PC allows engineers to monitor the entire system from any Smartphone, tablet PC, or computer using remote desktop. It can also be monitored from any location over the Internet using a VPN connection and remote desktop.

Kepware recommends OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) as the preferred communications standard in this type of remote monitoring scenario. However, OPC Classic can be used just as effectively, as was the case with SeVein Water Association. Regardless of the standard that is chosen to support the system, Kepware’s KEPServerEX communication solution makes it easy to connect all of the disparate devices and applications for remote monitoring across multiple locations. As a result, engineers can take full advantage of mobile technologies—accessing system data faster and responding more efficiently to problems at any geographic location before they become critical.

Learn how the SeVein Water Association uses Kepware’s KEPServerEX in its remote irrigation monitoring system to ensure water flow to 2,700 acres of vineyards in Oregon that produce some of the finest wines in the world.

Download the SeVein Case Study