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Scheduling Data Collection with Kepware's New Scheduler Plug-In

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Scheduling Data Collection with Kepware's New Scheduler Plug-In

By Aron Semle

I have a 5 MB connection out to my remote sites in the field. For each site, I need to poll for status, alarm, and historical data. If I have one hundred sites, how fast can I poll each data set? How long will it take to send a control signal? Do I need to upgrade the connection? Downgrade?

Ever find yourself asking these questions? If yes, you are officially a SCADA geek—but you are not alone. In Oil & Gas, Water & Wastewater, and Power, remote facilities like wellsites, pump stations, and substations can number in the hundreds or even thousands, and remote monitoring of these assets results in huge efficiency gains to the business.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could run dedicated fiber lines out to each site, and never worry about bandwidth? Of course this isn’t practical, and instead we need to use technologies like radio, cellular, and satellite communications that are lower bandwidth and more costly per byte. As a result, SCADA owners are required to fine tune how and when they collect data from the field.

In this whitepaper, we’ll discuss scheduling needs and how the new Scheduler plug-in for KEPServerEX addresses them.

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