When creating SCADA specifications, engineering firms must focus on meeting the immediate start-up and operational requirements of the SCADA system. This often means specifying products with which they are familiar. The engineer wants to ensure that the new system meets all start-up requirements at a reasonable price. It is often difficult to look past the immediate project and consider long range plans, cost of system maintenance, and keeping your SCADA application current with evolving technology.
It is up to you, the end user, to share these important considerations for your SCADA system during the planning process. The following questions may help you ensure that these decisions will optimize your long-term SCADA strategy.