Guest Column | December 23, 2021

Advances In SCADA Systems To Address Complexities Of Water And Wastewater Management Sector

By Pragati Pathrotkar


Analysis by TMR on the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) market

Predominantly, rising investments in infrastructure for water and wastewater fuels the growth of SCADA market for water and wastewater management. Furthermore, increasing complexities in maintenance and management of water and wastewater facilities is creating opportunities in the SCADA market for water and wastewater management. The deployment of SCADA provides operational efficiency in water and wastewater management. This is compelling for several governments to deploy technology-based processes for wastewater management and thus have formulated regulatory framework for monitoring and controlling water and wastewater services.

Supervisory control and data acquisition systems are integral of industrial process for the modern society such as electricity transmission, water distribution, transportation of oil and gas in pipelines, and water distribution. SCADA systems allow operators to change set points, change alarm conditions, and set up necessary logs for later analysis. The constituents of SCADA systems usually communicate through a maze of wired and wireless technologies and may operate on proprietary protocols.

Technically, by definition, SCADA is a computer-based system for gathering and analyzing real-time data to monitor and control equipment that deals with critical and time sensitive materials.

The service component segment exhibits supremacy among other segments in the SCADA market for water and wastewater management. The service segment held more than 55 percent share of the market in the recent past. The rising demand for SCADA systems for a number of applications, which includes consultation services, installation services, and maintenance and support services account for the growth of service component segment.

Asia Pacific is emerging as a key region in the SCADA market for water and wastewater management. The increasing investments for the upgrade of water and wastewater management systems in emerging economies of the region is propelling the SCADA market for water and wastewater management in the region. Nonetheless, North America continues to remain the leading region that held 33 percent market share in the recent past. Furthermore, rising adoption of cloud-based SCADA for water and wastewater management will accentuate the share of the region in the years ahead.

Integration With Next-Gen Technologies To Expand Growth Frontiers

SCADA is an integral component of control systems engineering. Strides in Industry 4.0 have also accelerated the pace of development of new technology in the SCADA market for water and wastewater management. The use of data making for smarter business decisions for essential function systems in the modern society significantly influence the deployment of SCADA systems.

The advent of new IoT platforms in the recent past has spurred growth in the SCADA market. The adoption of SCADA systems has gained more significance during the COVID-19 pandemic due to rise in the number of malicious attacks on critical industrial networks. This has aroused the interest of stakeholders in the SCADA market to make the ecosystem prone to ransomware attacks. Consequently, players in the SCADA market are keen to spur the use of automation technologies to keep production rolling at a decent pace.

With increasing number of industries and commercial establishments deploying SCADA systems, the susceptibility to ransomware attacks will go up. Insights on industrial processes at a granular level will another key attraction for the adoption of SCADA systems.

Healthcare, Energy Sectors To Emerge Key End Users

The unprecedented demand for real-time processing of data in the energy sector is creating opportunities in the SCADA market. Rapid technological growth and swift outlay in the energy sector emphasizes the importance of a remotely controlled system for managing data within the sector. Besides this, industrial applications and processes can be automated without much hassles via SCADA technologies. Therefore, SCADA systems help organizations, companies, and industrial units accelerate industrial operations and improve the manufacturing capabilities.

The healthcare sector is another significant end user of SCADA systems. Electronic health records have today become an important component of functioning of large healthcare institutions. The use of SCADA fortifies how electronic health records impart a sense of integrity and coherence in the way healthcare centers function.

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