By Perrine Parrod, M.S., M.B.A., Senior Product Marketing Manager, Water
Traditionally, water system operators have relied on SCADA systems to provide insight into their networks. However, while SCADA systems have many benefits, they also have limitations. For instance, they do not allow operators to foresee the consequences if operations are altered in the future, and they require a sensor at every location from which data is required. While operators could theoretically go out in the field to test a different operation and examine its results, in reality this is generally unfeasible as it could have considerable negative consequences and can also be very time consuming and costly. Generally, operators need to have a clear idea of the consequences of altering any operations within the system before making these changes.