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05. 18. 2018

How Eliminating Custom SCADA Networks Keeps Costs in Check

Understanding the use of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks is essential and modern facilities management. For maintaining power substations to sub- load metering, custom SCADA networks improve facilities automation, including monitoring and control, reports of Electricity Today Magazine. Custom SCADA networks reflect the single pane of glass methodology and facilities management, and when paired with the use of software-as-a-service, Facilities Managers can gain one-stop control over all systems through open-source software.

How Do Custom SCADA Networks Impact Profitability?

Custom SCADA networks often carry high investment costs. For example, a business seeking to implement a custom SCADA network may need to upgrade computer terminals, modify minimum system requirements, train staff on how to use the new system, and deal with perpetual upgrade costs. Unfortunately, implementing an on-site solution that uses custom SCADA networks is inefficient and increases facilities spend.

Facilities Managers Can Leverage Open-Source, Modern SCADA Networks to Boost Profitability Too

The modern application of custom SCADA networks has the potential to dramatically boost profitability and streamline facilities automation and control. This capability derives from the use of cloud-based computing technologies, reports PC World, allowing software vendors to develop and make available subscription-based systems. This eliminates the costs of maintaining custom SCADA networks, and since third-party vendors have a vested interest in producing the highest-quality software that provides real-world savings and result, businesses can rest assured that their systems operate within the highest standards.

Furthermore, cloud-based systems are extremely versatile, adapting to the unique needs of each user, and the technology is scalable. Instead of facing unrelenting costs to upgrade and expand in-house, custom SCADA networks, Facilities Managers can use modern SCADA networks, says the CloudExpo Journal, the so-called “single pane of glass,” to reap the benefits of SCADA without its traditional upfront costs.

How to Use Custom SCADA to Develop a Single Pane of Glass for Facilities Management

Implementing and using a custom SCADA network to develop a single pane of glass for facilities management can be tricky. A misstep could result in lost opportunities for improvements to efficiency and greater implementation costs. In general, Facilities Managers should ensure all new buildings and construction have existing systems that can cannot to custom as CAD networks. In other words, Facilities Managers should ensure their facilities use devices and systems that connect to the Internet of things. However, obtaining C-suite approval for the implementation of the modern, custom SCADA network to take advantage of the single pane of glass can be difficult. Therefore, Facilities Managers should follow these steps:

  1. Take advantage of wireless technology.
  2. Upgrade Wi-Fi routers and connection access ports.
  3. Conduct a thorough analysis of the potential savings versus costs for implementing a cloud-based, custom SCADA network.
  4. Use analytics to uncover future savings after implementation.
  5. Make data actionable and easy to understand.
  6. Give stakeholders informed.
  7. Retrofit facility assets and environments with sensors and technology that can be used in conjunction with or by cloud-based SCADA systems.
  8. Consider outsourcing account management for better use of the single pane of glass.

Implement a Proven, Reliable Smart Building System Now

The world is growing smarter, and even the most experienced Facilities Managers will struggle to meet expectations with tightening budgets, demanding consumers, and unrelenting growth of responsibilities. Instead of trying to manage facilities manually, Facilities Managers can unlock greater savings through the single pane of glass by implementing cloud-based, custom SCADA networks. In fact, ENTOUCH.360 is a type of managed services that uses custom, cloud-based SCADA networks to improve facility management controls. Find out more about the possibilities through custom SCADA networks, including ENTOUCH.one and ENTOUCH.360, by visiting ENTOUCH online. If you’re in a hurry, give us a call at 1-800-820-3511, and one of our representatives will be happy to provide more information.

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