Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) is a control system architecture that uses computers, networked data communications and graphical user interfaces for high-level process supervisory management, but uses other peripheral devices such as programmable logic controller (PLC) and discrete PID controllers to interface with the process plant or machinery. The operator interfaces which enable monitoring and the issuing of process commands, such as controller set point changes, are handled through the SCADA computer system. However, the real-time control logic or controller calculations are performed by networked modules which connect to the field sensors and actuators.
The SCADA concept was developed as a universal means of remote access to a variety of local control modules, which could be from different manufacturers allowing access through standard automation protocols. In practice, large SCADA systems have grown to become very similar to distributed control systems in function, but using multiple means of interfacing with the plant. They can control large-scale processes that can include multiple sites, and work over large distances as well as small distance. It is one of the most commonly-used types of industrial control systems, however there are concerns about SCADA systems being vulnerable to cyberwarfare/cyberterrorism attacks.
The main objectives of the project are SCADA:
- Study and assess the current status of SCADA deployment (with an accent on Italy and Croatia);
- Evidentiating similarities and dissimilarities and assessing priorities in future SCADA testbed architecture;
- Proposing a novel architecture for SCADA component interaction modeling, based on cooperative agent negotiation, to bridge the usefulness of the software-as-a-service model with additional reliability and security;
- Formally and empirically prove the improvements in security, safety and resilience of this architecture over the ones commonly used
- Developing a common understanding of industrial needs and requirements regarding the security of control systems and the related standardization, accompanied by a raising awareness programme reaching all end-users.
- Identifying and disseminating best practice, possibly in a joint endeavor between manufacturers and end users, resulting in a joint capability and technology taxonomy of security solutions.
- Stimulating convergence of current standardization efforts. Liaising with international efforts and especially with the US Process Control Forum.
- Development and deployment of SCADA testbed platform for analysis of emergent phenomena in power systems.
Number of Class: 24
Course Fees: 15,000
Duration Per Class: 03 hour
- Introduction to SCADA
- Real time systems
- SCADA Security
- Field Communications
- Data Acquisition
- Operator Interface
- Remotes Terminal Units
- SCADA Applications
- Distributed Control Systems
- Process Historians
- OLE for Process Control (OPC)
- RTU/MTU Communications
- Sensors, Actuators and Algorithms
- Master Terminal Units (MTUs)
- Different type of SCADA Software