Study of pipeline SCADA spending reveals a mature industry

Research last year by the Newton-Evans Research Co., Ellicott City, Md., targeted the worldwide petroleum pipeline industry's use of and plans for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.The study included information from surveys and use profiles of more than 165 transmission pipeline operations and gas utilities in 21 countries, said the company.The pictureFollowing are some of the highlights of the findings:According to industry participants interviewed, about 75% of the world's operating pipelines of more than 25 km are controlled by a computer-based SCADA system. These systems include as many as 70,000 remote terminal units and programmable logic controllers ...

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