Definition: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Communications Network
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Communications Network
SCADA communication networks are used to control geographically dispersed devices. The electricity grid has employed them for 15 years; smart grid implements SCADA more extensively both in geographic density and automated control of distribution system functionality. "SCADA systems are highly distributed systems used to control geographically dispersed assets, often scattered over thousands of square kilometers, where centralized data acquisition and control are critical to system operation." NIST Guide to Supervisory and Data Acquisition - SCADA and Industrial Control Systems Security (2007).
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