The World Wide Web should be the ultimate global resource – but only apparently for certain industries, like Information Technology (IT). And, although Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Management Information Systems (MIS) and Man Machine Interfaces (MMI) are all SCADA-related, currently there’s no general SCADA web site as such.
Most of us starting with a web browser use a search tool, like Yahoo or AltaVista to roam around the Web. But to date, if you searched for SCADA data you’d have to spend a lot of time separating the wheat from an awful lot of chaff. Most sites only promote corporate products and certainly lack technical content. You’d also find some surprising meanings for the acronym, `SCADA’ – like the South Californian Automobile Dismantlers’ Association, for example!
Home pages of those Internet enthusiasts who have decided to build their own sites with links in the SCADA industry have been more productive – but they’re thin on the ground in the UK. Finding the technical or sales information you need would have been a nightmare, especially for the UK. Some sites, such as www.instrument-net.co.uk, provide good starting places, but the SCADA elements had to be laboriously hunted out.
So The SCADA Centre has developed www.scada.co.uk, with the intention of marrying all SCADA-related technologies with products and services in the UK. It’s aimed at allowing you to check, for example, product availability (drivers, hardware, etc), to catch up on the latest technologies and to download new software fixes and upgrades.
All links are hunted out individually and categorised by content, both technically and geographically. In addition, SCADA in the year 2000 is dealt with by a separately maintained area. There is no membership fee, and, for the benefit of the SCADA community, any vendor links may be published if submitted from the site.