SCADA Market for Water & Wastewater: Running at Full Speed

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is a computer-based system used to gather and analyze real-time data. The growing trend of automation among industries is creating opportunities for the SCADA market globally. According to MarketsandMarkets’ report, the SCADA market is expected to reach up to USD11.16 billion by 2020. Moreover, the application of SCADA in wastewater management has been growing over the past few years and is set for a rapid expansion, as per a new report published by QYResearch Reports. The implementation of SCADA positively impacts the process, maintenance, and operations of wastewater management.

As per the findings of the research, SCADA systems have the capacity to minimize operating costs of wastewater management procedures while enhancing the system performance. SCADA systems identify any problems while processing the wastewater and also indicate the degree of the problems. Automated SCADA systems minimize the need to manually read, record, and update the data. SCADA systems record hundreds of logs, which can be easily downloaded and referred to by the operators. It is also possible to remotely access SCADA systems via an internet connection. The advent of smartphones has made it easy for wastewater management system operators to access the required process information. These are some of the findings of the report that prove that the global wastewater SCADA market is set for a rapid expansion. Additionally, the need to scale up the existing infrastructure in order to effectively cater to the increasing population has contributed to the higher adoption of SCADA systems in the water and wastewater industries, adds a report by Transparency Market Research (TMR).

“… Asia Pacific is expected to account for the major share of the SCADA market”

Over the next few years, the rising demand for large-scale technological upgrades in water utility systems, especially in developing regions such as Asia Pacific, will also provide impetus to the global SCADA market for water and wastewater industries. Emergence of technologically advanced products featuring improved set of functionalities and capabilities, development of components that are scalable and easier for integration with dynamic systems, and significant improvement in communication channels will lead to increased adoption of SCADA systems in the water and wastewater industries during the period from 2016 to 2024. In terms of revenue, TMR reports that Asia Pacific is expected to account for the major share of the SCADA market during the forecast period. To serve more effectively to the burgeoning population, water and wastewater industries in these countries have started utilizing SCADA systems on a large scale to upgrade the utility infrastructures. The water and wastewater industries in developed regions are already using SCADA as the core technique to manage the highly developed utility infrastructure of the water and wastewater industries. This will also propel the demand for advanced SCADA systems until 2024. On the other hand, various factors are restricting the growth of the global wastewater SCADA market. Security concerns might hamper the growth of the market, predict QYResearch analysts. However, with the advent of modern technology, improvements in the SCADA systems, and the rising awareness about implementing secure SCADA systems, organizations are able to take care of the security issues. Advanced technology is helping companies design, develop, and implement a wide variety of security measures within SCADA networks. With HTTP security, firewalls, password protection, authentication, and virtual private networks, wastewater SCADA systems have become safer over the last few years.

Dana Hani
Content Editor & Researcher
CPH World Media