Control Engineering Article from Transition Network Product Expert Helps Network Engineers Understand Fiber in SCADA NetworksMarch 22nd, 2016
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have undergone significant change since the start of the decade as companies move to modernize their systems, improve security and reduce networking costs. While many organizations are considering moving to fiber-optic networks for their next-generation SCADA systems, there is still a need to know more about network technology choices for building out these new networks.
To help build this understanding, we’re happy to share that our own Tony LeFebvre, Director of Product Management, has published an article titled “Understanding Fiber Optic Network Technology for SCADA” for Control Engineering Magazine.
The article discusses what it means to migrate a SCADA application from serial networking protocols to Internet protocol (IP) and how this is driving the need to use fiber-optic networks in these applications.
The article also provides an overview of ring and mesh network topologies, the two main topologies that should be considered for a fiber-optic SCADA network. In addition, the article goes into depth on the three main network technologies to consider in building a fiber-optic SCADA network, including coarse wave division multiplexing (CWDM), multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and creating a routed Ethernet/IP backbone network along with the benefits of each.
This overview of network technologies provides the information needed to deploy the network that is the best fit for your organization.