February 2011, Vol. 238 No. 2

Features

Spread Spectrum Communications For SCADA Systems

As oil and gas companies work toward greater automation and e-business solutions, the challenges of getting real-time, reliable data from remote locations continues to be one of the greatest hurdles. Today, there are many fine choices in electronic flow measurement (EFM) and remote terminal unit (RTU) equipment available. There are also many fine “bug-free” software programs to archive, audit, and display the collected data. The single-biggest problem remains communications. It is a commonly held belief that more than 80% of all SCADA system problems are communication failures. To further complicate the problem, the FCC-licensed radio systems that have been the back

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