Universal Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (UniSCADA™) is the latest generation of universal web-based remote management, monitoring and data collection system, that ensures traditional SCADA functionality by smart use of possibilities offered by internet and modern IT, thus offering significantly cheaper and more convenient solutions. UniSCADA is a trade mark no. 011250099 registered in the European Union by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

Energy savings
If energy savings and cost savings are important for you, then UniSCADA combined with automation will give you the best results.

Flexibility and user convenience
Thanks to its flexibility UniSCADA suits well for the smart house solutions, as well as large facilities being a part of some infrastructure. You can use a computer or a smart phone to monitor and control your home, office or any other physical facility even from the other side of the world. In building management it is important to ensure that information reaches the possessors of the facility as quickly as possible. In addition to data visualisation, a web-based remote management system transmits important messages by SMS and e-mail and stores all data collected during the last 10 years.

Application areas of UniSCADA remote management and areas it is used already today:
–      smart house control (heating, ventilation, security system, etc.);
–      security and access systems (gates, traffic lights, cameras, weighs, etc.);
–      consumed electricity, water and gas remote reading installations (mainly in Finland);
–      access systems in ports (Virtsu, Kuivastu, Rohuküla, Heltermaa in Estonia);
–      equipment for water companies (control and monitoring of fresh water and sewerage water pumping stations);
–      smart street lighting control solutions (Tartu city)
–      long term testing of the properties of insulation materials (control of the internal climate of facilities, collecting and visualisation of test data);
–      installations for controlling and monitoring of climate chambers.

Examples of successful integration with the following external systems:
–      displaying of a temperature graphics of climate chambers with the help of a Google calendar;
–      use of location-based weather forecasting in preventive heat control;
–      combining of monitoring information and geo-information (AlphaGis);
–      using one alternative web-based monitoring application instead of Nagios.

Other application areas:
–      control of traffic lights;
–      smart control of boiler houses;
–      control of heating and ventilation systems at schools based on the timetable;
–      control of various facilities belonging to the public sector and private sector, remote management and monitoring, etc.

Technical description
Unlike some other web-based monitoring systems (in the name of which the term “scada” is used), in addition to monitoring functionality UniSCADA also offers other possibilities to control a facility via remote changing of settings or transmitting of orders. UniSCADA does not require installation of additional hardware, provided that the main controller of the facility is able to communicate with the central server based on the given protocol. Connected monitoring and controlling is always the preferred solution, if possible, but it is also possible to add only a monitoring functionality to the already existing facilities, where changing of the control system is not desired. UniSCADA communications requirements are modest – the cheapest GPRS-connection with limited speed and volume is completely sufficient for constant monitoring of near a hundred parameters.

Unlike traditional SCADA-servers UniSCADA server does not constantly question the facilities. Thanks to a bit of extra smartness added in the controller of the facility, the facility sends information by itself, if needed, and it works miracles in reducing the required traffic volumes. Also now there is no need for a static IP address in the facility. In addition the UniSCADA facility may use several different possibilities for internet connection, if needed – in case there are no other options, it is possible at least via two different mobile network operators.As for the UniSCADA server it is not important via which communication channel the information from the facility is transmitted to the server, it is possible to distribute information between several communication channels and several receiving servers, ensuring thereat extremely high dependability. Single communication channels are always the weakest points of such systems, but the use of several communication channels significantly improves the performance durability.

The advantages of UniSCADA are its flexibility and possibility to integrate it with other systems.At the moment there are approximately 200 facilities monitored by UniSCADA.Most of these facilities are located in Estonia, 35 are installed in Finland, Sweden, Russia and Holland.

From a technical point of view it is also possible to transmit information received by UniSCADA server to some other available alternative SCADA-system server.

You can find more information on UniSCADA webpage www.uniscada.eu.