Survey says smart grid's next big growth market is... SCADA?
Quick take: SCADA growing, DMS growing. OMS growing, DMS/OMS combos growing (despite security concerns), IPv6 may have a long road ahead before it supplants DNP3 as the favored communications protocol. â€“ Jesse Berst
A survey of electric utilities in the U.S. and Canada points to the likelihood of "very good growth" for EMS, SCADA, DMS and OMS between 2013 and 2015, according to Newton-Evans Research. The firm says a large percentage of utilities it surveyed are planning upgrades or retrofits for SCADA systems.
There were other interesting insights from the interim report Newton-Evans just released as part of its global market assessment series on operational control systems. Other findings from the initial group of utility responses:
Â· Plans for procurements of new DMS and OMS are significant
Â· There is interest in combining DMS and OMS on a common platform, although cyber security issues are an issue for some
Â· Third party services are being used and relied upon to assist with NERC CIP compliance issues and for the conduct of vulnerability assessments
Â· DNP 3 continues to be the most prevalent operational data communications protocol with the survey group and will likely be for the foreseeable future