SCADAWatch V5.0 Delivers Next-Generation Big Data Technologies

Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the release of the V5.0 Generation of SCADAWatch. This powerful “out of the box” network data management and business analytics and optimization solution for water systems turns traditional offline analyses into near real-time actionable intelligence, supporting better, faster decision making and delivering insightful recommendations at key operational touchpoints.

SCADAWatch equips utilities with the first-ever scalable framework for proactively viewing, sharing and analyzing water operational information, key performance indicator (KPI) measures and hydraulic and water quality data in motion and with historical trending. Results are presented on a real-time business dashboard over a standard Internet connection. The solution automatically generates comprehensive, high-fidelity performance reports to help utilities develop the optimal course of action based on specific performance objectives. Overall performance of all critical assets can be displayed both in real time and on a periodic basis (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or year-to-year overview).

SCADA systems give utilities real-time information about the status of their water supply and distribution systems, including Web-based trending and alarm and event aggregation. While most systems are optimized to provide fast, reliable data directly to the control room, they cannot deliver to the analytics level needed for decision support and business process optimization. To create these day-to-day business analytics, water utility operators must manually extract, piece together, comprehend and analyze static data. Using SCADAWatch, operators can eliminate these complex offline analyses challenges, instantly optimizing business processes from the control room using high fidelity, real-time data and analytical techniques such as business rules and statistics. This approach provides better leverage without impacting existing systems.

SCADAWatch greatly extends the power of water utility operators and asset managers to support business process management by converting data from any source into informative knowledge and consolidating it in one central place, then using self-adaptive processes and fully-customizable real-time business dashboards to gain an accurate view of real-time business performance. It enables water utilities to save time by monitoring their asset performance — and every factor from uptime to analytics — 24/7. They can instantly see where improvements can be made, react faster to important events and identify opportunities to drive operational efficiencies as they happen.

Users can also gain high visibility of past asset performance for historical comparison. For example, operators can determine non-revenue water for the overall system or by pressure zone; summarize daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and annual water consumption; determine maximum, minimum and average pressures; and extract other business performance indicators — all with the click of a mouse. These capabilities bring business intelligence into the interaction processes of the control room, automate and help optimize business performance, reduce operational costs and risk, and improve business responsiveness.

The software’s open API allows third-party field applications to seamlessly communicate with SCADAWatch, providing just-in-time data for improved planning and enabling end-to-end sharing of critical information needed to effectively solve day-to-day operational and maintenance problems. Employees from all departments can create and use role-based dashboards to gain the operational visibility they need to do their jobs more effectively. Multiple dashboards can be displayed simultaneously; shared with any user in the organization; and linked with mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Android-based devices. Users can also graphically select any number of meters for further analysis; display meter readings directly on the map, not only in dashboards; and directly connect with any sensor linkage to pictures, pdfs, videos, and more.

To assist in climate change adaptation, Version 5.0 now provides real-time energy consumption and cost as well as carbon footprint for each pressure zone or DMA. Engineers can also take advantage of several new features including a powerful Biz Block that can perform simple and complex mathematical operations on SCADA and sensor data, create information-rich dashboards and reports on the results. It also encapsulates business specific calculations in a modular fashion with complete data-driven workflow diagrams. This can enable users, for example, to quickly and accurately calculate the specific capacity of a well to help them determine the design pumping rate or maximum yield for the well. Other important enhancements include a new correlation dashlet that provides Web-based views of correlation distribution between any two readings.

“Innovyze epitomizes the best in product innovation excellence and great customer care, and I applaud them for it,” said Warren A. Back, P.E., Engineering Operations Manager for Rancho California Water District in Southern California. “They listen carefully to their customers’ wants and needs and quickly create new releases that directly respond to those requests. This important update is a testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting its vast user base.”

Designed to drive maximum value while minimizing implementation cost, SCADAWatch is extremely easy to learn and use. It quickly integrates with existing SCADA systems and other enterprise applications, supports all sensor categories along with virtual sensors which can output pre-processed data, and can be configured and running in seconds. It can also be fully configured to suit individual utility departments’ needs. Users can share an external dashboard link on social media with a single URL, instantly generating a clear picture of all underperforming assets and recommended remedial actions to any mobile device. Enhanced dashboards for user-selected KPIs and graphing and reporting capabilities allow users to continuously see how their water networks are performing at a glance, spotting trends and analyzing, predicting and managing impending operational events with greater confidence.

“By giving them near real-time Web-based views of asset performance, SCADAWatch opens new doors to business process optimization and proactive decision making for water utilities worldwide,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “By delivering major innovations in real-time network monitoring and business analytics, the release greatly extends the power of big data to effectively support mission-critical network modeling applications. It gives water utilities deep, comprehensive insight into the health and operations of their water infrastructures and enables them to use that information to optimize business performance. It’s a must-have for improving not only the operational efficiency of water supply and distribution systems, but business responsiveness, customer service and the bottom line.”