A Microcontroller-Based Remote Embedded SCADA Control System With the Aid of a 32-Bit Microcontroller
American Journal of Embedded Systems and Applications
Volume 7, Issue 1, June 2019, Pages: 9-20
Received: Oct. 11, 2018;
Accepted: Mar. 12, 2019;
Published: Apr. 1, 2019
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Mostefa Ghassoul, Chemical Engineering, University of Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain
Hajer Hafedh Ebrahim, Chemical Engineering, University of Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain
Fatima Abdul Hussain Yusuf, Chemical Engineering, University of Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain
Supervisory control and data acquisition are well established control and visualization systems in industry. SCADA systems are DCS, PLC, soft PLC, industrial computer or microcontroller based. Some of those types of control are suitable for certain industries and are not for others. DCS is suitable in process control such as chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical industry and alike. PLCs are more suitable for food industry, beverages, car industry etc. Microcontrollers are emerging as a competitive option in small open SCADA system. All those types of control are based on data sharing using different types of networks such as Fieldbus, Profibus, Modbus and high speed ethernet. Those nets are interconnected using hard cabling which renders the communication distance very limited. One option is the use of public services such as internet but the risk is too high due to hacking, sabotage just to name few. This is demonstrated by the various conferences held over the world discussing protective ways against such practices. To overcome those problems including the cabling problem, one can call upon wireless communication with the aid of microcontroller and a SMART PHONE. This paper presents the design of a remote embedded SCADA system based on a 32 bit Microchip microcontroller. The controller has three main tasks to carry out. It controls a heat exchanger rig. It drives a multimedia graphic expansion board and it communicates with the SMARTPHONE using GSM where it interacts with the process either in normal mode or emergency mode. The proposed scheme has several advantages. It can communicate to any user independent of distance and time. It could be easily customized to allocate small and probably middle industry. On top of the cost effectiveness, the system could be expanded in local network to accommodate more complex applications.
Hajer Hafedh Ebrahim,
Fatima Abdul Hussain Yusuf,
A Microcontroller-Based Remote Embedded SCADA Control System With the Aid of a 32-Bit Microcontroller, American Journal of Embedded Systems and Applications.
Vol. 7, No. 1,
2019, pp. 9-20.
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