With more sites to supervise, the water treatment operator is using web based tools to monitor and drive plant that may be remote to his/her location.
Current technology gives us the ability to interface the plant and equipment to Local Area Network (LAN) platforms or Building Management Systems (BMS).
We can either view or control a remote water treatment process as simply as using a standard web browser.
Traditionally we have seen BMS platforms using air conditioning communications protocols that have been difficult to interface to. This has changed with the use of more open source protocols and third party vendors offering a range of reliable interface softwares.
This means that the general purpose PLC platforms can now talk to Chemical Controllers, UV systems and BMS systems seamlessly.
Monitoring the plant remotely from your iPhone or iPad is now a reality.