Nearly everywhere you look, there is some type of supervisory control and data acquisition system running behind the scenes, at your local supermarket, refinery, waste water treatment plant, or even your own home. SCADA is an automation control system commonly used in modern industrial settings, and is designed to gather data in real time from remote locations in order to control equipment and conditions.
According to a recent market report, the global of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) market has gained significant momentum in the recent times. The rising awareness among consumers regarding the benefits of SCADA, such as the real-time detection of faults in machinery, reduction in the amount of defects in the output, decline in production cost, and various other advantages it offers to production processes, is boosting this market substantially. The increasing deployment of SCADA systems in the electrical and the oil and gas sectors to reduce losses and optimize production is also adding to the growth of this market significantly.
In terms of revenue, the global SCADA market was valued at $25.56 billion USD in 2015. Estimated to expand at a CAGR of 5.2 percent from 2016 to 2024, the revenues in this market will touch $40.18 billion USD by the end of 2024.
The electrical power, oil and gas, manufacturing, water and wastewater, transportation, chemicals, food and beverages, telecommunication, and the pharmaceuticals industries are key end users of SCADA systems across the world. The electrical power industry has been registering a higher demand for these systems than other end users and is likely to continue doing so over the forthcoming years, thanks to the increasing application of SCADA in total grid automation projects various developing countries, such as India and China, which have concentrated on improving their infrastructure in order to curb power distribution and transmission losses.
Apart from this, the ability of SCADA systems to restore power post outrage, re-route power from excess capacity areas to areas approaching overload, collect historical data for trend analysis, and decrease manual labor by relocating affected sections remotely, is also projected to keep the demand for these systems in the electrical power industry high in the years to come.
Regionally, North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and South America are considered to be the main segments of the worldwide market for SCADA. North America, among these, led the global market in 2015 with a share of 33.6 percent. Researchers predict that this regional market will retain its lead over the coming years, thanks to the increasing demand for process automation systems in a number of industries, such as the electrical power and the oil and gas sectors. The escalating financial and technological investments for reliable and sophisticated power management is also anticipated to propel the North America SCADA market in the near future.
With Germany surfacing as the leading contributor, Europe emerged second in the global market in 2015. The regional market is expected to remain the same till 2024. The increasing demand for advanced power, oil and gas, and water and wastewater infrastructures and the growing need for effective power generation are likely to drive the Europe SCADA market over the forthcoming years.
Asia Pacific is projected to be driven by the increasing demand for process automation in the oil and gas industry, swift development of industrial infrastructure that supports the integration of process automation, augmented efficiency in wastewater management, and the rising exploration activities in new renewable energy resources in the near future. The Middle East and Africa, on the other hand, is anticipated to derive growth from the massive investments in automated control systems in the process industries, up-gradation and replacement of old infrastructure, and the augmenting demand for safer operations within the power, petrochemical, water, and wastewater management, and the chemical industries over the next few years.
ABB Ltd., Honeywell International Inc., Emerson Electric Co., Rockwell Automation Inc., Siemens AG, OMRON Corp., General Electric Co., Yokogawa Electric Corp., Schneider Electric SE, and Afcon Holdings Group are some of the leading players in the global SCADA market.