UK utility Severn Trent tests the water with £4.8m for new SCADA to be hosted in the clouds

‘Vision’ platform to be ‘cornerstone of our emerging asset intelligence strategy and programme’

UK utility Severn Trent Water has offered £4.8m for a replacement of its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.…

UK utility Severn Trent Water has offered £4.8m for a replacement of its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

The £1.7bn-revenue firm aims to integrate the SCADA system with all existing data sources including geographical, machinery and weather.

It’s also looking for some industrial alarm monitoring capabilities – which would notify plant managers should something go awry – as well as predictive analytics for “network situational awareness”, which might, for example, warn the utility of upcoming surges in usage.

Having struck a £13.5m cloud deal with Microsoft Azure in 2019, Severn Trent Water now plans to host its SCADA system and related data crunching on the platform.

“The solution will provide the capability to perform insight and predictive analytics for network situational awareness, alarm monitoring and resolution, scenario generation and forecasting to manage the operations and control of assets more effectively,” the tender document said.

The company said the new “Vision” platform would become “a cornerstone of our emerging asset intelligence strategy and programme”.

A spokesman said the company currently uses a number of vendors for its SCADA system. The contract for the replacement is expected to last five years, and the deadline for receipt of tenders is 21 September.

Although the deal with Azure included the migration of data centres, workloads and some systems to the public cloud, the company said it is also working with AWS as part of its cloud framework.

If Severn Trent believes a new SCADA system will boost its performance then it may well be necessary. Regulator Ofwat has set a target to reduce water leakage by 16 per cent by 2025.

It is a problem that still dogs the industry, with Severn Trent responsible for burst mains in Birmingham and Redditch.

Severn Trent is not the only water company hoping tech will help it up its game. In August, Thames Water was awarding contracts that could be worth up to £100m to a group of 13 IT consultancies to support IT infrastructure, applications and architecture. ®

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