Scan Magazine | Business Profile | SCADA MINDS
SCADA with renewed energy In a world in which vast and hyper-specific data is easily available and increasingly vital, companies must gather, monitor and analyse their own information output in order to run efficiently and profitably. In the wake of recent hacking and data breaches, it is equally important that said data is secure and protected. Building on the well-established Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) architecture, SCADA MINDS allows the new energy industries to protect and make the most out of their data in the brave new world of the IoT and Industry 4.0. By Louise Older Steffensen | Photos: SCADA MINDS
SCADA MINDS is helping some of the biggest names in renewable energy – including Vestas, Siemens, Vattenfall and Ørsted – to access and understand the intricate, complex details that modern technology can reveal about anything from their production systems to individual windmill output. “Of course, companies know the value of data feedback in streamlining their systems and processes, and they incorporate that into their business already,” says founding partner and CTO Helge Jensen, “but the sheer amount of information you can get out today can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Our clients want to focus on running their businesses – and on innovating and creating – so we help set up these data acquisition systems; we gather and store the information, analyse it,
and make it accessible to the client in a secure and responsible manner.” Jensen, a data analysist and cyber security consultant within the renewable energy industries, founded SCADA MINDS with external system integration architect Steffen Duve and IT entrepreneur Morten Kvistgaard Nielsen. The three each had experience of working within software and technology giants and ran their own software development companies. “It just made sense to come together. Our individual areas of expertise combined very well to allow us to assist other companies,” Jensen explains. “The market for renewables keeps growing. At the same time, technological innovation is transforming what we can
know about industrial processes and systems. What’s more, we can interact with entities like machinery, production lines and individual devices remotely through the Internet of Things.” The advent of such smart networks is so significant that it has been hailed as the fourth industrial revolution. “With these profitable and creative advantages comes a great responsibility for cyber security,” Jensen concludes. “Making systems easily operable by the right people, while making sure they are out of reach of the wrong hands, is one of the keys to success of our company. Big data is fantastic if you know how to handle it.”
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