The architecture of Rapid SCADA is multi-tier and distributed (see Figure 1). Applications can run on a single server or multiple computers across a network. Controllers can use communication channels of different types for connecting to a system. Major factors that determine the system configuration are number of equipment locations, distance between them, estimation of end-user activity, restrictions of external systems.
Figure 1. Software architecture
Rapid SCADA includes the following main applications:
Providing data access using web technology significantly simplifies the deployment and maintenance of the system, which is especially important for a large number of users.
Commonly used devices controlled by a system are electricity meters, heat meters, fire and security alarms, access controllers and other equipment.