Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is a generic name for a control system architecture comprising computers networked data communications and graphical user interfaces(GUI) for high-level process supervisory management, while also comprising other peripheral devices like programmable logic controller (PLC) and discrete Proportional Integral Differentiator (PID) controllers to interface with process plant or machinery.
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Related Term: Industrial Control System
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Source: NCSD Glossary, CNSSI 4009