Cloud-based SCADA system

How nice would it be if you could look at your SCADA screen whether you’re on-site or not? With cloud-based SCADA systems, you can. Maybe you’ve heard of cloud SCADA, or “the cloud” in general and you have your suspicions. We’re here to put those reservations to rest and let you know how a cloud-based SCADA system can change the way you monitor, control, and/or archive your water and wastewater systems.


What is SCADA?


Starting off with the basics, what exactly is SCADA? SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. SCADA systems can monitor and/or control operations at your facility remotely by sending coded signals from a control center to your machinery. SCADA previously consisted of on-site servers and hardware that required a long set-up process and maintenance. Data loss was at a high risk because if the SCADA computer crashed, the data was gone. Additionally, the software had to be constantly updated and annual software costs added up quickly. All these factors caused old SCADA systems to be extremely expensive.


In comes new SCADA that uses modern-day technology to solve these issues of the past. Cloud SCADA is operated over a cloud, eliminating physical infrastructure. Cloud SCADA has a faster set-up time, both upfront and on-going costs are significantly less, and is a far more flexible resource.


But is the cloud secure?


Many people get nervous when they hear the term “the cloud” due to the subconscious imagery that your information is simply floating in the abyss somewhere. The cloud simply means that the information is stored on servers at a remote location. With the cloud, your information has a private IP address, meaning that only you can access it. Your access into that network is through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) tunnel. No interception is possible because the cloud communicates through a very secure protocol. This is the equivalent of trying to access someone’s residential mailbox outside their house versus trying to enter a gated community. This is more secure than storing your information at one on-site location.


But what if the server crashes? The cloud always has a primary server, and a backup server, so your information is never at risk of getting lost. The information can also be backed up in different locations to make for an easy recovery. This also means that if one server fails, the system will automatically be online with the new server.


What does this mean for the water/wastewater industry?


With water pumps, you never know when something could go haywire. It’s hard to tell unless you can consistently monitor your pumps. With cloud SCADA, not only can you monitor your pumps, but also have the option to control them just as you would be able to on-site, but with a more secure way to store your information. Since the cloud allows you to access your screens from a smart phone, smart device, or computer from anywhere, you’ll always be up-to-date on what your system may be doing. But what is your best cloud SCADA option to monitor and control your facility’s pumps?


Choose MetroCloud SCADA


If you are not familiar, Metropolitan Industries has its own cloud SCADA system called MetroCloud SCADA. Our system has every perk of cloud SCADA that we described, in addition to utilizing Amazon Web Services and Verizon as partners. MetroCloud can link to any of our control panels, and is versatile to work for any type of PLC system. For reporting purposes, the MetroCloud can generate spreadsheets to be printed or emailed, and can hold onto your data longer, so you have access to comparison data from as far back as your installation. For many installations, it may be advantageous to incorporate DNP protocol, that actually fills in missing data that occurs between communications from process controls to the cloud. MetroCloud eliminates dedicated SCADA computer costs, software capital outlay, and yearly software upgrades, and comes with Metropolitan’s promise to be your one stop shop for water and wastewater solutions, making MetroCloud SCADA the most cost-effective, simple, and safe monitoring and control option for your facility.


To learn more about MetroCloud SCADA or to let us know about your project, visit, call 877-89MTCLOUD, or email

Metropolitan Industries employees

Metropolitan Industries has 136 total employees.

You may have been coming to Metropolitan for years to get your lift station or sump pump or booster pump replaced every so often, or maybe you haven’t used our products yet but know it’s time to think about replacing that old hydronic system. No matter how well you know Metropolitan, you may not be aware of the variety and extent of our products and services because we are constantly innovating and finding the best ways to solve your pumping system issues. Often times we hear people say to us, “I didn’t know you did that!”


Metropolitan Industries was established in 1957, originally called “Metropolitan Pump Company”, and operated from a home office in Western Springs, IL. This year, as we pass the 60 year mark, we still hold our same vision from the start; to be a single source for quality pumps, control systems, and ancillary equipment serving many water and wastewater industries. Our products and services are designed for municipal, commercial, industrial, and residential markets, and can be completely customized to meet our customers’ needs.


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Metropolitan offers equipment repair, 24/7 emergency service, and design assistance.

We manufacture many of our products in-house, so we are able to customize every application for pumps, control panels, and complete systems that we sell. All the products we create are tested before being packaged and sent to our customers. If your system stops working, we also offer services to completely repair or replace the system or component to be reinstalled. Metropolitan offers equipment repair, 24/7 emergency service, and design assistance. At Metropolitan, we care about the continued success of our products, ensuring that they are the best fit for your project.


We sell more than just pumps. We have everything from air-gap break tanks, to control systems, to prefabricated house systems, lift stations, temperature control systems, and so much more. Anything that involves water, we can assist. Metropolitan takes pride in the quality of our control systems. Part of our quality control are the UL procedures which we apply to our products. We’re also the proud owners of 37 patents, which are a result of our constant research and development to solve the most difficult of challenges in the water and control world.


Metropolitan also has divisions of our company that service different markets. Our Ion Technologies product line services homeowners with sump pumps and battery backup systems. The Ion Technologies brand offers the Ion+ Connect, which is a digital level controller that senses when something isn’t right with your pump and will send you SMS text notifications with those alerts. We are also celebrating the year anniversary of our acquisition of Emecole Metro, formally known as Emecole, a manufacturer and supplier of epoxies and polyurethane foams for the repair of poured foundation cracks using low-pressure crack injection. Emecole Metro offers contractor kits, dehumidifiers, crawl space repair, and even more. And finally, MetroCloud is a Metropolitan Industries brand cloud SCADA product that is compatible with our control panels. For more on MetroCloud, click here.


Metropolitan Industries Seminars

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Beyond our basic products and services, Metropolitan offers training seminars that qualify for Professional Development and Continuing Education credits. All our classes are free and food is always provided for our 4-hour courses. You can see our full list of upcoming classes and register at We also offer training outside of our facility. Our demonstration trailer allows you to learn more about our products and the experts behind them. You can schedule a trailer day for your company by emailing us at, contacting your salesperson directly, or calling us at 815-886-9200.

As you can see, Metropolitan Industries is not just a water pump shop. We will find the best solution for your project no matter what it takes. We have the tools, products, services, and expertise to provide you with the most serviceable system that will work for you, and we welcome the opportunity to help solve your problems.

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