Distributed Control System

Definition(s)


Distributed Control System

Type of control system in which the system elements are dispersed but operated in a coupled manner.

  • NOTE: Distributed control systems may have shorter coupling time constants than those typically found in SCADA systems.
  • NOTE: Distributed control systems are commonly associated with continuous processes such as electric power generation; oil and gas refining; chemical, pharmaceutical and paper manufacture, as well as discrete processes such as automobile and other goods manufacture, packaging, and warehousing.

Source: ANSI/ISA–99.00.01–2007, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems, Part 1: Terminology, Concepts, and Models, 29 October 2007. National Standard