Utilities need to know what’s going on along the distribution system in real time,” says Stephen Prince, CEO of OptiSense. “With DNP3, our MV OptiSensors™ become the backbone for communicating between SCADA systems and RTUs or IEDs in real time.
Bridgeport, TX, (PRWEB) January 24, 2012
Optisense Network, LLC, announced today the release of DNP3 protocol capabilities to their industry-leading optical voltage and current sensors and associated data processing hardware.
DNP3 (Distributed Network Protocol, Version 3) is the emerging standard for Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED) providing real-time communication to both local and distributed communications devices.
“Utilities today need to know what’s going on along their distribution system in real time,” says Stephen Prince, CEO of OptiSense Networks. “With DNP3 deployment, our medium voltage OptiSensors™ become the backbone for communicating between the SCADA master station and RTUs or IEDs in real time.”
Utilities worldwide are seeking to improve system reliability and asset utilization. Until recently, intelligent electronic devices had no common standard for communications. Not only did each IED communicate uniquely, but equipment compatibility was difficult.
As a set of communications protocols used between components in process automation systems – specifically between various types of data acquisition and control equipment – DNP3 plays a crucial role in SCADA systems, where it is used by SCADA Master Stations, Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), and Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs).
“Not only do DNP3-enabled OptiSensors support TCP and UDP physical communication standards,” notes Prince, “but OptiSensors offer event-oriented data reporting by monitoring dozens of power measurements from remote locations. Additionally, the OptiSense Processor™ monitors data points and generates events when it determines that the data should be reported (for example, when it changes value). This allows utilities to identify power anomalies that exceed threshold, line harmonics or fault indications.”
Founded in 2001, OPTISENSE NETWORK, LLC (http://www.optisense.net) provides utilities patented medium voltage optical current and voltage sensors that increase electric distribution system reliability and efficiency through intelligence beyond the substation. Working closely with electric utilities, these next-generation sensors enable electric power companies to effectively monitor and manage distribution voltage, current and power factor in real-time.