Using Equinox in electric utilities
SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) systems have historically provided utilities with key information, capabilities and knowledge that are vital to the primary business function: delivering power in a profitable, safe and reliable way.
A good SCADA solution is very important to achieve an effective operation of the most critical and costly assets: generation, transmission and distribution.
The challenges that today’s SCADA systems and projects face have changed during the last years. Today focus is on easier integration, the use of modern network and communication technologies, big ammounts of information being accessed by more users, among other aims.
Deploying Equinox in electric utilities
Equinox, in response to this increasing change in the business model and needs, brings more functionalities that are useful advancements that meet the demands of the new energy paradigm of smart grids.
Is a strategic investment for utilities of all sizes that are confronting these new market challenges. Equinox not only helps utilities to deliver power in a reliable and and safe manner to their customers but also helps by lowering costs and improving customer satisfaction.
How could you benefit from the use of Equinox?
Equinox is mature product that was successfully deployed in many small and medium size electric utilities all over the country. Our product could be configured to control various equipments to monitor generation, transmission and distribution assets through analog and digital input and output modules, PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), RTUs (Remote Terminal Unit) among other devices with communication capabilities using several protocols such as MODBUS and DNP3.
Many utilities have their equipments completely isolated from the central office even when they have communication capabilities. In some cases they use propietary software that permits to connect one equipment at a time allowing them to see information only while they are connected: once they connect to a new device they stop receiving information from the previous one. This software only works for equipments of the same brand and type and cannot be expanded.
Remote control of the equipments is not possible in these cases, so when an abnormal situation occurs the utility must send a crew to the site to manually check the problem.
Equinox offers you the possibility on multi brand integration: Multiple devices from multiple kind and brands could be easily connected to one central location where Equinox is running. Real time information is received from these equipments allowing our system to detect abnormal situations instantly and alerting the operator within seconds.
Once the operator acknowledges the situation he could use Equinox to inmediatly correct the problem by sending an order through the communication link, so the device will go back to work in a second. No crew is needed, no money and time is spent in the process.
Besides the operator doesn’t need to be in the central office to be alerted from abnormal situations, Equinox will alert him through text messages and emails. And since our product is 100% web access you could easily login from any mobile device, such smartphones, tablets, notebooks, etc. You only need an Internet connection and a browser.
The use of our product brings them new advantages including:
Brand interoperabilityConnect to any devices in the grid even if they are from different brands: circuit breakers, sectionalizers, reclosers, switches, transformers, capacitors, regulators, etc.
OutcomeConsolidate information coming from different sources into one single platform.
Real time dataGet instant information from all important devices in the grid: their state, alerts, voltage, current, active and reactive power levels, etc. You can control these devices as well, by opening or closing them, changing operational parameters, etc.
OutcomeReal time data makes decision-making faster reducing operating costs.
Grid reliabilityEquinox detects early deviations in normal operating parameters and let you know before they cause problems.
OutcomeTroubleshooting is easier, electric grid reliability is increased to levels never seen before.
More revenueAs fails are detected before they occur less money is spent in corrective maintenance while life expectancy of the power grid equipments is extended.
OutcomeImproved reliability means increased revenue.
Customer satisfactionA more reliable power grid means less power outages and a better quality of the service delivered.
OutcomeCustomer satisfaction is increased.