New energy control apps launched by Echelon


Varun Nagaraj,
Senior VP Product
Management &
Marketing, Echelon
San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 27, 2012 – Three new control operating system (COS) software applications that run on Echelon’s control nodes and are managed at the utility’s data center have been launched by the company in beta format.

The apps enable network operators to monitor the health of distribution transformers, rapidly detect and respond to outages, and identify technical and commercial losses in the low voltage network.

“These apps provide quick and precise visibility into the stress points that grid operators face at the edge on a daily basis,” said Varun Nagaraj, senior vice president of product management and marketing at Echelon. “By distributing intelligence on control nodes at the edge of the network and making local decisions when appropriate instead of simply routing everything to the data center, operators can benefit from greater responsiveness and lower backhaul costs.”

The Transformer Protection app is designed to enable operators to remotely monitor electrical parameters such as energy and maximum current per phase, along with physical parameters relevant to the transformer’s health, such as temperature, moisture level, and door open/close status. With distributed intelligence, only critical exception data is reported to the operations center where it can be visualized and acted upon.

The Quality Assurance app continuously pulls and analyzes power quality and other status information from all smart meters on the distribution network. This data can be reported in total or on an exception basis. Alternately, in order to reduce the data deluge, the app can instead pull and analyze data from a subset of meters that are strategically located at the middle or at the end of feeder lines.

The Revenue Assurance app identifies areas of loss on the distribution network by tracking energy usage at distribution transformers, and comparing it with usage at meters attached to that transformer. Exception data can then be reported to the operations center so that utility personnel can be deployed most efficiently.

These COS apps are currently available for beta testing through the end of 2012, on request to Echelon.

The apps will be demonstrated at Metering Billing/CRM Europe in Amsterdam, October 9-11, 2012.