Power analytics gateway introduced


Mark A. Ascolese,
Chairman and CEO,
San Diego, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 28, 2010 – Power analytics solutions developer EDSA has unveiled its patented Power Analytics Gateway™ (EPAG™) data integration platform that allows electrical energy monitoring and management systems from major vendors to exchange data.

The technology is being deployed in applications including microgrids and data centers.

EPAG solves the problem of a lack of networkability between competing vendors’ systems, which prohibits the sharing of data between them. Power equipment and monitoring systems from different manufacturers typically use proprietary, vendor specific communications protocols that prevent power quality meters, breakers, transformers, generators, and their proprietary monitoring and communications systems from sharing data among one another. The absence of open communications protocols has left operators in the position of having to work with multiple information systems themselves, or manage their operations with incomplete information about the status of the electrical power infrastructure.

“EPAG is an architecture that provides for multiple interconnect standards and protocols from web services to OPC,” said Mark A. Ascolese, chairman and CEO of EDSA. “This vendor neutral strategy eliminates the need to add another redundant data acquisition system.”

EPAG gives facility and electrical system operators an anything-to-anything networking solution that, when used with EDSA’s Paladin® Live™ or Paladin Smart Grid™ platforms, aggregates all of the real time data being generated by formerly proprietary equipment and systems within their infrastructure.

Or, put another way, a single, seamless body of information can now be created from management systems such as the OSIsoft® PI System®, Square D® SMS®, Siemens® Apogee®, Eaton® Foreseer®, Honeywell® Niagara Framework®, Johnson Controls® Metasys®, Viridity Energy’s Vpower®, Dassault Enovia® and Catia® systems, and others or directly from discrete sensors or intelligent devices.

With this supply of power systems data, EPAG enables Paladin Live and Paladin Smart Grid to make highly accurate predictions about the operational state of power infrastructure, by not only attaining access to real time data, but by comparing data results back to the original design model. Variations between the “as is” and “as designed” readings allow operators to isolate and preempt potential problems at their earliest stages.

In other news EDSA also has announced that its real-time system monitoring and predictive analysis technology within the Paladin Live facility and energy management software has been awarded a patent. Entitled "Systems and Methods for Real-Time System Monitoring and Predictive Analysis," the patent describes Paladin Live’s unique ability to diagnose the reliability and energy efficiency of complex electrical power infrastructure in real time. Armed with this information, site operators are given the insight they need to optimize facility performance and pre-empt costly downtime, maintenance, or repairs.