SEC WESTERN PROVINCE – DISTRIBUTION AUTOMATION SYSTEM – KSA – 2014

Key Features:

The Sector of power and utilities is rapidly growing at an intense rate, driven by the continuous need of variety of new power sources, to face the resources scarcity and climate changes while satisfying the market needs. In order to keep up with these changes power stations will need to utilize technology to maintain high growth rate and improve the service provided to the customer.

The Power and utilities companies need to have remote accesses with their field assets such as substations, transformers, and energy meters either through a wired or a wireless network. Thus done through, utilizing different communication technologies and solutions to ensure security and reliability.

The Challenges

Upgrading an M2M remote connectivity solution to coop with the high data rates being sent.
The old solution used GPRS/EDGE technology to connect remote sites. Despite having the ability to handle good data rates, this solution didn’t suit the application and created a need to be upgraded.

The new installed system should:

• Support 3G or higher.
• Ensure data security in addition to reliability.
• Provide network redundancy.
• 4 ports built in switch.

The Solution

After a number of site visits, Xceltra provided an M2M remote connectivity solution to be installed for SEC. This solution was 3G gateway + M2M Gateway. These solution was picked as:

• Offer network redundancy with the possibility to use dual SIM card
• Support for HSPA+ in 3G network
• Mobile operator independent static IP addressing with M2M Gateway
• Secure communication with VPN and firewall.
• Support for several encryption protocols for secure communication
• Reliable operation in high temp. found in industrial environments with Temperature ranges from –25 to +70 °
• Flexibility through Supporting Ethernet in addition serial ports.
• A wide Range of operating temperature form –25 to +70 °C.

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