SCADA update identifies power risks in the data centre

September 20, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
SCADA update identifies power risks in the data centre
French power giant Schneider Electric has launched a new version of its SCADA software that identifies every power-related hidden risk from the edge of the network.

EcoStruxure Power SCADA Operation (PSO) is designed to provide real-time vision and control for timely response for building, grid, industry and data centre operation. 

"If you run a large, power-critical facility, every second of downtime comes with huge business interruptions and financial losses, puts lives at risk and can potentially damage an organization's reputation," said Kelly Becker, vice president, Power Solutions Division at Schneider Electric in the US. "PSO is engineered to help power-critical facilities like data centrrs, hospitals, oil and gas operations and airports maximize their uptime. It's a SCADA system uniquely designed for large electrical distribution applications. It has built-in architectural redundancy providing peace of mind that your network remains reliable even if a worst-case scenario occurs."

The new version of PSO adds high-availability control and alarms through redundant software (PSO) and hardware (M580 field automation controller) featuring PLC time-stamped event capture. Breaker performance capabilities detect when protection settings have been changed and analyze circuit breaker aging to enable proactive maintenance, while continuous thermal monitoring avoids electrical fires using wireless busbar temperature sensors.

In large and critical buildings, uptime and reliability are paramount. For example, power quality issues can cause outages that cost as much as $1 million+ per day, while operations and maintenance costs can represent as much as 80 percent of the total lifecycle cost over a 50-year period. The energy analysis tool allows operators to model and forecast energy usage, quantify savings, meet ISO50001 requirements and track energy performance indicators per ISO50006.

One Schneider Electric customer, a large data centr, installed an EcoStruxure Power SCADA Operation system combined with power quality meters for millisecond timestamp accuracy and power events analysis, to determine electrical root causes and sequence of events analysis. The previous system had left them in the dark for several minutes before even alerting about an event, PSO integrated easily with third-party devices, handled a multi-source electrical distribution network and implemented live monitoring of Ethernet connected meters & PLCs with refresh rates


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