Maintain Constant Voltage Levels with Remote Voltage Regulators  

Voltage regulators provide the distribution grid with constant voltage levels. Most enhanced voltage regulators also provide a means to monitor the line voltage. Monitoring the voltage level can mean sending a technician out to read the level at the voltage regulator.

With a two-way network for always-on communication with remote voltage regulators, your utility can centralize its monitoring and control without dispatching a technician.

Trilliant’s SecureMesh WAN broadband solutions, part of the Trilliant Communications Platform, are an optimal solution for voltage regulators, delivering cost-effective Ethernet connectivity. Each SecureMesh WAN mesh node provides long-range links to connect remote reclosers with always-on wireless communications. And every link is encrypted for security.

With the SecureMesh WAN broadband solutions providing distribution networking, your Smart Grid deployment can provide cost-effective communications to voltage regulators and integrate into SCADA and distribution management systems (DMS). With a Smart Grid network extended to voltage regulators, you’ll see improved grid reliability, greater visibility into critical load information, better asset management, and reduced O&M costs – and that means greater customer satisfaction.

Maintain Constant Voltage Levels

Voltage regulators provide the distribution grid with constant voltage levels. Most enhanced voltage regulators also provide a means to monitor the line voltage; however, monitoring the voltage level can mean sending a technician out to read the level at the voltage regulator. With a two-way network configured to provide always-on communication with remote voltage regulators, utilities have the ability to centralize their monitoring and control without requiring a dispatched technician. Distribution networking enhances line voltage monitoring:

  • On-demand and scheduled voltage level reports
  • Remote control of voltage level settings
  • Event-based reporting of regulator problems

The communications requirements for voltage regulators do not require much bandwidth and are relatively latency tolerant. They do benefit, however, by having always-on connectivity across the network in order to enhance distribution grid reliability.

The SecureMesh WAN broadband solutions provide an optimal solution for voltage regulators. SecureMesh Connectors are cost-effective outdoor wireless devices that provide local Ethernet connectivity, either for a direct Ethernet connection or for a serial (RS-232, RS-485) connection via an Ethernet-to-serial adapter, that enables communication via both legacy protocols (DNP3, Modbus) as well as TCP/IP. Each connector provides long-range links (up to 7.5 miles apart) to connect remote reclosers with always-on and low-latency wireless communications. In addition, every link is encrypted for security and communications can be partitioned into virtual private networks (VPNs) for additional security and traffic guarantees.

With the SecureMesh WAN broadband providing distribution networking, the Smart Grid deployment can provide cost-effective communications to voltage regulators and integrate into SCADA and distribution management systems (DMS). Extending a Smart Grid network to voltage regulators results in improvements in grid reliability (i.e. lower SAIDI, MAIFI, CAIDI, SAIFI metrics), visibility into critical load information, asset management, and operations and maintenance costs, which also results in improvements in customer satisfaction.

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