But modern automation isn’t just about collecting, and collating, data: the increasing intelligence of IED’s, Relays, RTUs and other substation equipment offers scope for greater autonomy too. Decisions can be made locally, or in concert with other local devices, while centralized SCADA systems alert human operators to decisions made by the machines.
In transportation and infrastructure networks this intelligence is particularly welcome, as it can reduce loading on communication links whilst ensuring that protection isn’t dependent on communications.
Deciding on the level of local autonomy, and where to put it, is a critical part of system design, and one where ABB’s global experience can prove invaluable, but such “greenfield” deployments are rare and integration is often as important and innovation.
ABB’s Relion® family of protection devices offer compatibility with IEC61850 and related standards, to enable integration with ABB’s MicroSCADA Pro platform, or comparable systems, with equal utility, while ABB’s family of device-specific protection ensures intelligence is in the right place. But ABB isn’t about any specific protection product, but more our ability to provide the support, consultation, and experience, needed to become a partner, not just a supplier.