Western Power Distribution (WPD) and 42 Technology have announced the completion of the first UK field trials for an industrial IoT (IIoT) monitoring system, FuseOhm, for use within low voltage electricity substations.
As first reported by Cambridge Wireless, FuseOhm has especially been designed to provide Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) with a unique low-cost approach for real-time monitoring, control and remote diagnostics on every substation within their network for the first time.
All DNOs are under increasing pressure to monitor all their assets in order to help improve network stability and performance, and to accurately identify stress points caused by increased use of low-carbon technologies; such as electric vehicle charging, domestic heat pumps or consumers exporting back to the grid. While several monitoring systems are already available, DNOs report that they can take over two hours to install and are usually too expensive for routine and widespread use. Hence, current technologies only tend to be installed and used for short periods to help with fault diagnosis on a specific leg of the network when a customer reports a problem.
FuseOhm uses self-powered ‘plug and play’ adapters that slot into existing fuseways to provide a complete real-time monitoring system that can store data locally or transfer it via wired or wireless communications networks for remote monitoring applications.
Outside of the UK, last month, a report from Information Services Group highlighted how quickly German enterprises are embracing IoT. The report states that the auto industry is implementing IoT to build and enhance solutions associated with vehicle maintenance, passenger infotainment, automated driving assistance, and vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
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