Systems integrator – this is for you!
Companies can reduce the upfront costs of new control systems by choosing a design that utilises the existing IP network infrastructure for communication of modern control and monitoring systems. Significant savings are realised by utilising existing infrastructure. Choosing automation systems that support IP-enabled communications will minimise wiring and cabling, enabling a cleaner installation and a more intelligent operation. IP-based systems provide the ability to remotely control and monitor the equipment from anywhere in the world using a standard web browser.
Facilities can take further advantage of network capabilities by monitoring systems over the internet, minimising onsite staff requirements. Modern IP-enabled controllers provide serial interfaces and a flexible set of inputs and outputs that enable existing legacy equipment to be ‘network-enabled.’ Collectively they bring enormous value to the overall system as a bridge between the IP and analogue worlds. These intelligent devices enable communication between new systems and legacy equipment, enhancing the return value for companies that plan to upgrade to alternate energy systems, such as solar or geothermal, while keeping some of the existing equipment operational.
Using IP-enabled systems and devices makes it possible for an IT manager or systems integrator to use much of what is already in place, taking advantage of the common IP network to add connectivity to existing legacy systems, and seamlessly merge them with new energy management systems, making the transition to a modern, energy-efficient system a cost-saving reality in the present, rather than a possibility for the distant future.
- IP-enabled devices allow use of the existing infrastructure.
- Mobile and IP networks can be easily used for sensor integration.
- Sensors can be easily deployed to optimise system function.
Smart grid temperature control systems: Implementing and monitoring with IP
By A VanOort, DataNab LLC, Electricity+Control, March 2012 (pgs 4 – 6)