Connected Energy Networks Demonstration Overview: Substation Automation

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Technical Marketing Engineer, Prashanth Chittapuram, provides an overview for a series of demonstrations that highlight Cisco’s solutions for Substation Automation from Cisco’s Connected Energy Networks Business Unit.

Utility operators face a variety of business and operational challenges, from regulatory compliance with security and reliability to new industry standards for substation networks. The Cisco Substation Automation solution includes purpose-built products and services that help utilities support remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance, and key industry standards such as IEC 61850 and IEEE 1613.

Discussed in this video are the 3 functional tiers of the system listed below:
1. Control Center/NOC tier – where utility applications are hosted
2. Wide Area Network tier – which provides the backhaul of communications from the field to the Control Center
3. Substation tier – where protection and control relays along with other communication devices reside

Cisco believes substation automation is one of the key first steps to achieving a smarter grid. The grid must be observable and measureable before it can be controlled and automated. Substation automation, which has been underway in the utility industry for many years since the advent of the microprocessor relay, helps utilities add sophisticated protection and control functions while also providing greater visibility into the performance and health of grid infrastructure. Extending a secure, scalable communications infrastructure to substations enables important applications. These applications help utilities control and automate the grid.

Condition-based and predictive maintenance programs benefit from improved observability of asset health and accumulated stress, enabling proactive maintenance that can avoid costly unplanned outages.

Duration: 4:57
Publisher: Cisco
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