Deal boosts sensing of electricity grid

February 03, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
Landis+Gyr has integrated its Network Node radio into S610 Line Sensor from Sentient Energy to increase the transmission range and edge computing capabilities for measuring the performance of the electricity grid.

The Network Node radio delivers greater transmission output and computing power than previous radio designs in a small, coin-sized package. At the same time, it supports multiple communication protocols, including IPv6 and advanced security for integration into grid devices where edge computing capabilities are required. Additionally, the power supply design of the radio allows the S610 to harvest operational energy from lower voltage lines, expanding deployment opportunities for utilities.

"The S610 is a key part of our connected platform of intelligent distribution devices and the Network Node's advance in integrated radio technology will bring value for any sensing application," said John Radgowski, Vice President of Solutions Product Management at Landis+Gyr. "The ability to automate the flow of sensor data and enable remote decision-making is the backbone of our network platform."

The S610 Line Sensor is an intelligent fault sensor that further extends the distribution monitoring capabilities of Landis+Gyr's RF mesh network. It delivers fault location and accurate load logging from any point on the distribution network, improving visibility of distribution grid performance by sensing the current, conductor temperature and voltage characteristics.

"The amount of data that S610 line sensors and analytics systems process is growing exponentially as the devices are becoming more intelligent," explains Sentient Energy CEO, Jim Keener. "That means that more and more of the processing will have to be done on the device. The Network Node provides superior distributed processing and faster data communications necessary to make grid sensors and analytics more intelligent and efficient."

The sensor deployments help improve the key grid metrics of System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI), System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI) and Customer Average Interruption Duration Index (CAIDI).