Data analytics: Learn the top 4 reasons you should be running power management software

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Sr. Technical Sales Engineer, Intelligent Metering Solutions Schneider Electric - Power Solutions

Scott Laster has more than 25 years of experience with intelligent metering in hands-on product support, business development, and end user education for the utility industry.  Scott has a...

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Data from intelligent power measurement devices throughout your utility system is untapped potential if you aren’t accessing or analyzing it. Running an integrated power management software platform for intelligent analytics and reporting can provide a long list of benefits for your system.

By connecting your devices to management software, you can readily analyze a wide range of information critical to gaining a better understanding of your overall power network. Software like EcoStruxure™ Power Monitoring Expert (PME) collects and aggregates all of the data gathered from your distribution network. Data such as revenue billing and power quality info so you can maximize your reliability, reduce your operational costs, and increase efficiencies.

Here are four reasons why power management software is a necessity.

1. Power event analysis

With power management software in place, you can automatically get intelligent metering information on power events. It is possible to view abnormal power events as soon as they occur, locate the time stamped source of the disturbance or fault and more.

The ability to capture and analyze power quality issues as soon as they occur can mean the avoidance of a network outage. With intelligent software in place, you have the ability to quickly identify and correct costly power issues. You can stay informed on your entire system with data integration for connected devices, events time-sequence, location, and power quality waveform analysis.

With power management software tools you can:

  • Understand the cause of events affecting your electrical system network
  • Identify patterns for power events to avoid or mitigate future occurrences
  • Monitor protection settings to ensure proper isolation of faults to avoid system wide outages
  • Verify compliance with standards such as IEEE 519

2. Hardened cybersecurity

Essential in todays connected environment, IT departments require advanced hardening to protect your servers and overall network connections.  Software like EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert can go a long way in helping to improve your overall system cybersecurity. It helps secure data connections across all connected devices in the field and provides cybersecurity compliance with standards like IEC 62443.  Advanced encryption and authentication ensure secure communications throughout system components.

Best practices and technical features help reduce risk by implementing the following:

  • Secure networking architecture
  • Active Directory integration
  • Two Factor Authentication
  • User privilege / authorization policy
  • Encrypted credential storage and CA certificates
  • Active Windows Directory, Cybersecurity compliance to IEC62443 and HTML 5

3. Multi-site power management

With power management software, you can easily manage a disparate fleet of metering devices across a single site or an entire system.  Localized, role-based access enables only authorized permissions across multiple users, teams or departments.  This helps keep things on task and better streamline work flows.

4. Data acquisition

Power management software empowers you with access to robust and reliable data. Improved and detailed accuracy gives you the information you need and with reporting functionality, you can see the data in whatever view or format is required.

Running power management software means you can access dashboard views that provide information access in a user-friendly form. Analyze data for energy efficiency improvements, capacity and load management, and sustainability regulation compliance.

Learn more about EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert power management software.

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