Background

Modern technologies offer a wide number of applications in the energy sector, such as energy supply, energy transmission, and distribution. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most popular technology that can be applied for improving energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impacts of energy use. In today’s commercial buildings, installing an effective electricity metering system can be a source of substantial energy and cost savings. This blog examines cellular router, which comes with the rich VPN protocols and reliable wireless connection, as an essential component toward a comprehensive energy management strategy regardless of office or home energy management. Best practices for connecting an industrial computer, and working on the cellular network are described.

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This blog provides energy policy-makers, energy economists, and building owners with an overview of the functions of the industrial wireless router in the optimization of real-time energy management, so as to provide the convenience, reliability and energy savings.

Keywords

  • Smart Metering
  • Energy Management
  • Secure Operability via ETH Port
  • Reliable Wireless Connectivity via 4G/3G

Project

Building managers can cut energy and maintenance costs without effecting the comfort or productivity of staff. The industrial PC will track all meters and equipment conditions, and software in the monitoring center will help you analyze and improve electrical reliability.

Our UR32 cellular router provides you with consistent and secure operability and reliable wireless connections for your most critical remote applications.

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Hardware List:

Industrial Cellular Router UR32

UR32

    • Compact Design
    • Advanced Fail-over Solution
    • WAN switchable to LAN
    • Reliable VPN technology
    • Ethernet Port

Ethernet is a LAN technology that has lots of advantages including superior versatility, speed, and compatibility. A trend to create LANs in the energy management process appears due to the increased number of electronic devices.

Solution

Ursalink worked with the Power Automation Pte Ltd. in Singapore to carry out this application successfully. The hundreds of power meters, industrial PCs and compact Ursalink UR32 cellular routers are efficiently supporting each other in this energy management solution.

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In this scenario, we can see, due to the compact design of Ursalink cellular router, UR32 can be easily deployed in minimal space without disruption.

One of the ETH port on UR32 router works as LAN to connect with a small industrial PC in the field (you may find in the picture that ETH port is not yet connected to the device, it’s because the picture was taken before that moment), for the energy data reading from power meters, which allows industrial PC to be connected and controlled.

Ursalink routers also have extensive protocol routing support. With built-in IPv4, OpenVPN, IPSec VPN, PPTP, L2TP and DMVPN, GRE, DHCP, any router can be easily deployed in hierarchical or large mesh network structures to operate as a router or a gateway. Besides, those protocols offer extra device and data transmission security to keep your information safe, and router bridges data between the field and the back-end monitoring center by cellular 4G/3G network.

The data communication between power meters and industrial PC is also relying on wireless radio frequency technology.

In brief, for energy data communication in the electricity metering solution, you can take advantage of Ursalink cellular routers to achieve massive cost-saving over traditional back-haul methods such as fiber or leased lines.

One great advantage of this wireless network is the implementation of cellular routers to be with an integrated data communication network having the collection and analysis data in real-time.

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Benefits:

    • Rich VPN protocols OpenVPN, IPsec, PPTP, L2TP, DMVPN, GRE ensures secure data transmission
    • Assure the uninterrupted network access by 3G and 4G cellular technology
    • To residential, commercial, and industrial customers who can better manage their energy usage, reduce overall power consumption, and even benefit from new pricing models.

About Power Automation Pte Ltd.

Power Automation company is a joint venture formed in 1996 between SP Group and Simens, providing innovative and cutting edge technologies that help to deliver power system control, substation automation, smart grid and metering and protection systems.