Utilities – Electric, Gas & Water

The Energy and Utilities sector is in constant flux as the hunt for additional sources of power is balanced by environmental concerns. In addition, rapidly changing market dynamics, deregulation and cyber-asset protection requirements are forcing Utilities to consider new solutions to emerging issues.

As power utility and distribution companies move towards satisfying their NERC CIP requirements, demand for secure serial to Ethernet equipment in substations will be required. These devices must conform to the demanding environment conditions found in these locations such as Electric & Magnetic Fields, Electrostatic Discharge, Conducted High Frequency Electrical Transients, High Energy Power Surges and Ground Potential Rise during ground faults.

Specific environmental specification standards have been adopted for these environments. IEC 61850-3 sets the standard for reliability of communication networks and systems in substations. IEEE 1613 defines standards for the design of communication network equipment to be used in substations and industrial sites such as; IEEE C37.90.1 ( surge withstand and fast transient voltages ) and IEEE C37.90.2 ( radiated frequency immunity ).

Energy Utilities

Perle’s IOLAN Electric Utility Terminal Servers are designed to meet the harsh environments associated with power substations. With high and low voltage AC/DC power supplies and meeting emission, immunity and safety approvals associated with substation IT equipment, IOLAN’s are ideal for connecting any serial based equipment including protective relays to Ethernet. Industrial Temperature Media Converters are integrated in many large Utilities to extend copper infrastructures over Fiber. Perle has been recognized around the world for its reliable ‘plug and play’ device networking hardware. Here are a few examples in the Utility sector.

US Department of Energy use Perle Terminal Servers to meet NERC CIP Compliance

IOLAN Electric Utility Terminal Servers remotely manage the Phasor Measurement Units using a remote RADIUS authentication and authorization server.

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Stockton East Water District chooses Perle for Fiber to Ethernet upgrade

Geo-hazard and seafloor debris data gathered by the SBI on the ocean floor is transmitted to the surface for pipeline route assessment via Perle Serial to Ethernet Device Servers.

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National Electrical Grid implements monitoring and control over shared Telecommunications Networks.

Perle Terminal Servers provide network connectivity and advanced security for 60 remotely managed stations

Other clients in the Utilities Industry:

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NERC CIP Compliance Solutions

FIPS 140-2 Compliancy

Using Serial to Ethernet

Oil and Gas Utilities Market Opportunities

Closed Captioning Provider Improves Dial-Out Capacity with a Perle Terminal Server

Remove dial-up modems and connect to remote serial equipment across Ethernet network while still using AT command set

Access Control for Personnel Entrances

Using Fiber Media Converters

Avoiding common mistakes in fiber-optic network deployment

Calculating and Understanding Optical Power Budgets

Enterprise Network fiber–optic deployment – Using Media Converters to unlock performance and reduce costs during upgrades

Managing Large-Scale Media Converter Deployments

Media conversion can unlock the potential of Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs)

Media Converters in Campus Networks

Media Converters offer flexible expansion in Horizontal Networks

Media Converters offer major benefits during Backhaul Network fiber-optic upgrades

Quality of Service: Defining it and identifying its impact on high-priority applications

Using AAA Security for Media Converter Management

Using I/O Device Servers

Digital and Analog I/O Devices

Digital I/O Extension

Ethernet I/O Event Notification to a TCP/IP Application

Using Power over Ethernet

PoE in Remote Management of Telecommunications and IT Equipment

A Background on Power Over Ethernet ( PoE & PoE+ )

Benefits of using PoE Power Management Controllers in Power Sourcing Equipment

Power Reach Installation Planning for PoE Ethernet Extenders

Powered Device (PD) Reset Feature for PoE Ethernet Extenders