Grid & Substation Automation
A Chapter of the
- RTU — Remote Terminal Unit
- SCADA — Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
- IED — Intelligent Electronic Device
- SER — SEQUENCE OF EVENTS RECORDING
RTU most commonly stands for Remote Terminal Unit, but is sometimes also used as an abbreviation for Remote Telemetry Unit or Remote Telecontrol Unit.
RTUs are devices that rely on microprocessors and communication interfaces to automatically monitor and control field devices and establish a bridge to the plant control or SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems.
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems collect, monitor and process real-time data to:
- Automate and control industrial processes remotely or locally
- Provide a human-machine interface (HMI) to directly interact with devices such as relays, sensors, generators, pumps, valves and others
- Record events and automate reporting
Sequence of events recording (SER) is performed by microprocessor based systems, which monitor collected data inputs and record the time and sequences of the changes.
Sequence of events recorders rely on external time sources such as GPS or radio clocks to record the exact time of state of each change.
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