Smart Meter Data Collection and Automation

Get the most out of your meters with our pow­er­ful gate­ways, load curve col­lec­tors and front-end software

What do Smart Meter Gateways do?

Smart Meter gate­ways pro­vide advanced pro­to­col con­ver­sion and automa­tion func­tions to enhance the con­trol and data exploita­tion of smart meters. The gate­way col­lects the data in real-time from one or mul­ti­ple smart meters via meter­ing pro­to­cols like IEC60870‑5–102, DLMS and Mod­bus and then trans­fers it upstream to a con­trol cen­ter or SCADA system. 

The data trans­fer usu­al­ly requires data wrap­ping in TCP/IP or DLMS wrap­per and/or the con­ver­sion to stan­dard com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­cols such as IEC60870‑5–101/104, Mod­bus and DNP3.0. Some gate­ways can also process and con­cen­trate the data as well as exe­cute automa­tion sequences on site to fur­ther opti­mize the exploita­tion of the meter­ing data and thus the ener­getic per­for­mance of the facility.

Why Use a Smart Meter Gateway?

Advantages with iGrid T&D

Why Use a Smart Meter Gateway?

  • Improved super­vi­sion and con­trol over your smart meters
  • Full exploita­tion of col­lect­ed data
  • High­ly auto­mat­ed smart meter management
  • Improved inter­op­er­abil­i­ty for mul­ti-ven­dor net­works and retrofits
  • Flex­i­ble net­work topol­o­gy and com­mu­ni­ca­tion medium
  • Improved reli­a­bil­i­ty through local data stor­age and redun­dant networks
  • Con­nect­ed or inter­nal PLCs can be used to process data or exe­cute automa­tion sequences and math­e­mat­i­cal expressions

 

Advantages with iGrid

  • All-in-one solu­tions, com­bin­ing time man­age­ment, load curve col­lec­tion, data con­cen­tra­tion, pro­to­col con­ver­sion, real-time data col­lec­tion, trans­fer and storage
  • Pro­to­col con­ver­sion to and from DLMSIEC60870‑5–102, IEC 62056–21 and Mod­bus, plus TCP/DLMS wrap­ping for IP/Ethernet networks
  • Full inter­op­er­abil­i­ty in any elec­tric facil­i­ty – col­lect data through any pro­to­col and map it to IEC60870 or DNP3
  • High­ly secure, flex­i­ble and scal­able solu­tion, adapt­able to any sys­tem requirements/ net­work topology
  • Mathematical/ log­ic based pro­cess­ing to cre­ate new data to report to the con­trol center
  • RSTP, HSR and PRP redun­dant net­works
  • Sim­ple & user-friend­ly con­fig­u­ra­tion, oper­a­tion and commissioning
  • Local, inter­nal data stor­age with high pre­ci­sion time stamp­ing (+ RTC) to pre­vent any data losses
  • Inter­nal PLC based on IEC 61131, eas­i­ly pro­gram­ma­ble with our free iConf tool

Smart Solutions for Smart Meters

Smart Meter Gateway

Our gate­ways and RTUs can­not only col­lect data from up to 24 meters, but also serve as com­plete com­mu­ni­ca­tion front-end for the entire ener­gy net­work (pow­er plant, BMS, sub­sta­tion etc.) com­bin­ing advanced auo­ma­tion and net­work­ing func­tions with mul­ti­ple con­nec­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties with first or sec­ond lev­el SCADAs and Con­trol Centers.

All of our prod­ucts can col­lect meter­ing data in real-time using any com­mon meter­ing pro­to­col such as IEC60870‑5–102, IEC 62056–21, Mod­bus and DLMSPri­or to trans­fer­ring this data, the data can be direct­ly processed by the iGW/iRTU using math­e­mat­i­cal or log­i­cal expres­sions, which can be eas­i­ly defined with the user-friend­ly and free iConf toolThe con­nec­tion to the con­trol cen­ters can be estab­lished through any avail­able com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work (GPRS, VSAT, ana­log radio, Eth­er­net, etc.) and run on pro­to­cols such as IEC 60870‑5–101/104, IEC 61850, Mod­bus or DNP3.0. We are spe­cial­ly com­mit­ed to advanced solu­tions based on IEC 61850, find out more about about them here

We hold longterm rela­tion­ships with major meter­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Lan­dis & Gyr and Itron, allow­ing us to gain expe­ri­ence with their devices all around the world. Our prod­ucts are designed to col­lect all kinds of meter­ing data as for exam­ple billing infor­ma­tion, loss cal­cu­la­tions, pow­er qual­i­ty and gen­er­a­tion trends, just to name a few. Con­trol and main­te­nance staff can also access the meter by estab­lish­ing a bypass through the gateway.

Load Curve Collection, Processing and Transfer

In addi­tion to col­lect­ing real-time meter­ing data every sec­ond, our smart meter gate­ways can also col­lect load curves, which can be trans­ferred upstream in real-time, by request or periodically. 

There are four ways we can do that:

  • Con­vert­ing the load curves into sig­nals with a val­ue and time stamp and send­ing them to the Con­trol Center
  • Stor­ing the data in a file and trans­fer­ring the file upstream via the desired protocol
  • Send­ing this infor­ma­tion via web services
  • Allow­ing the user to con­nect to the device and down­load the file directly

Smart Meter Gateway, RTU, PLC, Plant Controller — All in One Device

Just like our soft­ware, our ver­sa­tile, high-per­for­mance hard­ware (iRTU & iGW fam­i­lies) can apply the entire iGrid T&D pro­to­col suite and thus com­mu­ni­cate with any device in the pow­er plant plant or the grid-inter­fac­ing sub­sta­tion. Using iGrid T&D hard­ware as plant con­troller and/or sub­sta­tion RTU is in turn the eas­i­est way to main­tain full ven­dor-inde­pen­dence.

Thanks to our long-term expe­ri­ences and R&D activ­i­ties in gen­er­a­tion appli­ca­tions and our pow­er­ful soft­ware com­mu­ni­ca­tion core, we can pro­vide a broad port­fo­lio of solu­tions for ener­gy gen­er­a­tion projects. Our secured and cost-sav­ing hard­ware com­bines mul­ti­ple roles and func­tion­al­i­ties with­in one device:

  • Plant Con­troller to con­trol, col­lect and process data from all plant devices, such as invert­ers, track­ers, string box­es, solar arraysm, envi­ron­men­tal sen­sors and meters
  • Real-time data col­lec­tion and trans­fer, through mul­ti­ple ser­i­al and eth­er­net ports as well as inte­grat­ed dig­i­tal and ana­log I/Os with high pre­ci­sion and reli­able time syn­chro­niza­tion
  • Mul­ti-lay­er Pro­to­col Con­vert­er for all desired pro­to­col con­ver­sions accross plant devices, plat­forms and net­work levels
  • Pro­gram­ma­ble Log­ic Con­troller (PLC), pro­gram­ma­ble in 5 lan­gauges with IEC 61131 using the free iConf tool
  • Auto­mat­ic Gen­er­a­tion Con­trol (AGC) and Pow­er Plant Con­trol (PPC) for active mar­ket par­tic­i­paction and grid support
  • Smart Meter Gate­way, map­ping meter­ing sig­nals in DLMS, Mod­bus or IEC60870‑5–102 onto upstream pro­to­cols such as DNP3 to pass the meter­ing data on to con­trol centers/ mas­ter stations
  • Sub­sta­tion Gate­way with advanced IEC 61850 and redun­dan­cy capa­bil­i­ties to con­nect to con­trol cen­ters, Eth­er­net, GPRS and IP net­works, IEDs, plant and sub­sta­tion equip­ment, ser­i­al devices and data bases
  • Data Con­cen­tra­tion with our unlim­it­ed smart meter man­age­ment soft­ware or iGW devices, which can col­lect data from 24 smart meters at the same time
  • Load Curve col­lec­tion, pro­cess­ing and transfer
  • Bay Con­troller Unit (BCU)/ Sub­sta­tion RTU, con­trol­ling, col­lect­ing and pro­cess­ing data from all devices that are part of the grid con­nec­tion, sub­sta­tion and pro­tec­tion sys­tem, such as relays, switchgear and transformers

Different Devices for Different Demands

Now that you know what our devices are capa­ble of, choose the hard­ware you need.
Soon we will also be able to present the new iRTU­com­pact for gen­er­a­tion and smart meter­ing applications.

iGW – The Same Software in Its Favorite Case

The iGW is a pow­er­ful and reli­able pro­to­col gate­way, able to run either in stand­alone or redun­dant modes, car­ry­ing 4 ser­i­al ports and an (option­al) embed­ded Eth­er­net switch for 2 addi­tion­al Eth­er­net ports (total of 4).

iGWlite – The “Lite” Gateway

The iGWlite comes with 1 Eth­er­net, 1 RS485/RS422 and an option­al RS-232 port (cop­per or fiber) or a 2G/3G/4G modem tak­ing lit­tle space on a DIN-Rail, but still employ­ing the full iGrid pro­to­col stack.

iRTU – The Gateway with Integrated I/Os

The iRTU is an intel­li­gent and scal­able bay con­troller with inter­nal and con­fig­urable I/O capa­bil­i­ties for direct data acqui­si­tion, pow­er­ful pro­to­col con­ver­sion (incl. IEC 61850), high-pre­ci­sion time­stamp­ing and an option­al embed­ded Eth­er­net switch.

How­ev­er, com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­cols are not the only fac­tor to con­sid­er when one is going for max­i­mum flex­bil­i­ty and inde­pen­dence. Our prod­ucts can be ordered with a range of com­mu­ni­ca­tion ports and I/Os to serve dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion media. For exam­ple, an iRTU can car­ry an embed­ded Eth­er­net switch to con­nect to sev­er­al redun­dant Eth­er­net net­works, sev­er­al ser­i­al ports for ser­i­al IEDs or meters, and a GPRS modem for wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the con­trol center.

Hav­ing every­thing com­bined in one future-ori­ent­ed device saves a lot of time and mon­ey, whilst remote plant loca­tions, com­plex net­works and even­tu­al changes/replacements stop being a cost­ly threat to your invest­ment. Fur­ther pre­ven­tion against finan­cial loss­es can be pro­vid­ed by redun­dant infra­struc­ture. iRTUs/iGWs can be oper­at­ed in hot-stand­by redun­dan­cy modes and sup­port RSTP/PRP/HSR to pro­tect your net­work from any device fail­ures.  

Fur­ther­more, our gateways/ con­trollers are capa­ble of high pre­ci­sion time-syn­chron­za­tion (<1ms) via PTP or NTP and car­ry inter­nal high-accu­ra­cy Real-Time Clocks (RTC, 1ppm). This allows to record events with a micro-sec­ond time stamp­ing accu­ra­cy, even when con­nec­tion to the time source (mas­ter­clock) is lost, per­mit­ting to trace fail­ures back meticulously.

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Time Management

All of our devices are capa­ble of high pre­ci­sion time-syn­chro­niza­tion (<1ms) via PTP or NTP and car­ry inter­nal Real-Time Clocks with a an accu­ra­cy of 1ppm. This allows to keep on record­ing events with a micro-sec­ond time stamp­ing accu­ra­cy, even when con­nec­tion to the time source (mas­ter­clock) is lost, per­mit­ting to trace fail­ures back meticulously.

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iConf Tool

iConf has been specif­i­cal­ly devel­oped for elec­tri­cal appli­ca­tions, sav­ing you lots of time and mon­ey through­out the con­trol sys­tem set-up and main­te­nance tasks, whilst also min­i­miz­ing your project risks. You can use the soft­ware tool to con­fig­ure all igrid devices and soft­ware sys­tems as well as design IEC 61850 projects, to up and down­load your con­fig­u­ra­tions, and cre­ate your own tem­plates. 

Network Redundancy

All of our devices can pro­vide RSTP, HSR & PRP (IEC 62439–3) redundancy

  • Mod­ern sub­sta­tion automa­tion with­out pack­et loss­es and latencies
  • Invis­i­ble to the appli­ca­tion and usable by most indus­tri­al Eth­er­net protocols
  • For appli­ca­tions requir­ing high avail­abil­i­ty and quick switchovers
How­ev­er, com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­cols are not the only fac­tor to con­sid­er when one is going for max­i­mum flex­bil­i­ty and inde­pen­dence. Our prod­ucts can be ordered with a range of com­mu­ni­ca­tion ports and I/Os to serve dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion media. For exam­ple, an iRTU can car­ry an embed­ded Eth­er­net switch to con­nect to sev­er­al redun­dant Eth­er­net net­works, sev­er­al ser­i­al ports for ser­i­al IEDs or meters, and a GPRS modem for wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the con­trol center.

Hav­ing every­thing com­bined in one future-ori­ent­ed device saves a lot of time and mon­ey, whilst remote plant loca­tions, com­plex net­works and even­tu­al changes/replacements stop being a cost­ly threat to your invest­ment. Fur­ther pre­ven­tion against finan­cial loss­es can be pro­vid­ed by redun­dant infra­struc­ture. iRTUs/iGWs can be oper­at­ed in hot-stand­by redun­dan­cy modes and sup­port RSTP/PRP/HSR to pro­tect your net­work from any device fail­ures.  

Fur­ther­more, our gateways/ con­trollers are capa­ble of high pre­ci­sion time-syn­chron­za­tion (<1ms) via PTP or NTP and car­ry inter­nal high-accu­ra­cy Real-Time Clocks (RTC, 1ppm). This allows to record events with a micro-sec­ond time stamp­ing accu­ra­cy, even when con­nec­tion to the time source (mas­ter­clock) is lost, per­mit­ting to trace fail­ures back meticulously.

Powerful, Secure and Reliable Communication Technology

We want to keep the oper­a­tion of your pow­er net­work as sim­ple as pos­si­ble with­out renounc­ing advanced func­tion­al­i­ties. For this rea­son, based on our in-field expe­ri­ence, we designed pow­er­ful and flex­i­ble hard­ware for the ener­gy indus­try. Our user-friend­ly hard­ware facil­i­tates smooth imple­men­ta­tions and can be eas­i­ly adjust­ed to your needs with our free & sim­ple iConf tool

We are aware of the broad diver­si­ty of com­po­nents a sys­tem con­struc­tor is con­front­ed with. With our solu­tions you no longer need to wor­ry about sys­tem topol­o­gy, com­mu­ni­ca­tion media, com­pat­i­bil­i­ty or net­work inef­fi­cien­cies.

We encour­age to set up open and scal­able com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work archi­tec­tures, which will allow you to com­fort­ably react to any kind of changes in your PV plan­t’s net­work and replace third par­ty devices at any giv­en time.

Although our devices are already con­fig­urable and ver­sa­tile by design, we also pro­vide fur­ther prod­uct con­fig­u­ra­tions and tai­lored ser­vices upon request.

Glob­al Com­pli­ance and Interoperability

Thanks to our expe­ri­ences with elec­tri­cal net­works and sub­sta­tions in a vari­ety of indus­tries all around the plan­et, our prod­ucts have been pre­pared for an imm­mense range of high-demand­ing require­ments and stan­dards, guar­an­tee­ing a peace­ful approval process for any project in any coun­try. Our cer­ti­fi­ca­tions range from EMC com­pat­i­bil­i­ty and com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­col stan­dards like IEC 61850 to cyber secu­ri­ty means and have been assert­ed by third par­ty cer­ti­fi­ca­tion bod­ies like DNV GL/ KEMA.

Why Use a Smart Meter Gateway by iGrid T&D? 

Our advanced Smart Meter Gate­ways can han­dle a broad vari­ety of pro­to­cols and archi­tec­tures but also pro­vide numer­ous oth­er tech­no­log­i­cal fea­tures and func­tion­al­i­ties for all kind of appli­ca­tions and requirements.

As a client you can ben­e­fit from a unique­ly flex­i­ble and scal­able all-in-one solu­tion that is easy to use and saves a lot of costs through­out the entire project.

Solution Benefits & Functions

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Full real-time control over all devices and meters

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Control of up to 24 meters with one device

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Load curve collection

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Strong certifications from independent certification bodies

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Maximum network flexiblity

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High cyber security standards

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Guaranteed approval

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Optimized efficiency and generation output

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Local and remote data storage

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Customized training & support

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Remote maintenance/ testing

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Improved reliability & security 

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Wireless SCADA communication

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Remote substation monitoring and control 

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Automated generation control (AGC)

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Powerful & comfortable data recording including data exports & SQL

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Worldwide high and medium voltage compliance

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Automatic alarms & reporting

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Minimize data losses

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Data concentration

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Historical & real-time trends analysis

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State-of-the-art technology (incl. IEC 61850)

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Role-based access control

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Engineering & maintenance cost reduction

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Customized solution

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Full interoperability and vendor-independence

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Automatic data storage

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Supervisory control

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Reduced space for human error

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Graphical visualization of measurements & data

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Fault diagnostics

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Simple device set-up/ deployment

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Local & global alarm generation

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Simple retrofits

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Lost energy analysis

Our Smart Metering Services

  • Smart Meter Gateway
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion front-end for meter mange­ment systems
  • Load curve and real time data col­lec­tion, con­cen­tra­tion, process and transfer

Sleep Peacefully with Expert Cyber Security 

iGrid T&D enforces sev­er­al lay­ers of secu­ri­ty mea­sures guid­ed by the propo­si­tions of the IEC 62531 stan­dard to pro­tect its devices from all kinds of threats.

Our hard­ened devices fea­ture Role Based Access Con­trol (RBAC) to avoid intrin­sic risks such as secu­ri­ty holes and unau­tho­rized actions by authen­ti­cat­ed users.
In addi­tion to end-to-end encryp­tions via TSL/SSL, HTTPS, SSH and stan­dard pro­ce­dures for VPNs (e.g. Open­VPN), its com­mu­ni­ca­tion can also be secured with net­work con­trol meth­ods such as fire­walls, IP fil­ters, ACL or TCP port blocks.

Full Independence for an Open Architecture

All of our prod­ucts sup­port sev­er­al types of com­mu­ni­ca­tion media, such as wire­less (GPRS/ 3g, 4g), VSAT, ana­log radio, Eth­er­net or Ser­i­al, and can com­mu­ni­cate with the entire iGrid T&D pro­to­col suite. Thanks to our exten­sive expe­ri­ence we can ensure the seam­less inte­gra­tion of our prod­ucts with any third par­ty devices.

Hot-Standby Redundancy

All of our devices can oper­ate in hot-stand­by redun­dan­cy mode:

  • Hot-stand­by server/device is updat­ed continuously
  • Clients and IEDs auto­mat­i­cal­ly switch to the hot-stand­by server
  • Ser­i­al loop redun­dan­cy (hot stand­by gate­way acts as a (vir­tu­al) ser­i­al port to arrive to dis­con­nect­ed devices)

PLC Automation

All our devices can exe­cute logical/mathematical func­tions and automa­tion sequences with super high speeds thanks to their PLC capabilities.

The inte­grat­ed PLC is high­ly scal­able and has been applied in all kinds of fields to solve a broad vari­ety of challenges.

iConf­PLC
User-friend­ly and graph­i­cal pro­gram­ming mod­ule (edi­tor) for automa­tion sequences and PLCs based on IEC 61131–3.

Related Projects

Smart Metering Protocol Converter

In this project the iGW was deployed by a major meter man­u­fac­tur­er in over 150 gen­er­a­tion plans, con­cen­trat­ing 8 high-end meters through DLMS as well as map­ping and send­ing the data to the con­trol cen­ter via the IEC60870‑5–104 and Mod­bus RTU.

Communication Front-End for Smart Metering Application

In this project the IGW-VM soft­ware appli­ca­tion mon­i­tors and con­trols thou­sands of meters, col­lect­ing all their data, includ­ing load pro­files, through sev­er­al pro­to­cols (e.g. Mod­bus, IEC60870‑5–102 and DLMS) and deliv­er­ing it to a meter­ing appli­ca­tion using JSON web­ser­vices

Smart Metering Products

iGW‑S Substation Gateway

Pow­er­ful and reli­able sub­sta­tion gate­way, able to run either in stand­alone or redun­dant modes, with an embed­ded Eth­er­net switch (4 ports) and IEC 61850 client and serv­er capabilities.

iControl SCADA

High-per­for­mance SCADA for the man­age­ment and con­trol of one or sev­er­al PV plants. It can run either in client/server or stand­alone mode, pro­vid­ing advanced func­tion­al­i­ties such as hot-stand­by redun­dan­cy, auto­mat­ic line col­or­ing, events noti­fi­ca­tion (via e‑mail and sms), SQL log­ging, advanced data ana­lyt­ics and reports generation.

It can also serve as Smart Meter Gate­way, direct­ly com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Smart Meters with the same redun­dan­cy and com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­col capa­bil­i­ties as our hardware. 

iRTU – With I/Os for Direct Data Acquisition 

Com­pact and scal­able bay con­troller which can act as IEC 61850 client or serv­er, fea­tur­ing con­fig­urable I/O boards for direct data acqui­si­tion, high-pre­ci­sion time­stamp­ing and an option­al Eth­er­net switch for addi­tion­al Eth­er­net ports.

iRTUe – Remote I/O Extensions 

iGWs, iRTUs and third par­ty mas­ter units can be freely extend­ed by con­nect­ing one or sev­er­al iRTUe.

They are IEC 61850 (GOOSE) com­pli­ant and come in many con­fig­u­ra­tions such as 48 DI, 16 relays, 16 AI, 24 DI + 8 relays, 24 DI + 8 AI or 8 relays + 8 AI.

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