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The End to End (E2E) Communication and Control System (referred to as the E2E system) seamlessly interfaces with utility Energy Management Systems (EMS) and manages the operation of Smart Wires Field Devices (SWFDs).
Utilities operators control of the amount of reactance provided by the fleet of SWFDs at the EMS level. EMS commands are transmitted to the PowerLine Gateway over a secure communication channel. The PowerLine Gateway is an IT/SCADA device, located at the substation, which provides configuration, observation, control and asset management services for the SWFDs. The PowerLine Gateway supports multiple communication protocols – including DNP3, IEC 61850, 60870-5-104 and others – and transmits the utility’s EMS commands to the PowerLine Coordinator. The PowerLine Coordinator, an IT/SCADA device located either in the substation or in the field, manages the secure wireless network that is used for communication with the SWFDs.
Optional PowerLine Manager software runs on a server located in the utility data center. This software includes features such as remote access to all the diagnostic data from the SWFDs and the ability to perform remote software updates.
Once the SWFDs are programmed initially, each unit largely controls its individual reactance injection on the transmission circuit. The SWFDs detect faults and automatically bypass when the current is at fault condition levels.