Track 3: Construction & Engineering for Network Reliability

The Role of IoT in Powering the Critical Facility

August 16, 2018 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

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Frank Van Hooft


The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to be a boon to Communications Service Providers as they provide the connections and transport for machine-to-machine communication via the cloud. Yet, IoT can play a role in their own networks, even inside their Central Offices and Critical Facilities, in perhaps the most unlikely of places – the CO power network. Today’s power systems and distribution networks provide limited insight into the performance of the equipment and the power delivered to critical loads. Adding intelligence to the power distribution network, from the DC power plant to the BDFBs and fuse panels to batteries and generators, can provide operational information such as voltage, current, breaker trip alarms, and even temperature. This information can be used in preventative maintenance to ensure optimal performance and reliability of the power network.

This presentation describes how intelligent power distribution works and the benefits of deploying this new architecture. It also provides an overview of the wealth of information available for maintenance and planning engineers and explains how to connect the distribution network to ensure compliance with the company’s IT department. Lastly, it tackles the issue of how to retrofit an existing network to ensure all the power equipment in the office is intelligent.