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Distribution Automation

Embed intelligence where you need it within your network. Our distributed automation applications combine true distributed intelligence with the power of centralized oversight.

RT|Auto-Sectionalizing and Restoration (RT|ASR)

Automatically restore power after an outage to as many homes and businesses as possible—without operator intervention. RT|ASR software monitors distribution feeders for outages, and controls SCADA switches to isolate faults and reroute power.

Fault isolation

RT|ASR automatically locates and isolates line sections affected by a fault.

Automatic feeder switching

The software restores power by taking the same actions a highly trained operator would, given similar circumstances.

Proven intelligence

Connectivity models and real-time feeder conditions are used to make switching decisions.

Overload avoidance

RT|ASR checks transformer loading to ensure that switching operations don’t cause an overload.

Extensive safety checks

Prior to performing any automated switching, RT|ASR software ensures that maintenance personnel are not working on the circuit, and verifies communication and data integrity.

Communication

The RT|ASR solution uses a variety of communication methods (e.g., Ethernet, serial, and radio) to facilitate communication to devices and other substations.

RT|ASR software runs on standard, Windows*-based servers or hardened systems available from many manufacturers. It is a member of the RT Smart Grid Platform, which interoperates to power the Smart Grid—from field device to substation to control center—and integrates seamlessly with all enterprise systems.

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RT|VAR/Volt Control (RT|VVC)

Lower substation source voltage—and substantially reduce costs—with our automated VAR/Volt solution. RT|VVC software controls tap changers, capacitor banks, and line voltage regulators to flatten the voltage profile along distribution lines and maintain prescribed end-of-line voltage.

Distributed intelligence

Place the decision making directly at the point of control. The RT|VVC solution runs in each substation to provide automatic round-the-clock voltage conservation.

Dynamic end-of-line detection

Continually monitor switching configurations to calculate dynamic end-of-line changes.

Real-time voltage data

Acquire real-time voltage data from multiple points on each feeder, either directly or via your AMI system.

Control for multiple feeders

Automatically account for the effects of tap change settings on all circuits fed from the substation.

Multiple vendor support

Blend devices from different vendors. RT|VVC software is certified to work with products from multiple manufacturers.

Remote monitoring

Measure, record, and report real-time energy savings that result from the use of the RT|VVC solution.

Planning assistance

Identify optimal placement of capacitor banks, line regulators, and other devices. RT|VVC software can help you build a more intelligent, efficient network.

RT|VVC runs on standard, Windows*-based servers or hardened systems available from many manufacturers. It is an application of the RT Smart Grid Platform, which powers the Smart Grid—from field device to substation to control center—and integrates seamlessly with all enterprise systems.

Contact us to learn more about RT|ASR and RT|VVC.