Time for smart grids
The way energy is generated and distributed is changing. As today’s large power plants are boosted by multiple sources of energy generation from wind farms to small-scale private solar-power panels, traditional operational strategies require a major rethink. All active sites must be integrated into the operational control system, and sub-stations will become essential monitoring and control points. What’s more, measurements need to be precisely timestamped to enable accurate analysis of network status and fast localization of any fault.
Precision and power
Accurate timestamping and synchronization between power infrastructure data points is key to rapid decision-making and automated assurance.
We’re now bringing accurate, reliable and cost-efficient packet time distribution to the edge of utility networks.
As the attack surface grows and conventional network protection methods become ineffectual, synchronization networks need to mitigate GNSS vulnerabilities.
Our small form-factor grandmaster clock technology has already had a major impact on telecommunication networks across the world, supporting mass small cell rollout for the transition to 5G connectivity. Now, we’ve extended the capabilities of our pluggable OSA 5401 and OSA 5405 Series to bring accurate, reliable and cost-efficient packet time distribution to the edge of power networks. These feature-rich and incredibly efficient devices meet the IEC 61850-9-3 Utility Profile and IEEE C37.238 Power Profile for precise time distribution and clock synchronization in electrical grids with an accuracy of 1μs. What’s more, the OSA 5401 and OSA 5405 include advanced GNSS jamming and spoofing detection mechanisms, which are integrated in a centralized AI-based GNSS assurance toolkit.
By supporting NTP, our solutions enable enterprises to run an on-premises, high-capacity NTP server for high levels of accuracy and uncompromised availability.
Compact design for universal applicability
Our technology delivers precise timing at the network edge, enabling utility networks to leverage flexible, real-time decision-making as well as automated monitoring and assurance. Requiring barely any power and taking up zero real estate, our OSA 5401 is ideal for deployment in the most space-restrictive locations. Its capabilities include multi-constellation GNSS (GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU) and accurate time and frequency recovery, even in challenging environments such as urban canyons. With our OSA 5405, highly precise GNSS-sourced synchronization is supported by network-based SyncE and PTP backups, enabling the precise, highly stable timing that utility networks need to meet today’s complexity, reliability and accuracy challenges. Both solutions can support PTP and NTP simultaneously and can convert PTP to NTP. They also feature an NTP server designed to withstand DoS attacks and able to support over 500,000 NTP transaction per second.