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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has added Ipower 5.0 to its DNP3 driver, providing a complete vertical industry solution for electrical transmission and distribution utilities.

Ipower reduces the cost of implementing, supporting and operating a Scada system and increases operational efficiency by providing a secure, consistent and intuitive interface for operators.

Prasad Pai, Ifix product manager for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, said: ‘It was built using the Ifix toolkit and delivers built-in object security, enhanced graphic capability, standard operator interfaces, alarm and event reporting and standard drag-and-drop electrical utility objects.’ The Ipower option reduces customer development and maintenance costs while delivering an easier-to-use Scada system.

DNP is the industry’s standard communications protocol, so the addition of the DNP3 driver offers the ability to communicate with a variety of devices, RTUs and substations.

The DNP3 driver is native to Ifix 5.0 and can also be operated independently as a stand-alone OPC server.

The DNP3 driver’s key features include DNP level 3 (requests and responses), on-the-fly configuration without requiring a system restart and sequence of events (level 3).

Pai added: ‘Ipower Scada with DNP3 makes it easy for even small utilities to install and maintain their own Scada.’ The addition of Ipower Ifix provides the following benefits: menu system for easy navigation; pan, zoom and declutter for uncluttered monitoring and easy navigation; electric Scada sample system and electric Scada object libraries to create the ideal look and feel; device dialogs for intuitive, consistent and safe operation; auxiliary screens to avoid information overload; industry standard safe and secure control; control tagging (locking) for safe operations; events, sequence of events and event history of efficient network management and fault finding; industry-specific lists such as ‘disabled alarms’ and ‘off normals’; and automated display configuration to drastically reduce the time and cost of Scada implementation.

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