Automating the transmission of data from remote industrial control systems – a Solandeo Case Study

In industrial settings like manufacturing and energy production, transmitting data from devices that use the standard RS485 data communications port is required.
By: Perle Systems Inc.
PRINCETON, N.J. - Feb. 7, 2020 - PRLog -- The Internet of Things (IoT) has dramatically reduced the need for human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Automating the process to access and collect information from equipment that is isolated at remote locations, and transferring that data over a network, is now commonplace across industries.  However, as the number of connected devices grow, common challenges arise. In industrial settings, like manufacturing, energy production, and industrial control systems, transmitting data from devices that use the standard RS485 data communications port is required. One example is the smart meter.

In Europe, households and cooperatives solar installations and battery storage facilities are classified as battery storage operators.  While they use the electricity generated by their installation, they can also use the storage to participate in electricity balancing markets. Government legislation requires the installation of a smart meters in these instances.

Benedikt Pulvermüller, Teamleiter Technik at Solandeo comments, "We provide a smart-metering service that generates accurate and reliable metering and billing information. Today, smart metering systems for battery storage customers mostly use cellular modems for transferring energy information. Even though this set up looks great on paper, many customer meters are installed in cellars [basements]. Mobile signals in cellars are generally poor and we needed a major rethink to be able to provide a better service."
Solandeo realised that a Serial Device Server would be the ideal product to replace the cellular modem. Device Servers transmit data from equipment with RS232/422/485 ports over Ethernet LANs

"Access to the smart meters is now secure, reliable and straight forward, even in locations with poor mobile phone network coverage – just how we envisaged it," comments Mr. Pulvermüller.

Because most equipment found in industrial settings use an RS485 data communications port, integrating Serial Device Servers ( during an automation project will provide a secure way to connect, monitor, manage and control industrial equipment over a network or the internet. Equipment isolated at remote locations can be integrated into a network to increase business operational efficiency and flexibility.

About Solandeo:

Solandeo is a leading independent meter operator with a portfolio of thousands of smart meters throughout Germany. Solandeo's clients are principally industrial consumers, providers of battery storage for community or cloud-based solutions, as well as some gigawatts of renewable generation, ranging from a small 3 kWp PV plant to a 100 MW wind farm.

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