Power meter with email on alarm

The Shark® 200 meter now supports email on alarm. This allows the power meter to alert an end user when an alarm condition occurs. Such alarms can include over/under voltage, high demand, breakers’ operations and many other important power system anomalies. In addition, the Shark 200 power meter now supports the ability to post energy reads on a scheduled basis using SMTP protocol. With this new technology, the meter can send this data out to a cloud-based software system for Internet of Things applications. Data can be sent to a cloud server that meters power usage, apparatus status and many other functions. The Shark 200 unit is used worldwide to measure and report on electrical power. Features include: 0.2 percent class revenue certifiable energy and demand metering; expandable I/O with 100BaseT Ethernet; V-switch key technology upgrade; extensive data logging; power quality recording; embedded Web server-with smartphone and tablet support; new DNP 3.0 over Ethernet; new IEC 61850 protocol.

Higher density modular power stack

GE Power Conversion created the LV3 power stack power module for renewable energy implementations with increased density, allowing it to reach 1,250 amps compared to previous offerings of 1,000 amps. Looking at the wind sector in particular, when implanted in GE’s LV3 converter, it creates up to 25 percent more power given the same wind converter footprint. This next generation power module has more flexibility and reliability than GE’s earlier power modules thanks to a single modular design. It can be used across different sectors, including wind, tidal and solar. The proven modular building blocks increase the components’ speed to market. The standardized power stacks allow the same converter to be used throughout one installation, reducing the amount of training each engineer must undertake. The standardized product leads to easier inventory management and can also result in similar parts being used in greater volumes across different sites and sectors. The LV3 power stacks will be at the core of GE Power Conversion’s low-voltage converters.

Real-time cyber attack detection for SCADA devices

Attivo Networks®, an information security threat detection solutions company, announced a new release of its deception-based Attivo BOTsink® solution that provides continuous threat detection on industrial control systems’ (ICS) SCADA devices used to monitor and control most manufacturing operations as well as critical infrastructure such as natural gas, oil, water and electric power distribution and transmission systems. Attivo Networks takes a different approach to detecting cyberattacks on ICS-SCADA devices than many companies. Instead of relying on signatures or known attack patterns, Attivo uses deception technology to lure the attackers to a BOTsink engagement device. Customers have the flexibility to install their own open platform communications (OPC) software while running popular protocols and PLC devices on the BOTsink solution, making it indistinguishable from production SCADA devices. This provides real-time detection of BOTs and advanced persistent threats (APTs) that are conducting reconnaissance to mount their attacks on critical facility and energy networks. In addition, BOTsink forensics capture information including new device connections, issued commands and connection termination, enabling administrators to study the attacker’s tools, techniques and information on infected devices that need remediation.

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