KC Power & Light Assists with DNP-based Products

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and Telemetric Corp., a provider of wireless remote monitoring and control solutions, are working together in the development of Telemetric’s wireless DNP communications products. KCP&L is providing technical and financial resources to assist Telemetric in development of two DNP products that are intended to reduce costs and improve efficiencies for electric utilities. These solutions will integrate with various intelligent devices from leading manufacturers, such as controllers for capacitor banks, automated switches, voltage regulators, load tap changers and reclosers.

DNP-RTM (Remote Telemetry Module) is a DNP 3.0 cellular communications module designed to offer low-cost communications for any DNP 3.0-compliant intelligent device such as controllers for capacitor banks, voltage regulators and reclosers. This new product offers wireless communication options for monitoring and controlling equipment in areas that do not have cost-effective communications. Telemetric introduced the DNP-RTM at the recent IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

DNP-Xchange is a software service Telemetric provides to access Telemetric products through SCADA applications. DNP-Xchange provides a DNP 3.0 communication link between Telemetric’s Network Operation Center and SCADA systems. With DNP-Xchange, any device that is connected to a Telemetric product becomes a DNP node that can be monitored or controlled by SCADA applications.

Carl Goeckeler, KCP&L’s lead distribution automation engineer, has been instrumental in helping Telemetric bring the DNP products to market. Goeckeler is a recognized leader for his work in distribution automation projects, authoring several papers on capacitor automation and helping define capacitor automation products currently on the market today.

Bill Downey, president of KCP&L Delivery, said, “The Telemetric DNP communication solutions show economic and technical promise for KCP&L to lower its automation costs and expand communications to equipment not previously automated. KCP&L believes this wireless DNP communication option will open distribution automation options for capacitor banks, regulators, reclosers, switches, fault indicators, and other applications for monitoring and control. This automation ultimately helps us improve our efficiency and power quality to our customers.”

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