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Echelon Corp. has announced the beta availability of three new Control Operating System (COS) software applications that run on Echelon control nodes and are managed at the utility's data center.

The company says its COS Transformer Protection App enables operators to remotely monitor electrical parameters such as energy and maximum current per phase, along with physical parameters relevant to the transformer's health, such as temperature, moisture level and door open/close status.

Echelon's COS Service Quality Assurance App can continuously pull and analyze power quality and other status information from all smart meters on the distribution network, the company adds. This data can be reported in total or on an exception basis.

Alternately, in order to further reduce data deluge, Echelon says the app can instead pull and analyze data from a subset of meters that are strategically located at the middle or at the end of feeder lines.

The COS Revenue Assurance App identifies areas of loss on the distribution network by tracking energy usage at distribution transformers and comparing it with usage at meters attached to that transformer, Echelon explains. Exception data can then be reported to the operations center so that utility personnel can be deployed most efficiently.

Echelon's COS apps are currently available for beta testing through the end of the year.


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