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Connectivity that just works

Viola Systems specialises in advanced, industrial-grade wireless M2M (Machine-to-Machine) connectivity solutions that link remote sites and devices together seamlessly. Better connectivity translates into lower costs and higher system availability for utilities like India’s PSEB.

Implementing M2M connectivity via packetbased commercial 2G/3G cellular networks is an attractive option for companies that need to connect a range of remote devices, as it offers great potential for instant deployment, global coverage, and cost-effectiveness.

Customers typically face at least three key problems, however:, how to establish fixed IP addresses for remote devices for two-way communication; how to guarantee data security when using public networks; and how to minimise the changes needed to existing systems?

Viola stands out here, as it delivers totally secure end-to-end connectivity solutions that integrate remote devices and sites to centralised management systems, such as SCADA or HP OpenView, completely seamlessly – with no changes to existing systems required. The Viola M2M Solution™ is designed to be as hassle-free as possible and completely telecom operator-independent.

First of its kind

Distribution companies in India, such as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), have typically suffered huge losses in their operations because of the lack of any communication infrastructure to monitor energy usage at agricultural feeding points. Monitoring energy efficiency in real time at the feeder level is essential, and PSEB was keen to do this using existing meters.

Working with Viola Systems, PSEB has now implemented a first-of-its-kind GPRS-based Centralised Energy Accounting and Audit (EAA) system for agricultural feeders throughout the state. Thanks to the new system, PSEB now knows actual consumption levels for each feeding point and can detect overload situations in real time and initiate corrective action immediately.

Being able to see where energy losses are located improves energy efficiency, and knowing the level of real-time feeder demand means that additional power can be supplied outside of scheduled hours where needed.

Technology from Viola Systems has helped distribition companies like the Punjab State Electricity Board improve their performance significantly.  

Key benefits for power distribution companies

  • No need to replace meters, as existing units can
    be retrofitted
  • In-built drivers that work with any make or model of meter
  • Multiple meters at the same location can be connected with a single Arctic device 
  • Bidirectional data transfer pulls data from a SCADA system and pushes it from remote meters 
  • Industrial-grade devices ensure high reliability, through automatic connection, monitoring, and re-establishment 
  • Secure and redundant communication.
> Jyrki Penttonen
(Published in HighTech Finland 2010)