The TRUSense Gateway represents a first-to-market offering that supports the convergence of four major initiatives across the utility industry, including:
The TRUSense Gateway is a multi-purpose device that is installed in any existing ANSI meter socket to create a secure utility communication path into the premise, provide advanced power quality measurements and support broadband initiatives. Coupled with TRUSync™Grid Data Management, utilities can harness the power of data in an interoperable and secure manner.
TRUSense Gateways accelerate and simplify a utility’s journey to becoming more reliable, resilient and innovative. It’s an integral part of our Tantalus Grid Modernization Platform™ and provides utilities with improved visibility, command and control across the entire grid – from the substation all the way to devices located behind-the-meter.
As utilities witness the proliferation of DERs installed in residences, such as electric vehicle chargers, solar and storage inverters and smart appliances, being able to access and control these devices is becoming increasingly important and provides an opportunity to build robust demand-side flexibility programs to mitigate imbalances between the supply and demand of electricity, protect assets such as transformers, mitigate the expense of power outages and improve workforce safety.
By leveraging a Wi-Fi access point and HomePlug GreenPHY IP technologies that are embedded on the TRUSense Gateway, utilities gain a secured and dedicated communication path to connect to each device without relying on a consumer’s Wi-Fi network. Having a dedicated communication path to these devices enables utilities to build reliable demand-side programs effectively and accurately in order to reduce both peak demand charges and reduce long-term supply and transmission expenses.
Coupled with TRUSync Grid Data Management, utilities benefit from the true interoperability of data from each of these devices. Once secure IP communication is established through the TRUSense Gateway, DER technologies located behind-the-meter are directly visible and accessible to the utility and can be integrated with an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) or DER Management System (DERMS). Tantalus provides applications to harmonize communications protocols from the DERs (e.g., IEEE 2030.5, SunSpec MODBUS) to protocols used by ADMS or DERMS (e.g., DNP3), to manage the interaction of DERs with disconnect switches for demand-side programs.
TRUSense Fiber Gateway: Connects directly to fiber by use of a Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) Optical Network Terminal (ONT)
TRUSense Ethernet Gateway: Supports an outdoor ONT deployment (providing power to the ONT and connecting via an ethernet cable)
TRUSense Cellular Gateway: Leverages an embedded LTE modem for those utilities not deploying fiber to the home (FTTH) to leverage public or private LTE for AMI and/or DER integration
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