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Frequently Asked Questions

How is GridEye different from smart meters ?

Smart meters have been built to measure energy consumption in a building and to send the values back to a central station for billing. GridEye measures power quality according to EN50160 and IEC 61000-4-30 standards which gives a details view on the quality of the electrical signal and therefore the health of the network.

What are the minimum and maximum number of devices that you can put in a network ?

A GridEye installation can have as few as a single module to monitor a single network node. From there, it can scale to virtually any number of modules, as each substation area is an independent GridEye cell.

How does GridEye communicate data ?

Each module is equiped with an M2M (machine-to-machine) module with GSM communication for data exchange between modules in the same GridEye cell and between the gateway and the server. Through an IEEE-1588 Ethernet interface, the modules can be connected to any existing communication infrastructure, such as radio frequency, power line communication, fiber optics, etc.

Can GridEye communicate with existing metering infrastructure ?

GridEye can communicate at the server level with other infrastructures, such as smart meter or smart home installations. The measurement devices themselves are not built for communication between each other, but to transmit data to a central management station and to receive commands.

Do we need to maintain a network model for using GridEye ?

The GridEye control and optimization algorithms are built to operate without any network parameters. Only the data from the measurement points in any given cell is used for control. This makes the system plug & play and easy to operate without any tedious maintenance of a network database.

What happens, if a module fails ?

Every module contains the full software for measurement, control and data exchange with surrounding modules. Once the system is configured, the loss of a module lowers the accuracy and the control possibilities, but doesn’t impact the work of the global installation.

What does GridEye do ?

GridEye is a real-time measurement and control platform for the management of the low-voltage distribution grid, that monitors, controls, stabilizes and optimizes the network.

Is the GridEye server the brain of the system ?

The intelligence of the GridEye platform resides on the decentralized modules, which contain the measurement circuitry and the algorithms for grid knowledge and for energy flow optimization. The server is the data management system performing visualization, configuration, alerting, as well as data analysis, export and backup tasks. It’s in no case the central brain of GridEye as it’s not involved in control algorithms.

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