Smart Data Management - If You Know Your Past You Can Improve Your Future

ABB’s MicroSCADA Pro Historian handles large quantities of real-time information generated by smart devices embedded in the network.
Published: Thu 19 Nov 2015

Embedded sensors and intelligent devices in power grids, substations or power management systems provide rivers of data - up to millions of measurements per day. The question is how to manage all this data and most importantly how to extract the relevant business value from it.

“We need new efficient solutions for data collection, refinement and reporting to manage all this data in order to utilize it in a meaningful way,” says Mikael Molander, Global Product Manager at ABB.

ABB’s solution to the challenge is MicroSCADA Pro Historian, the latest addition to the MicroSCADA Pro family, which collects and archives data and provides visualization and analysis.

“Historian is a very powerful tool that can be easily integrated, or added to an existing MicroSCADA Pro installation,” says Mr Molander, who discusses the solution in detail in an Engerati webinar, MicroSCADA Pro Historian - If you know your past you can improve your future.

Features of Historian

Historian provides four basic features:

• Extensive gathering of power system data, with event-based data logging and data compression to optimize the data storage capacity as well as consolidation of data from multiple systems

• Simple intuitive control of complex data, with a flexible and customizable advanced user interface that allows arrangement of the workplace according to individual needs and adjustment of graphical views and trends reports, including e.g. one click switching between millisecond and annual data to contextualize individual events with long term trends

• Drag and drop interface, which enables easy composition and customization of views and export to other application, including e.g. adding variables to graphs and copying variables between graphs

• Quick extension of a SCADA operation without disturbing the operation of a running system with intuitive navigation to current and historical data.

Historian system architecture

Historian is typically deployed on a dedicated server, connected to the system server over the LAN, although integration with the system server is also possible. This allows data from the IEDs in the field to be logged via the system server to the Historian server, from where it can be visualized in the workplaces. In this way the system server is used for real-time data and analytics while the Historian server becomes the repository for historical data.

One system server can write data to one or more Historian databases, while one Historian database can received data from one or several system servers.

“Historian is aimed at company-wide usage, organizing data in a simple and meaningful way that can be easily interpreted for use across numerous functions,” says Mr Molander. These include system maintenance and planning, troubleshooting and diagnosis, business planning, customer service and reporting.

Applications of MicroSCADA Pro Historian

MicroSCADA Pro Historian is aimed primarily at the power transmission and distribution sector but is also appropriate for industrial power systems and applications such as railways, airports, buildings, etc.

In the webinar Mr Molander will present three installations with different use cases:

• At the Finland multi-utility Vaasan Sähkö as a system upgrade with trend and reporting functionality

• At an airport in Southeast Asia to provide improved SCADA reliability and scalability for future growth

• At a Sandvik industrial plant in Sweden to make better use of SCADA data and create value out of historical data.

To learn more about MicroSCADA Pro Historian, register here for the webinar.

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