Fast and easy retrofitting to IP communication

Overview

Wind turbine generators  

Wind turbine generators

  • Providers are replacing previously used ISDN or analog telephone networks with all-IP technology.
  • This switch-over can normally be carried out for private customers without a great deal of effort, but many commercial users see the communication switch-over as a huge challenge.
  • A simple plug-and-play solution for this challenge is the FL COMSERVER serial device with a web-based configuration interface from Phoenix Contact.

Application

Wind farm infrastructure  

Wind farm infrastructure

There are huge changes afoot in the field of telecommunications. For years now, many providers have been replacing their old ISDN or analog telephone networks with “all IP” technology. Even the market leader, Deutsche Telekom, is planning to switch off analog telephony and the ISDN network before the end of 2018.

While the switch-over of telephone networks can normally be carried out for private customers without a great deal of effort, many commercial users, such as operators of wind turbine generators, see the communication switch-over as a huge challenge. Because communication between the control room and the wind turbine generator or wind farm would no longer then be possible over a traditional ISDN or analog modem but rather over the Internet, the technology used at many systems has to be adapted, which can often be costly.

Solution

The simple plug-and-play solution from Phoenix Contact is realized with the FL COMSERVER serial device server with a web-based configuration interface. In the Modem operating mode, the FL COMSERVER acts as a dial-up modem, whereby the connection is established and terminated by AT commands. This provides a solution both for the wind farm and the control room based on modern IP communication simply by completely replacing the traditional modem without the need for any additional changes to the wind turbine generator or SCADA system Communication between FL COMSERVER systems is controlled in the devices. This is only where the allocations between the previously used telephone number and the new IP address are created via the easy-to-use configuration interface.

In addition, only a LAN or WAN connection is needed between the FL COMSERVER devices. This offers an encrypted and therefore secure VPN connection which is automatically protected to the highest degree against unauthorized access.

Communication between the wind turbine generator or wind farm, the control room, and the operator PC

Communication between the wind turbine generator or wind farm, the control room, and the operator PC over the Internet via FL COMSERVER

Integration into existing infrastructure
If an Internet connection is already available at your wind turbine generator or wind farm, this can be used without any problems. An FL MGUARD RS2000 router, featuring VPN functionality, can provide the necessary encryption. But even the more remote wind turbine facilities without the appropriate Internet connection can be connected easily via a mobile network. In these cases, the 3002T-3G/4G TC routers ensure the required connection and encryption, thereby putting security at the highest level.

Optional uninterruptible power supply
Should a severe communication failure occur in your wind turbine generator or wind farm due to a supply voltage failure in the communication system, the solution can be extended with a compact UPS system in order to remedy the situation. The UPS ensures that communication is maintained in the event of a voltage failure, and therefore allows you to send an active status update to the control room, or to any address via e-mail or SMS.

Your advantages

  • Complete replacement of the traditional ISDN and analog modem
  • No need to adjust the wind turbine generator controller or the SCADA system
  • Easy integration into existing Internet infrastructure
  • Secure communication over a VPN connection
  • Easy startup through web-based configuration
  • Connection of remote wind turbine generators over a mobile network

Products

DescriptionTypeOrder No.
Modem emulation
Serial device server for converting a serial RS-232/RS-422/RS-485 interface to Ethernet
FL COMSERVER BASIC 232/422/4852313478
Connection to Ethernet
Security appliance router in the metallic housing
FL MGUARD RS2000 TX/TX VPN2700642
Connection to ADSL
Industrial ADSL broadband router
TC DSL ROUTER X500 A/B2902710
Connection to a mobile network
Industrial 3G router
TC ROUTER 3002T-3G2702529
Connection to a mobile network
Industrial LTE 4G router
TC ROUTER 3002T-4G2702528
DescriptionTypeOrder No.
Modem emulation
Serial device server for converting a serial RS-232/RS-422/RS-485 interface to Ethernet
FL COMSERVER BASIC 232/422/485
Connection to Ethernet
Security appliance router in the metallic housing
FL MGUARD RS2000 TX/TX VPN
Connection to ADSL
Industrial ADSL broadband router
TC DSL ROUTER X500 A/B
Connection to a mobile network
Industrial 3G router
TC ROUTER 3002T-3G
Connection to a mobile network
Industrial LTE 4G router
TC ROUTER 3002T-4G

PHOENIX CONTACT (Pty) Ltd.

36 Lyn Road
P.O. Box 916
ZA-Ferndale 2160
+27/11/801-8200

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