ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies, is set to upgrade its supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system for the power network at Dubai International (DXB).
The upgraded system will include replacement of the central computers and deployment of the latest version of ABB’s Network Manager software.
It will connect to the existing field devices (remote terminal units, bay control units and main distribution boards) and increase the operational reliability and efficiency of the power network to support a large-scale airport expansion plan.
ABB delivered the first Scada system to Dubai International in 2004 and the monitored network has grown five-fold since then.
In addition to augmenting capacity and offering, advanced features include highly efficient real-time alarm and event handling.
ABB’s Scada solution provides a common power distribution automation system and today handles data signals from approximately 100,000 sources distributed over the entire power network at any given time.
As part of the current system, field-based sensors continuously monitor detailed data related to the power network in real time, and provide the operator with analytics to support decision making processes and optimise operations.
Claudio Facchin, president of ABB's Power Grids division, said: “This upgrade will provide advanced automation of the power distribution network and enable reliable and efficient power supplies to the world’s busiest international airport, optimising the use of resources and minimising disruption to passengers.
“Grid automation and leveraging our software portfolio to deliver enhanced customer value are key elements of our Next Level strategy supporting our Internet of Things, Services and People approach."