Information-communication modules (ICMs) also represent a part of the unique INTELLEMS platform. The occurance of these modules, as a special product group, was caused by the fact that with the development of technology and the falling of the prices of panel network analyzers, a large number of users in their drives replaced old analogue measuring instruments with digital. Wherever modern digital panel network analyzers were equipped with communication modules (RS 232, RS-485 Ethernet, etc.), they could have been used as measuring devices, and in such objects it did not make sense to duplicate the measuring part by installing the MIS.
In that sense, ICM as a product represents only the information part of the MIS. Data from the panel network analyzers are stored on the ICM in the same format as on the MIS, so that these devices are fully interoperable. Moreover, there are also cases where certain irregularities in consumption are detected in a particular distribution substation 10/0,4 kV or 20/0,4 kV (failure of one of the laterals, potential electricity theft etc.) and when due to the localization of the source of these phenomena in some period is also necessary to record the consumption of electricity at low voltage of that substation. In these situations, ICM and MIS can be connected so that ICM takes over the role of the MASTER device, which will synchronize its data with MIS (SLAVE) data and thus send them unified to a remote center.
In addition to communication with digital panel network analyzers, via the RS 485 or Ethernet port, ICM can communicate with other intelligent electronic devices and collect different data (intelligent temperature sensors). ICMs are equipped with a number of digital inputs (3) and outputs (2) to which various sensors can be connected (door sensors, motion detectors, smoke detectors, etc.), through which it is possible to set specific commands (switching on the light in object, etc.), so it can find its role in systems for object protection. In addition, it is also possible to connect a USB or IP camera through which it can collect additional information from the environment.
In order to achieve a certain autonomy in operation after power outage, ICMs are also equipped with a backup system, which provides the power supply of connected devices and sensors in a short time interval.
Configuration that proved to be the optimal is composed of information and communication modules:
- Panel network analyzer SOCOMEC DIRIS A40
- Intelligent temperature sensors that measure the temperature inside and outside the building
- Door sensor
- Smoke sensor
- The motion sensor
- USB Web Camera