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HARDWARE

Overview of Hardware Groups

The MPL architecture comprises several key elements:

    i.    Measurement Hardware: A range of high resilience
          power strips and in-line units offering scalable
          intelligence and feature sets. The units are capable
          of measuring volts, amps, kW, KW/Hrs, kVA, PF
          and environmental conditions (temperature and
          humidity).
          Further, options are available to accommodate for
          Residual Current Monitoring (RCM) and MID application

          (for billing purposes). None of the measuring devices
          require an IP address.

    ii.    Individual Circuit Monitoring: A building block
           approach to power and energy monitoring bringing
           together a scalable configuration utilising a Voltage
           acquisition module (for the entire system), multiple
           Current acquisition modules to measure consumption,
           combined with a wide portfolio of sensors to measure            load currents (both AC and DC). This includes sensors
           to support the non-invasive monitoring of circuits.

    iii.   Measuring Instrument Directive (MID) approved
          devices: 
Including MID sub metering products and MID

 

           compliant PDUs and In-Line Units for legacy and new
          
build programmes.   

    iv.   Sub Metering: Installed in addition to existing primary
           billing meters. This allows the client to measure, record
           and profile the electricity/utilities usage for individual
           areas within their estate

   

     v.   Data Collection Gateways: Designed to centralise data
           collection from the power strips, in-line units or
           third-party equipment, including sub-metering. The
           Gateway range will monitor up to 32,128 or 256 devices
           using a single IP Address. The power strips/in-line                   units are connected to the Gateway via the MPL Comms
           Bus (RS485). Thresholds can be set up in the Gateway
           (user defined) to provide instantaneous alarming and
           alerting via email or SNMP. For individual circuit
           monitoring applications, the N-GEN Gateway is deployed
           to centralise data collection from the data acquisition   
           modules.