System Integration & Control Systems Design


Keep safe what is yours

March 2016 System Integration & Control Systems Design

Cable theft is having a devastating effect on the South African economy, resulting in indirect costs of an estimated R5bn for the country’s fixed line operator Telkom and parastatals Eskom, Transnet, Prasa and Metrorail alone.

This crime not only costs state enterprises billions annually in damages due to the destruction of essential power and telecommunications infrastructure, but the costs associated with power outages and telephone communication interruptions for private entities can be crippling.

Extreme Automation Projects provides a solution to deal with this threat

Extreme Automation Projects’ locally manufactured RMACS (reticulation monitoring and control system) provides South African building owners and businesses with a reliable and cost effective cable theft detection solution.

The core function of the RMACS is to provide reliable earth cable monitoring and thus prevent or deter cable theft. The system operates in standalone mode, but can easily interface and enhance the functionality of any existing BMS (building management system) using Modbus. Although RMACS is Modbus based, suitable drivers can be made available to interface with other network platforms.

RMACS provides various purpose built I/O modules to monitor and control MV and LV main and sub distribution boards. It monitors events such as power supply failures, earthing abnormalities or any other equipment typically found in large buildings.

A scada based graphic user interface provides for the easy viewing of system events with full data logging and provides security graded access levels for management, maintenance personnel and operators. Other benefits include:

• Cost effective way of monitoring electrical reticulation of buildings, shopping centres etc.

• Locally engineered system and installation teams.

• Protection of all major cables through the building.

• Monitors powered as well as unpowered cables.

• The system is scalable and can connect to an existing BMS.

• Security personnel viewing screen for event display.

RMACS is ideally suited for office buildings, shopping centres, hospitals or any other large complex.

For more information contact Paul Young, Extreme Automation Projects, +27 (0)82 577 3047, info@extautoproj.com





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