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NOJA Power releases updated architecture for control and management software

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NOJA Power Switchgear has completely revised its proven Control and Management Software (CMS) for its OSM Automatic Circuit Reclosers (ACR) to run on Windows 8-powered portable devices and simplify system updates.

Electrical switchgear engineers NOJA Power has released version 2.0 of its Control and Management Software (CMS), a configuration tool used with NOJA Power’s OSM range of automatic circuit reclosers and associated RC10 controllers. The new version of the CMS uses a new architecture that suits the working methods of utility technicians who are increasingly reliant on portable and tablet computers for the configuration and control of ACRs.

The previous version of CMS was based on Microsoft’s SQL Server architecture and was less well suited to portable computing devices because of the network security restrictions typical of the enterprise computing systems that were required to support the software.

Now running seamlessly on Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system (OS) for portable computers and touchscreen devices such as tablet computers, CMS 2.0 also supports simple automatic software updates of the CMS package. 

Neil O’Sullivan, Managing Director of NOJA Power explains the previous version of CMS worked well, but was designed to work on corporate networks equipped with servers behind firewalls. The new CMS 2.0 is lightweight and portable, and suits the contemporary way of working with laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Main functions of CMS 2.0 include uploading event logs to a computer for analysis; running power system simulations for testing purposes; viewing real time and historical system measurements; configuring protection and SCADA communications settings; ACR operation; remote connection and control through a range of communications equipment; and construction of logic expressions to create custom functionality and SCADA protocol points.

Significant improvements to CMS 2.0 also include upgrades to the user interface such as an integrated help file system. By basing CMS 2.0 on an architecture suited to portable computing, the user can now more easily leverage all the features of the software.

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