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February 01, 2010

Semaphore and LEM Intro Interface between T-BOX Line of SCADA System

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

CSE Global company Semaphore and LEM, a manufacturer of isolated current and voltage measurement components, have introduced an interface between Semaphore’s T-BOX RTU line of SCADA system products and LEMs Sentinel sensor.

The interface integrates Sentinel’s Standby Battery Management with the “push” messaging capabilities of the T-BOX RTU. LEM has also introduced “S-Box,” a branded T-BOX LT model that is integral to the Sentinel network architecture.
In addition to communicating with up to 254 Sentinel sensors, S-Box provides connections via LAN and Internet for transmission of alarms and periodic status information, said companies’ officials.
An IP-based telemetry solution, T-BOX enables the complete integration of SCADA control and communications functionality in one rugged package. It can keep multiple recipients informed of alarms, live process conditions, and historical information through e-mail, FTP and SMS text messaging. In addition, it also leverages Web technologies and public networks for decentralized monitoring and control systems.
Companies’ officials said that T-BOX products offer up to 50-percent less total installed cost per point in comparison to traditional SCADA/PLC systems and permit greater organizational access to data via automated reporting and browser software.
Designed for monitoring standby batteries, LEM’s Sentinel SBM is a comprehensive battery monitoring sensor. Companies’ officials said that the sensor measures voltage and impedance per bloc. In addition, it also offers the ability to monitor the internal temperature of individual blocs.
Companies’ officials said that monitoring standby batteries increases the life and performance of systems providing backup power in applications such as industrial UPSs, telecommunications, utility, safety-critical systems and computing dramatically.
“LEM is in a unique position to shape the future of affordable, high-quality continuous battery monitoring worldwide, and the collaboration with Semaphore is another step towards meeting the challenge,” said Loic Moreau, business segment manager for Energy and Automation at LEM.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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