The need and our solution

The problem

The complexity of industrial-electrical infrastructure often obscures hidden hazards that system administrators have no way of detecting. This lack of detection has the potential to result in serious damage to existing infrastructure and even in loss of life. When left unchecked, electrical system hazards include: 

  • Potential fire hazards from electrical failures
  • Potential for electrocution
  • Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radiation
  • Damage to immensely sensitive equipment
  • Unplanned power-outs that causes financial distress

In addition to these hazards, the complexity of industrial-electrical infrastructure can potentially result in a variety of electrical faults. The faults vary in severity and frequency, ranging from: 

  • Loose contact of the neutral or phase Conductor 
  • Loose contact of the Protective Earthed Neutral (PEN) conductor
  • Fault loop impedance rise 
  • Short or stray currents
  • Dangerous contact voltages   
  • Loose contacts
  • Electrical faults causing electromagnetic radiation (ELF)

At the same time, electrical faults and hazards can cause other problems such as corrosion in water pipes and ferrous reinforcement bars, and damage to sensitive electronic equipment. Electrical faults also have the propensity to interfere with testing and measuring equipment in medical laboratories.    

If solutions are not created to tackle this problem, the aforesaid issues will be compounded and ultimately get worse. This issue is made evident by a simple analysis of fatal electrical injuries over the last 10 years. When analyzing workplace-related electrical injuries year-on-year, it can be observed that there was a 3.75% increase between the years of 2018-2019. This increase put 2019 on par with 2011 as the deadliest year in terms of work-related electrical injury fatalities

Our solution

ESP’s systems provide full utilization of its hardware and software. The hardware includes a controller and sensors that is installed in the electrical switchboards. At the same time, the sensors will transmit the measured data to the controllers. Thereafter, the information collected from the controller undergoes preliminary processing enfolded with a time stamp, and is sent through a wire or a cellular communication to the software. The complete process of gathering the data from all of the controllers is done simultaneously. 

The unique data collected by the hardware allows the software to analyze it and as a result, afford early detection of 96% of power failures, their severity, and location within the infrastructure. 

The synthesis work of the hardware and software, which together create a significant tool for energy management for the customer, means they do not need to be physically close. In other words, the software can be managed remotely by using a cellular modem