ASTROSE Basic Package

The ASTROSE basic package includes sensor nodes, wireless base stations, server, and the software package.

Wireless Sensor Nodes (FSK):

Basic versions:

  • FSK, Harvester version
    This version uses a harvester for its power supply. The data is transmitted via a 2.4 GHz WLAN connection.
  • FSK, Harvester version with GSM connectivity
    This version uses a harvester for its power supply. The data is transmitted via the GSM network.

Special versions are available for particular use cases:

  • FSK, Battery version
    This version relies on batteries for power supply. The data is transmitted via a 2.4 GHz WLAN connection.
  • FSK, Battery version with GSM connectivity
    This version relies on batteries for power supply. The data is transmitted via the GSM network.
  • FSK, Battery version with 2.4 GHz WLAN and GSM connectivity
    This version relies on batteries for power supply. The data is transmitted via a 2.4 GHz WLAN connection or the GSM network.
ASTROSE-Funksensorknoten
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ASTROSE-Funksensorknoten

Stationary and Mobile Wireless Base Stations

The stationary ASTROSE wireless base station usually comes integrated in the receiver antenna. It receives the monitoring data from the sensor nodes and forwards them to the ASTROSE server, usually via an LWL connection.

Antenna with integrated stationary base station: Substation Rieder
Antenna with integrated stationary base station: Substation Rieder

The mobile base station (see image) was designed with flexible use with a laptop in the field in mind.

Mobile wireless base station
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Mobile wireless base station
Mobile base station connected to a laptop
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Mobile base station connected to a laptop

Server

The ASTROSE server stores and manages the incoming datasets. The server typically uses industry-grade PC hardware without active fans, preferably for top-hat rail mounting.

Industry-grade PC for ASTROSE software and database
Industry-grade PC for ASTROSE software and database

Software

Centralized Data Capture 

All monitoring data received from the sensor nodes are captured and stored in a central database that forms an integral part of the ASTROSE software. A modern GUI offers efficient filters and formats for visualizing different datasets.

Online Analysis of Monitoring Data

The internal online analysis of incoming monitoring data allows the immediate detection of any disruptions in the power grid. In the case of significant incidents, the system automatically notifies the operator.

GUI for the Online Analysis of Monitoring Data
GUI for the Online Analysis of Monitoring Data

Data Interface with the Grid Operator’s Control Systems

The IEC 60870 protocol helps feed the monitoring data directly into the grid operator’s control systems.