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Ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

FOX615 Multiservice Platform
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Today's challenges.
Utilities today face a variety of challenges.

The growing trend towards the Internet of Things corresponding expansion of transmission
(IoT) has further reinforced the requirement for and generation capacity, pressure on power
robust and reliable telecommunications in todays grids around the world increases. This, together
digitalized world. Public telecommunications with the introduction of distributed renewable
have adapted to new applications and migrated power generation and the evolution of smarter
to packet switched technologies, whilst the grids increase the importance of intelligent
operational networks of critical infrastructure, communication networks. Utilities require
such as electrical power utilities, have remained a communication network that can deliver
bound by stringent requirements that guarantee outstanding performance more than ever in
reliability of service. order to guarantee the delivery of power, enable
new applications and more significantly the
As more utilities are privatized and strive to protection of your assets and the limiting
minimize CAPEX and OPEX and the steep increases of failures across the grid.
in power consumption continue, without the

Teleprotection functionality Integration of existing infrastructure

Safeguarding the electrical grid Investment cycles in utilities are much longer
Critical to grid operations is the protection of than those in the public telecom sector.
powerlines, through teleprotection.Teleprotection Protection and control equipment in electrical
systems were developed alongside the electrical substations, which is ultimately connected to
grids themselves, and the operational utility communication equipment, is particularly
communication networks used are mainly driven long-lived. The ultimate goal of commissioning
by those applications. In 1940, the average an all-Ethernet/IP network is still far away,
telephone user was just getting to grips with the particularly for power grids, which link hundreds
rotary-dial telephone, while ABB was deploying or even thousands of established substations.
power-line communications: utilizing the
electrical transmission infrastructure to A basic requirement of such a system would
carry teleprotection data and avoiding the need be longevity, with guaranteed performance as
for a separate Pilot Line. per established technologies. Unlike the full
network refurbishments often seen in public
Public telecom networks have evolved at an telecommunications networks, utility networks
amazing speed, this has been primarily driven evolve slowly, increasing in size and slowly migrating
by new applications (e.g. smartphones, YouTube, to new technologies in a step-by-step approach.
email) which results in a growing demand for This evolution means that high interoperability
increased bandwidth. Subsequently this has between existing and new installations as well
resulted in network solutions with a higher as parallel operation of both is a must.
capacity for data transmission with a lower focus
upon the quality of service. Teleprotection
systems, in contrast, have always operated under
the pressure of protecting critical infrastructure.
Reliability and quality of service is paramount,
resilience is required, while new technologies and
techniques must prove themselves robust enough
to match, or exceed, the existing equipment before
they can safely be used in the electrical network.
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Ethernet Ethernet

2-Wire RS-232

TRIP & IEEE C37.94

Distance Differential
Protection Protection

Utility environment, a challenge in itself Cyber Security- Layered communication

01 FOX615 Multiservice
Platform Guaranteed These days most offices grind to a halt in the face architectures ensure improved network security
communication of a failed internet connection, but no industry Packet-based networks use publicly documented
performance for
critical applications compares to electrical transmission in being protocols, and utilities are potential targets,
dependent on robust, resilient, and predictable so a comprehensive (and co-ordinated) security
communications. Only suppliers with an intimate policy is essential across the entire network.
knowledge of the industry can supply, and
maintain, equipment capable of meeting that Depending on the application requirements,
unique set of demands. different measures need to be taken, starting
from denial of service protection, protection against
In addition to extremes of temperature, utility data modification using authentication, up to
communications equipment is also exposed to encryption of confidential data and centralized user
magnetic and electrical fields, which are particularly account management. This ensures a defense
severe during short-circuit events. In order to in depth approach and is supported with the
maintain the high levels of availability required, FOX615 platform. Additionally the static
especially in emergency situations, utility approach of MPLS-TP, with much less protocols
communications equipment must offer a robust being potential targets for attacks, and the
and reliable design that has proven capabilities natively integrated SDH technology reduce
for providing accurate functionality under extreme potential attack surfaces.
conditions. In dusty and remote environments,
where regular maintenance cannot be
guaranteed, fan-less designs are preferable.
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Enabling seamless migration
and extension of existing
communication infrastructures.


01 FOX615 unit An outstanding multiservice platform for Division Multiplexing, TDM, which allocates
real-time utility communication. dedicated circuits to specific communications
02 FOX615 - allowing
stepwise migration ABBs FOX615 is a hybrid solution supporting and thus guaranteeing the required communication
from SDH to MPLS-TP traditional TDM (PDH / SDH) and Multi-Protocol performance parameters such as bandwidth,
with guaranteed
performance Label Switching - Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) the latency and symmetry. New standards today
latest standard designed to address the new are based on packet switched technologies
applications using packet switched technology (e.g. IEC 60870-5-104 or IEC 61850) and therefore
natively. The majority of existing communication integrate natively into a packet switched MPLS
networks of power utilities are based on Time backbone network.



Supported network. Combined networks. Future network.

Circuit-switched FOX615 FOX615 Packet-switched

Technologies Technologies

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

NG SDH Hybrid Platforms MPLS-TP
Ethernet over SDH SDH/ MPLS-TP

IEC 104 RTU Non-critical applications on PSN IEC 61850 over IP

Voice over IP (VoIP) Critical applications remain Traditional over IP
Video over IP on TDM Critical application on PSN
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Ethernet GbE/MPLS-TP

03 Switching


TDM Cross TDM E1 = STM-16



03 Universal Equipment
Well known features of SDH networks were left implementation of SDH and MPLS-TP in one
providing SDH and behind when MPLS was originally created for node, separating traffic according to their
enhanced Packet
Switched Network
dynamic public telecommunication networks performance requirements. One further option
(PSN) Services and implemented as IP/MPLS. Thats why an is to just implement a pure MPLS-TP node.
enhancement of the standard was required, FOX615 today offers much more to a utility than
leading to MPLS-TP bringing back those missing any other multiservice platform for real-time
features from SDH to the MPLS world such as utility communications.
bidirectional and static channel routing or end
to end channel supervision using Operational FOX615 the utility communication solution
Administration Maintenance (OAM). FOX615 FOX615 is designed to be deployed in harsh
provides native MPLS-TP and SDH functionality environments ranging from extreme temperatures
as part of the hybrid approach implemented. to magnetic and electrical fields, which can be
particularly severe during short-circuit events.
Furthermore it includes integrated teleprotection
FOX615 today offers much interfaces for distance as well as for differential
protection. These interfaces are designed to work
more to a utility than any other in TDM as well as in MPLS-TP networks. Especially
multiservice platform for the implementation of differential protection over
PSN networks imposes huge challenges, as the
real-time utility communications. PSN inherent jitter has to be compensated to
guarantee a reliable functionality. FOX615 can
The combination of state of the art SDH guarantee the communication channel performance
technology and future MPLS-TP technology required of those critical application. Additionally
provides an easy and flexible way to migrate FOX615 provides the possibility to distribute exact
technology in a utility network. All FOX615s which Time of Day information, pass it on to end devices
are deployed in the field today can easily be and can help to become more independent
upgraded to MPLS-TP. It also allows the parallel of any 3rd party clock source e.g. GPS.

Communication Networks functionality explained SDH IP-MPLS MPLS-TP

Static channel routing
End to end channel supervision
Deterministic data channels 1

Bidirectional channels *
Switchover < 50ms *
OAM based switchover
Sophisticated GUI for channel configuration
Easy configuration
Network Management System

* Supported with additional protocols

1 Deterministic network performance not as good as with SDH technology
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ABB's powerful network management system.

All ABB Communication Network Products are IP/MPLS with its dynamic protocols is well adapted
01 FOXMAN-UN Network
Management system fully integrated into FOXMAN-UN, including to the requirements of the volatile public telecom
FOX615 and its utility specific interfaces for networks, which are very different to those of
distance and differential protection. FOXMAN-UN stable operational networks; where knowledge of
provides sophisticated supervision features, such channel routing is more important than load
as a graphical representation of the communication dependent network reconfigurations.
network, a view of the synchronization status of
FOX615 network elements and performance
monitoring of links. In addition, FOXMAN-UN

allows certain tasks, such as firmware distribution The full integration of FOX615
and activation, to be automated and scheduled.
into FOXMAN-UN ensures
Minimizing maintenance easy configuration of multiple
FOX615 is configured using the FOXCST graphical
configuration software. Intuitive user dialogs,
network elements.
equipment views and the ability to configure
offline. It helps users to reduce down time
of network elements and to speed up Since MPLS-TP is a technology that uses network
troubleshooting. The full integration of FOX615 management systems for channel configuration
into FOXMAN-UN ensures easy configuration instead of running many dynamic protocols on
of multiple network elements, especially the the node, the operation of the network and the
Networking Package option which allows general parameters of performance become
efficient and failure-save automatic configuration significantly easier. This is an important aspect in
of MPLS-TP communication links in a network. the power utility environment. Releasing the network
This also allows the operation of larger networks elements from all these dynamic protocols has
with reasonable efforts. FOXMAN-UNs unique many advantages. For example, it makes the setup,
ability to integrate a range of ABB Utility configuration and troubleshooting of the nodes
Communication devices helps operators to much easier, it also reduces the complexity of the
enhance the overall performance of utilities node itself with corresponding cost savings on
operational networks. hardware and the power consumption of the node.

Utility dedicated know-how.

We are over 75 years of utility
communications experience.

At ABB wed like to take you into the next ABB Communication Networks - We are here
generation of teleprotection technology, and we for the lifetime of your network
have the experience and equipment to do so. ABB is a long-standing and experienced supplier
Weve been protecting critical infrastructure for of solutions for power utilities. These include
more than a century, but our history is one of network supervision, protection systems and
constant innovation taking the best new communication solutions for operational
technologies and developing them for challenges networks. ABB also actively participates
unique to the industry, and unique to you. in organizations like CIGRE, IEC and IEEE,
contributing recommendations and standards
Long product life cycle measured in for future developments in the electric power
decades not years industry. As one of only a few companies
Just as important as the specifications and that provides both communications and
integrations is the commitment and experience protection and control solutions for the operation
that ABB brings with its product range. The of power grids, ABB can deliver outstanding
telecommunications industry is highly volatile, solutions for the demanding applications of
with fast changing technologies, short product power utilities.
life cycles and different business models.
Customers can find themselves with limited ABB Communication Networks has a huge global
support and limited options, which is less of installed base of communication devices within
a problem when communication bandwidth operational networks, including teleprotection
requirements are growing rapidly, leading to devices, Power Line Carrier equipment and
complete replacement of installed base in short fiber optic communication. We are your utility
cycles. This is not an option for critical infrastructure, communications partner, ready for the challenges
where replacement is complex and availability of tomorrow.
and safety is at stake.

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Power Grids
Grid Automation
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