ABB and Intel have signed an agreement to collaborate on next-generation distribution automation systems.
The companies will also work together on products for protection and control in utility and industrial applications.
“ABB and Intel are jointly opening the doors to future substation protection schemes,” said Alessandro Palin, managing director of ABB’s Distribution Solutions business. “Customers will benefit from the support of two major digital technology leaders instead of one. Together, we will drive the development of next-generation technologies.”
The pact will see ABB’s substation control and protection device, SSC600, powered by Intel’s Xeon processors. The SSC600 centralizes all protection and control functionality in a single, IEC 61850-compliant device at the substation level to reduce network complexity and support asset management.
Intel said that ABB is the first global manufacturer of medium-voltage protection and control devices that aligns with Intel’s virtualization and centralization strategy for distribution networks. The aim of the strategy is a single, centralized, software-driven device with extensive application coverage.
“SSC600 powered by Intel Xeon processors is a flexible, scalable solution that enhances the security of critical protection systems in the substations while enabling greater visibility and easy access to valuable data,” said Christine Boles, vice-president of Intel’s Internet of Things Group.