ABB announces SuprOS 8.5, system for communication network management

SuprOS 8.5, wireless communication network management system to enhance security and usability for utilities

ABB today announced SuprOS 8.5, a carrier-class communication network management system (NMS) capable of managing a utility’s entire field area network from a single console.

Managing large communication networks is a key foundation for building smarter electric grids. The number of smart grid connected devices is expected to double over the next four years. SuprOS provides network-wide visualization tools for fault, configuration and performance management from a single console. It can manage thousands of communication network devices.

SuprOS 8.5 adds support for ABB’s ArcheOS licensed sub-1 GHz point-to-multipoint (PTMP)/point-to-point (PTP) radios plus selected Cambium and Redline PTMP/PTP radios. It also enhances management for TropOS broadband mesh routers as well as ABB AFS Ethernet switches and routers. It also adds discovery, configuration view, mapping and fault management for ABB ArcheOS and selected Cambium and Redline PTMP/PTP radios plus full configuration and software upgrade management for ArcheOS. SuprOS 8.5 incorporates security and usability enhancements. The release provides new features for management of TropOS mesh routers, including enriched capability to gather and display statistics, plus monitoring and fault management for AFS switches and routers.

“Managing field communication networks with multiple systems is resource intense and leads to possible downtime. Using SuprOS 8.5, utilities manage their field networks from one pane of glass, increasing operational effectiveness and efficiency,” said Massimo Danieli, Managing Director of ABB’s Grid Automation business unit within the company’s Power Grids division. “This is another example of how ABB is facilitating increased automation of power distribution systems to enable a smarter grid – a key element of our Next Level strategy.”

SuprOS 8.5 is shipping and is available to ABB Wireless Complete Software Care program subscribers.