Events recorders for power, automation systems

CyTime 32-input event recorder has new features allowing it to serve as a stand-alone forensics tool for critical-power systems.


CyTime Sequence of Events Recorder, model SER-3200. Courtesy: Cyber SciencesCyber Sciences has announced new capabilities to its line of CyTime Sequence of Events Recorders, model SER-3200, for power and automation systems. The version 1.10 update, available for free download by existing customers, adds automatic time sync with an NTP network time server, as well as several other enhancements requested by customers. The CyTime features 32 high-speed digital inputs to monitor the status of a variety of key power system elements, such as breaker and switch status, generator operation, UPS and battery readiness, and relay alarms. In addition, any event can be activated to trigger a coincident waveform-capture by a compatible power meter.

Up until now, the CyTime has reportedly been used in large critical-power facilities such as hospitals, data centers, and refineries, as it required an IRIG-B GPS input for its precision time reference. With the new NTP option, the CyTime becomes a stand-alone “forensics tool” for facility managers of smaller data centers, server rooms, or other installations with complex power networks and alternate power sources. The CyTime event recorder’s integral web server presents the status of all monitored equipment at a glance, as well as a detailed record of all events time-stamped to 1-millisecond resolution—all over an Ethernet network using a standard web browser. The event log reveals what happened and when, providing valuable insight into an incident’s root cause, or advance warning of potential problems before they cause an outage. Whether used as a stand-alone event recorder, or part of a complete sequence of events recording system, the CyTime enables new visibility into power system operations.

Cyber Sciences Inc.

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