CPMS monitors and controls transfer switches, paralleling control switchgear, gensets, circuit breakers, power distribution and other gear so it can intelligently interact with a facility building management system. Also, it enables unlimited customization of monitoring and control throughout a facility or campus through the use of ASCO PowerQuest®.
CPMS differs from supervisory control and data acquisition and electrical power management system in that it also encompasses technical service and support, which are essential to emergency power reliability and availability. In fact, lack of proper maintenance is the number one cause of on-site power failure to start. Incorporating these business-critical elements enables building owners and facility managers not only greater monitoring and control, but an increased life cycle for the on-site power system.
Emerson Network Power provides three fully customizable ASCO PowerQuest CPMS packages to help facility managers and building owners select the right system for their facilities. To enable better decision making, ASCO Project Managers will provide CPMS expertise to answer all questions and help guide the user through the installation, commissioning and operation of the critical power management system. The Support team assists the facility manager every step of the way to ensure a seamless transition to the new power management system. Finally, training is provided to the facility staff enabling a better understanding of the system and how it operates.
Other benefits the ASCO PowerQuest provides to a CPMS are interoperability, flexibility, scalability and centralization. Interoperability allows all components (up to 128 different components) to reliably work together. Flexibility facilitates configuring a power monitoring and control system for virtually any on-site power system. Scalability ensures system capacity can grow with future expansion and upgrades. Centralization provides the ability to manage and control access, resources and data security.
Since the CPMS provides superior monitoring and control capabilities to almost every facet of a facility, it needs to have appropriate safeguards and security. ASCO PowerQuest provides login security, three different levels of security access, an AES 128-bit encryption and firewall network security. The system also automatically logs the user out after a period of inactivity. Up to 100 clients can be registered for ASCO PowerQuest CPMS access.