Energy & Power
Transmission & Distribution
GE’s Universal Relay Family upgrade eliminates network failover time
By Anthony Capkun
May 2, 2013 – GE has made available the latest firmware upgrade for its UR (Universal Relay) and URPlus platforms, which are designed to eliminate failover time when a network failure occurs by delivering zero latency. By introducing Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP), this firmware release gives customers the power to make two local area networks (LANs) active to ensure that, should one fail, the other immediately takes over. Designed for utilities, oil & gas and mining customers, PRP makes both the primary and backup LAN active, ensuring that both LANs simultaneously transport current data. Customers with an existing installed base of UR relays can take advantage of PRP through GE’s upgrade program without the need to incur major capital costs. The UR product family also provides advanced security tools that support NERC’s (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) changes to its Critical Infrastructure Protection plan.