Intelligent Data Acquisition
GE's MDS WiYZ™ is an intelligent data acquisition and networking platform combining wireless connectivity for sensors, I/O, instruments and meters with comprehensive network infrastructure solutions for IP/Ethernet and serial, machine-to-machine and backhaul communication to host systems and devices. Whether your application requires the collection of data from remote, unpowered sensors or deployment in areas with obstructed communication paths or a bridge for data using the cellular infrastructure to your enterprise network, MDS WiYZ products provide versatile, reliable and cost-effective solutions.
MDS Mesh Networking
The MDS WiYZ implements the ISA100.11a standard for mesh network communication between Remotes and the Gateway. ISA100.11a is an open mesh network standard developed by the International Society of Automation (ISA).
WiYZ Application Advantages
The WiYZ Gateway is a powerful and flexible device facilitating wired and wireless connectivity to host systems and Enterprise
networks. The WiYZ Gateway supports up to 4 wireless connectivity options for bridging communication between Mesh, Cellular, WiFi and MDS wireless.
The WiYZ Gateway establishes and maintains the ISA 100 mesh network. It also collects data from WiYZ Remotes. Data can be locally stored on the gateway in between transmissions to Enterprise networks resulting in significant savings in cellular communication costs. Alternatively, the gateway supports Modbus for direct polling of sensor and I/O data in real time. The WiYZ Gateway operates as a multi-device hub and bridges IP/Ethernet and serial communication (either wired or wireless) anywhere, between remotes, controllers and PLCs and host systems.
MDS WiYZ Remotes are packed with features and functionality to match up with a diverse range of remote monitoring and control requirements. Each Remote accommodates 2 Analog Inputs, 2 Analog Outputs, 2 Digital Inputs and 2 Digital Outputs. One RS232 port is used for configuration. A second RS232/RS485 port is available for connection to an external device.
MDS WiYZ Device Manager
Use the web based WiYZ Device Manager for convenient, intuitive configuration and maintenance of WiYZ devices. Device Manager is resident in the WiYZ Gateway and can be accessed via the Ethernet port or over the air via any of the backhaul options. The WiYZ Device Manager provides a comprehensive set of tools and utilities such as configuration wizards, device profiles for repetitive configuration tasks and utilities for saving device configurations and upgrading firmware.
Wireless I/O Extension
Use the MDS WiYZ I/O Extension feature to regenerate I/O signals at meters, RTUs and controllers when direct wiring is too expensive or impractical. Gas wellhead pressure values can be monitored by a WiYZ remote located at the wellhead and regenerated by another WiYZ remote into an RTU or Flow meter.
Remote Data Collection & Network
Collect process data from remote assets using IP/Ethernet to local PLC or controller for monitoring and control applications where it is cost prohibitive to run signal wire or when power is unavailable. Use WiYZ to directly connect sensors, transducers or I/O from instruments and meters. WiYZ Remotes automatically form a mesh network around obstructions to the WiYZ Gateway.
Cellular or MDS eNET Backhaul
When Operations centers and Enterprise networks need long range access to remote sites, use the Cellular infrastructure or MDS eNET option. The WiYZ Gateway operates not only as the access point to the MDS Mesh network, but also supports WiFi for local drive-up data access.
Substation Network Infrastructure
When a utility uses WiFi at a substation to collect data from IEDs or RTUs and monitor status/condition information the WiYZ Gateway can operate as the WiFi access point to bridge wireless Ethernet and serial data onto the Cellular network or private MDS eNET network. The WiYZ Gateway also supports wired Ethernet and serial connectivity to interface other devices and systems.
Facility Data Acquisition and Networking
When process facilities need to automate data collection from remote assets, metering devices and controllers WiYZ has the versatility not only to form a mesh network around obstructions and interference but also to provide wireless serial and IP/Ethernet connectivity. The WiYZ Gateway can operate as a WiFi remote for connection to an existing WiFi network or create a MDS eNET network for a comprehensive network infrastructure.