Operators of remotely located wind and solar generating facilities spend considerable time each morning and afternoon coordinating the ingress and egress of employees and contractors working at their remote and often isolated installations which can be a serious distraction from higher priority operating responsibilities.
Most solar and wind generating facilities do not have HID badge-based access systems and most are unmanned requiring employees and contractors to call control room operators to announce their arrival and departure. Because these requests take place at the beginning and of the work day, system operators who are responsible for dozens of sites spend several hours taking phone calls, making manual log entries and verifying access permission and requirements. At the same time, system operators are responding to alarms, coordinating switching and clearance operations, coordinating generation dispatch and managing other higher-priority responsibilities. To keep construction and operating costs low, most installations do not have automated access systems, and most are unmanned. Authorized employees may have keys or lock combinations required to enter a site, but safety requirements soundly dictate that they announce their arrival into and out of generating facilities. Challenges faced by operators include:
Youtech USA’s Smart Lock technology is a system of keyless locks, digital smart keys, and management applications that streamlines the access to remote and unmanned facilities, including commercial rooftop solar generating sites, utility scale solar and wind generating sites, utility substations and related facilities. The solution consists of:
When properly installed on site access gates, control rooms, and buildings the Youtech Smart Lock System can reduce the time and attention the control room operators must spend managing and tracking access to remote facilities. The Smart Lock System’s ability to dynamically grant and revoke permissions based on business need and track and record operations allows facility owner/operators to rigorously control physical access to facilities with minimal disruption to higher priority operating responsibilities.
The Youtech Smart Lock system provides enhanced control and monitoring of physical access to remote facilities. Owners and operators of low-impact bulk electric system facilities, including solar, wind and energy storage facilities, can greatly enhance security at a level of cost and complexity much lower than badge-based access control systems. Key benefits of the solution include:
Smart locks require no batteries and are designed to operate for a lifetime in the harshest conditions providing excellent security at low cost;
For a fraction of the cost of a typical HID badge system, and the same robustness of a lock-and-key system, entities using the Smart Lock technology can reap the following security and compliance benefits:
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