Communication, Information Technology & Smart Solutions Division was established in 1994 to provide engineering and consultancy services to energy industries. Today, after over two decades, we provide A-Z engineering and consultancy services to a wide range of industries such as power, telecommunication, oil and gas, water and waste water, ports, steel as well as health and transportation. It is one of the most important and fastest growing divisions in Monenco as a result of dealing with inter-disciplinary and high-tech businesses (responding to the needs of the country for advanced ICT utilizing activities). Having technical teams dedicated to SCADA and telemetry, dispatching and monitoring, AMI and smart solutions, mobile and fixed telecommunication networks, IT systems (IT Governance, IT Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architecture, BPR, Big Data, Data Centers, Data Model …), telecommunication master planning and telecommunication business and strategic planning has made us a reliable and unique consultant for our clients in providing total solutions. Benefiting from highly qualified engineers, software, hardware infrastructures and the valuable experiences of the company, the success of our clients in their plans and portfolios is guaranteed.
Dispatching Department provides consultancy services in various stages of consultancy and engineering for SCADA/EMS/DMS/OMS and automation plans in the power industry (including generation, transmission and distribution), water & waste water utilities, copper and steel production industries, metro & railway, oil & gas and other industries. In this regard this department has an extensive knowledge and expertise in the engineering of SCADA and telemetry systems, dispatching in transmission and distribution automation within the power sector, considering Cyber security.
The most important issue in operation of a big Electric Transmission network is to have good visibility. This visibility could be achieved by having a proper Dispatching and Automation system. Due to huge experience of this Department in designing such projects, the responsibility of achieving all engineering and supervision activities of Iranian National Transmission Dispatching project, covering design and supervision of main and backup control centers and regarded communication network, delegated to this Department. Another similar important national project is the Iranian National Gas project. This important countrywide project is being implemented under supervision of this Department, covering Telecommunication and SCADA. Oil Monitoring Center is another important national project that all engineering and supervision activities are delegated to this Department. Deep knowledge and experiences regarding digital transformation and smart grids, Industry 4 and Cyber security, makes us as a unique consultant in designing new and smart SCADA/EMS for Transmission utilities and SCADA/DMS/OMS systems for Distribution utilities, considering the state of the art Artificial Intelligence and modern digital technics, Cyber Security and Smart system Technologies, empowering Utilities for future Smart Grid Operation.
In 2016 Monenco was granted the first grade of expertise in SCADA and cyber security from the Ministry of Energy of Iran. Due to the importance of distribution automation projects created by our clients, we succeeded in getting smart distribution automation projects in Bushehr province, in the main city of Isfahan and DCMC (Distribution Management & Control Center) in Fars province, we are also awarded the project to supervise upgrading the SCADA system of MAJAN Electric Distribution Company, in Oman. Dispatching studies of integrated electricity network in South Pars Region was another important project in Oil and Gas field in 2020. In this year, this department also succeeded in renewing the transmission dispatching project for Fars provinces regional electric utilities. In this department we also offer consultancy services regarding designing various Dispatching buildings and other vital facilities, considering ergonomics, security and architecture services.
ICT Department of Monenco has an extensive presence in different industries, namely Power, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Port, etc. Having technical teams dedicated to mobile and fixed telecommunication networks, IT systems (IT Governance, IT Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architecture, BPR, Big Data, Data Centers, Data Model, e-Government, Data Mining, etc.), telecommunication master planning and telecommunication business and strategic planning have made us a reliable and unique consultant for our clients in providing total solutions to them.
Also, developing ICT Master Plans, Enterprise Architecture, IT Business Models, ICT Governance and Business Process Reengineering are the other main expertise areas of the department. Considering our professional team, the ICT Department of Monenco is able to play the role of a high-level consultant company to fulfill industries’ needs. In the following ICT Department capabilities, proficiencies, and lesson learned in 2020 has been described.
The ICT industry never stands still. This rapid, ever-changing stream is full of technologies, tools, software frameworks and endless ideas. Some of the newest issues, such as Block chain, Data Mining, Smart Contracts, etc. were our main research topics which concluded papers and technical reports in recent year.
Also, e-governance issue is one of the most exciting and innovative fields out there, and to stay ahead of the competition, we need to keep our finger on the pulse and our eyes on the trends, so we focused on the target and succeed to design the first ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) platform for Energy Industry of Iran which would be able to connect GSB (Government Service Bus) in the future.
On the other hand, according to the technology development, one of the most important issues for making the infrastructures up to date is new technological equipment installation which needs new design and special implementation methods. In 2020, the ICT department succeeded to gain new experience in this regards.
► Due to TDM based voice call switching network restriction, new IP switching network based on different technologies were identified. So, we suggested IMS technology as new IP based network to transport voice calls on all over Iran for Telecommunication Infrastructure Company (TIC). The necessity of capital investment for implementing this infrastructural ICT project leads to investigating among different partnership methods like Public-Private. To this need, the ICT department provides multi-discipline consultancy services consisting of the legal, technical, and economic feasibility study for TIC.
► While Traditional Electric Power Utilities (EPUs) relied on TDM-based telecom infrastructures like PDH/SDH and SONET But, SDH networks might not be able to handle IP-based services in an efficient and effective way. To better addressing telecom needs in EPUs we started migration projects in Iran EPUs. We have planned hybrid solutions with deployment of layer 3 IP/ MPLS infrastructure alongside with current SDH one by adopting WDM (wavelength division multiplexing) technology to satisfy future needs and maintain legacy features that are still required for the communication network. These approach guarantees soft migration toward fully-IP network for EPUs which can constitute a modern infrastructure in order to cover all future needs of the EPU and play as an enabler for EPU digital transformation. We present this idea as telecommunication master plans for Fars, Tehran, Khorasan and Yazd Regional Electric Company. By the end of 2019, we started to compile a professional book in Persian, based on our experts’ knowledge, experience and all lesson learned of the projects as a valuable ICT Book for all interested readers. Fortunately, at the end of 2020, the book of Telecommunication, Theory to Practice, has been finalized and got ready to publish.
Smart Smart Solutions Department starts its engineering and consultancy services from 2009 in different fields regarding digitalization and intelligence of systems, functions, and equipment in real world (Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Industry 4, AI, Blockchain and Smart Contracts) with better and faster than any other solutions on the market. We provide consultancy services for Municipalities, Organizations, Factories, and within the Power system (G&T&D), Oil & Gas, Water and Waste water and other major industries.
From 2009 our engineering and consultancy services for Iran National Smart Metering Project (FAHAM) is ongoing. In this project, developing interoperability specifications among different layers of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) based on international standards and securing the measuring layer, communication media, and the Meter Data Management (MDM) considering detailed risk assessment based on ISO standards, ICT architecture with security protocols, operation directives for AMI component (functional and non-functional requirements), and Business Continuity Plan (BCP) document are the main achievements. Also, technical specifications for different types of single and three phase smart meters (CT, CT/PT, and DC) as well as ICT architecture and functional/ non-functional requirements for MDM/AHE systems were prepared by our department.
In 2015, our department has expanded its engineering services to comprehensive design of other smart grid domains such as micro-grids and remote monitoring of power plants and transmission networks. From 2018, Smart Solution Department developed its consultancy services to present broad solutions in Smart City with focus on:
► Smart City architecture
► Municipal asset management
► IT road map
► Business and Strategic planning
► Urban resource management and
► Preparing RFIs & RFPs
► Preparing investment packages foe clients
Due to the development of advanced data analytics algorithms in recent years, Smart Solutions Department developed an AI platform that is capable of several types of data mining tasks. This platform is the outcome of “Online Predictive Maintenance & Predictive Anomaly Detection of Turbine-Generator Dependent Parameters based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Platform” contract, used for predictive maintenance of gas turbines in a power plant. However, it could be used for predictive maintenance of other critical assets in different industries such as reciprocating compressors, centrifugal compressors, pumps, etc., and also for various data mining tasks. It consists of three main parts including communication, core and UI.
► The communication part could connect to servers, databases and data warehouses via different protocols (such as Modbus).
► The core part is a machine learning algorithm which is configurable and could be customized for every different problem.
► And the UI part can be customized according to the client’s request.
Recently, this department is improving its new services in centralized Power Plants/Industrial Plants Monitoring System in which client’s desired parameters are gathered by different tools and infrastructures and monitored in a unique dashboard.
Providing consultancy services in Smart CNGs and UFG detection are our new fields of activities for Oil and Gas Industry including developing strategic plan for smart metering infrastructure and consultancy services for smart metering of gas distribution network.