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Research and Development (R&D)


Spin, in 1992, was established as a company incubated inside the Technology Development Support Center (CDT) at the University of Brasilia-UnB and, since then, has a strong bond with Research and Development (R&D).

This proximity to the Academy makes the development of software and automation solutions a natural process.

Spin has a long history of conducting research and development projects with partner universities and research foundations. In addition, the company’s technicians have presented papers at many national and international conferences. Among the partnerships with universities and foundations, are:

  • Unicamp (DSEE-FEE): the energy management system project (AVEms – Energy Management System) implemented in CEB and used to manage the city of Brasilia.
  • EPUSP/PEA: with the Department of Energy Engineering and Electrical Automation – PEA USP/SP, Spin participated in three R&D projects with ANEEL utilities.
  • LAVSI (UnB): with the Laboratory of Automation, Vision and Intelligent Systems at the University of Brasilia, Spin developed through an ANEEL R&D project, the IEC-61850 protocol for the CEEE-D.
  • LAVSI (UnB): with LAVSI, Spin developed with support from the DF Support Research Foundation (FAP-DF), the Sapien project – Building Intelligent Automation System for Streamlining the use of electricity.
  • FAP-DF: in 2014, Spin initiated two projects with the support of FAP-DF, one is the development of new features in Action₀NET, that make it the best SCADA in Brazil; another is to develop acquisition and control unit (AUC) for monitoring the electricity network on a large scale.

Still with R&D focus, on various projects Spin provided the technology transfer service automation for both utilities companies and automation systems integrators .

Spin founding partners are masters in computer science from UFRGS and were Computing professors at the University of Rio Grande do Sul-UFRGS and the University of Brasilia-UnB. In their history there are academic papers presented at many national and international conferences.

Company employees also have historical distinguished scholars, and follow the steps outlined from the beginning of Spin.

In 2013, Spin was the only company from Brasilia to have two applied research projects approved by the Research Support Foundation of the Federal District (FAP-DF). This approval resulted in the release of funds in 2014 that are being applied in projects.

The first project proposes the development of new tools and protocols in ActionₒNET in order to strengthen its position as the most modern SCADA software in Brazil.

The second project is focused on the area of energy efficiency and aims to reduce energy losses in the electrical distribution network. There will be developed two types of IEDs intended for installation in transformers of low voltage electrical networks, which will be able to detect anomalies that result in losses. These IEDs communicate with each other through a Zigbee network and the Control Center via GPRS, as shown below:

IEDs_Zigbee

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