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Optical Sensor platform fueling the intelligent grids of tomorrow.
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MICATU's Optical Sensors cannot be saturated, avoiding risks such as open electrical circuits that may harm field crews, cause equipment to overheat, explode or combust.

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One giant leap forward.
Small step effort.

We’re real-world engineers who build practical solutions for the field. Modular. Faster and safer to install.
Backward compatible and future-proof.

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Optical Sensor Platform with Edge Computing

Our Optical Sensors provide a higher volume of accurate, precise data without the aggravation of traditional measurement technologies. Using an advanced optical crystal, the MICATU Optical Sensor captures voltage and current at +/- 0.5% accuracy, voltage harmonics to the 250th, current harmonics to the 11th, as well as temperature.

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Coupled with the m410B Modular Signal Processor, the Optical Sensor Platform delivers an unparalleled stream of actionable data from the field. We give you the info. The next move is yours.


MICATU's non-conductive Optical Sensors ensure that workers get home safely.


Skip the hassle of needing to reconfigure the system for installation. MICATU Optical Sensors can be installed directly on the conductor wire. It’s plug-n-play for the grid.


Install MICATU Optical Sensors where they're needed, on top of your existing infrastructure. Overhead, underground. Sensors available for any class from 4kV to 72kV.


MICATU Optical Sensors already handle the requirements of the growing renewable grid. A broader set of measurements collected from a wider set of sources, ready to handle varying loads and conditions.


Ramp up the data to your monitoring and control software with more precise and accurate insight. Increase the ROI on your existing investment. Relax, knowing you’ve got the intel you need to keep your power flowing smoothly.

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the Future

MICATU’s Optical Sensor platform is the foundation for the next generation of grid awareness. More accuracy, higher precision, standardized data. All from a fully modular system you deploy as needed. A future-proof technology compatible with existing equipment.



How does it work?

A Gridview optical sensor is “hot gloved” or “hot sticked” onto each line of the three-phase power grid. The sensors connect directly to the Gridview m410 processor, a grid edge computer in a ruggedized enclosure that samples data at 15,000 cycles per second for highly accurate and granular signal processing. The m410 then transmits these data points via DNP3, in accordance with IEC Standards, to the operations center for use in any analytics software package such as an Advanced Distribution Automation System (ADMS), Outage Management Software (OMS), or power service applications such as Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR).

What is optical sensing?

Micatu was the first to commercialize an optical sensing solution for measurement in a field device for use on the utility grid. While unarguably a novel approach, optical sensing is not complex or mysterious. It’s based on physics. Light is simply a better way to measure voltage and current. But optical sensing also allows operators to measure the electric field without the dangerous work of passing electrons. All things considered, optical sensing is by far the safer option.

Micatu has developed a next-generation sensing solution that uses Pockel’s Electro-Optical Effect Principle for voltage and Faraday Effect to detect current, which is done by measuring intensity modulation based on beam polarization. The design uses standardized optical components and manufacturing methodologies to create voltage readings to within +/- 0.5% accuracy.

Will it work with my
existing equipment?


The GridView optical sensors are designed to retrofit into your existing grid conditions, whether in a substation, overhead, or underground. Their modular design allows them to be mounted directly on the grid based on the application. They can connect to an overhead conductor or bus bar, or tap into the existing underground system. They are lightweight, versatile, and can be installed on any distribution line from 4kV to 72kV. The Gridview m410 processor converts all sensor data into DNP3 data points according to IEC Standards format.

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