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Engineering a Robust Field Area Network for Critical Industry Infrastructure
Servicing over a million end-users in an approximately 2900 square mile area, Salt River Project is one of the USA’s largest public power utilities. In addition to electricity, SRP also delivers over 800,000 acre-feet of water to customers annually.
Having acquired 2 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz Upper A Block in 2015, SRP required a partner to provide the communications infrastructure for a new 1300 square mile Field Area Network (FAN).
Encompassing three Arizona counties, including the metropolitan Phoenix area, the FAN is required to enable centralized monitoring and control of SRP’s distributed power and water systems. SRP’s new FAN will also be used to monitor and control power flows into and out of the grid from numerous advanced solar installations.
With spectrum being both scarce and valuable, the biggest challenge was to find a solutions provider who could optimize data throughput in the narrowband channel SRP had available.
MiMOMax Tornado Radio (Tier I) and MiMOMax Pyxis Radio (Tier II) in a Multi-Tier Field Area Network (FAN).
Key features: up to 1280 kb/s data rate in 50KHz at Tier I level, sophisticated data compression techniques plus frequency re-use at Tier II level.
Application: SCADA, Distribution Automation, Advanced Meter Infrastructure.
The MIMO technology provided by MiMOMax Wireless offered excellent performance and led to an efficient, cost-effective network design. Additionally, the development of the Pyxis radios enabled a two-tier network which allowed for enhanced coverage through our service territory.
Chris Campbell | Senior Director of Grid Modernization Services - Salt River Project
The Field Area Network for SRP perfectly highlights our ability to provide robust and reliable solutions for critical industry infrastructure.
Paul Reid | General Manager North America - MiMOMax Wireless
Our robust communication solutions are deployed across the globe in point-to-point and point-to-multipoint configurations to support industrial infrastructure for Utility, Oil and Mining companies and to provide linking for Public Safety and Transport organisations.