ScottishPower Renewables MOTOTRBO™ Case Study
Radiocoms Systems Ltd partners with ScottishPower Renewables Wind Farms to deliver a MOTOTRBO™ digital multi-site radio system, controlled centrally by the Smart PTT dispatch solution.
MOTOTRBO™ Resilient Radio Systems give complete visibility of Widely Dispersed Teams
With the continued expansion of onshore wind farms ScottishPower Renewables approached Radiocoms Systems Ltd with a requirement to supply a modern and reliable communications system at each of its Wind Farms. As the sites had little or no cellular coverage it was important that the communications system had the ability to be monitored remotely.
Radiocoms was invited to submit a tender to provide a digital communications system for five sites with the option to extend to other locations as the onshore portfolio grew.
After completing a tender review, Radiocoms was requested to present its proposals to the management of this leading renewables company. Following a successful presentation and demonstration, the organisation decided to upgrade to Motorola MOTOTRBO™ digital radios with IMPRES™ batteries chosen for extended talk time usage. Initially an order was placed for the highly resilient MOTOTRBO DP4801e digital hand portable radios for each site and up to four Motorola Solutions MOTOTRBO SLR 5500 repeater base stations to increase the coverage area, depending on the size of the wind farm. Each MOTOTRBO repeater base station was connected using a network infrastructure to create a single communications system enabling radios to roam seamlessly between each wind turbine.
The Motorola Solutions Software Application Smart PTT was selected to add GPS locations, man down, lone worker capability and dispatcher functionality. This was a major advancement in functionality for the wind energy company which previously could only monitor its radio systems locally. The Smart PTT application enables the location of any of the ScottishPower Renewables employees or contractors to be identified immediately in the event of an emergency alarm activation.
A project plan was incorporated into the renewables wind farm expansion programme, and the radio systems were delivered over an 18 month period as the wind farms became operational, within the agreed timescale and budget. As part of Radiocoms’ continuing support for the system infrastructure, a maintenance agreement was put in place to provide infrastructure repairs and annual preventative maintenance inspections, facilitated by the ability to monitor remotely the system and dispatch solution.
ScottishPower Renewables was completely satisfied with the performance of the new system and subsequently has upgraded a further three sites and scheduled additional upgrades throughout 2019. In addition, Radiocoms was recently awarded a maintenance contract for a further ten sites which currently use analogue radio systems and will consider these sites for an upgrade to the digital network as parts for the MPT1327 trunk analogue radios are becoming obsolete.
The success of the wind farm roll-out has allowed Radiocoms to expand its product offering to the renewable energy sector, which requires special training to allow installation on the turbines. Additionally, Radiocoms has subsequently completed off-shore installation work in the renewable energy industry and now has a team of engineers qualified to install and maintain equipment in this highly specialised sector.
“The Smart PTT application enables the location of any ScottishPower Renewables’ employee or contractor to be identified immediately in the event of an emergency alarm activation.”
Mark Blythe,Sales Director
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