UK Energy Company
With the continued expansion of onshore wind farms, a UK energy company approached Radiocoms 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 in 2016 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 The Energy Company. Following a successful presentation and demonstration, The Energy Company decided to upgrade to Motorola MOTOTRBO radios with IMPRES™ batteries chosen for extended usage. The Energy Company placed an initial order for DP4801e digital hand portable radios for each site and up to four Motorola SLR 5500 base stations to increase the coverage area, depending on the size of the wind farm. Each base station was connected using a network infrastructure to create a single communications system enabling radios to roam seamlessly between each wind turbine.
The Smart PTT application was selected to add GPS locations, man down, lone worker capability and dispatcher functionality. This was a major advance in functionality for The Energy Company which previously could only monitor its radio systems locally. The Smart PTT application enables the location of any of the Company’s employee or contractor to be identified immediately in the event of an emergency alarm activation.
A project plan was incorporated into The Energy Company’s expansion programme and 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.
The Energy Company was completely satisfied with the performance of the new system and subsequently has upgraded a further three sites and scheduled additional upgrades for 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.
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