TECHNOLOGY: Local Company Provides Eskom With A Good Solution
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With an increasing demand for reliable, secure and cost effective information, Eskom has begun to embrace alternatives to its traditionally UHF (Ultra High Frequency) dominated network.
“Despite having excellent UHF infrastructure in place there are certain limitations with our current network, the most obvious being that it does not allow one to use remote monitoring,” says Allan Roberts of Eskom. “For this reason we decided to look for a partner who could integrate with our systems and where necessary help plug the gaps.”
Cape Town-based Metacom’s GPRS technology leverages of its MC402 router linking to the company’s various communication networks. Through the dual port router, Eskom for the first time is able to access both telecontrol and remote engineering.
According to Roberts, this enables the engineers to monitor information in real time regardless of location. “In theory you could be an engineer monitoring power supply in Pretoria from your office in Pietermaritzburg, no more driving between offices. By having access to this information we move from a reactionary to a preventive model, where the engineer can track potential faults before they
“GPRS technology allows for remote, reliable, secure, affordable and wide spread coverage. Best of all through our routers we can integrate with Eskom’s current UHF system, filling the role of a primary, complimentary or redundant system,” says Metacom’s Jako Winter.
“Until recently having remote access to power supply systems has been somewhat of a luxury. This however has all changed with the development of various alternatives. Depending on your needs you can switch to GPRS, ADSL or satellite, you simply use the network most relevant to your needs,” says Roberts.
Roberts adds that with a number of different technologies to choose from, they can now provide world class industrial communication services in real time, preventing network downtime and power outages, ensuring maximum productivity.
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