NYPA Advances LTE Test with Vendor Selections
image credit: NYPA's iSOC facility. Credit: NYPA
- Oct 28, 2020 3:54 pm GMTOct 28, 2020 1:34 pm GMT
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The New York Power Authority said it will partner with Nokia of America Corp. to pilot private wireless LTE technology at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. NYPA also will work with AT&T to see if its FirstNet system can provide similar private network benefits.
Gil Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO said in a statement that the network is intended to advance NYPA “along the path to becoming the nation’s first end-to-end digital utility.”
(In August, Quiniones spoke exclusively with Energy Central on his vision for NYPA's LTE technology deployment. Read the interview here.)
The LTE wireless network pilot program is targeted to complement several critical NYPA initiatives including its Communication Backbone and Sensor Deployment Programs. The $153 million Communication Backbone Program aims to replace NYPA’s existing point-to-point circuits to manage the increased data flow from the deployment of intelligent sensors.
Since 2017, NYPA has worked to install sensor devices to more closely monitor the health of its transmission and generation assets and to further enable the capabilities of its iSOC, the Integrated Smart Operations Center.
This latest project will test applications using sub-gig spectrums Band 8 (Anterix) and Band 71 (Omega Wireless) with Nokia and the FirstNet network (Band 14) with AT&T.
NYPA will test additional spectrums Band 8 (Anterix), Band 48 (CBRS), and Band 53 (GlobalStar) at facilities at its White Plains headquarters.
The LTE wireless network system, once adopted, also will help NYPA be a leader in the following areas:
• Drone technology to safely monitor and inspect NYPA generation and transmission assets
• Workforce mobility applications
• Deep metering services and analytics of customer energy consumption
• Wi-Fi telephony and Push-to-Talk (PTT) applications
• Secure communications for emergency management and service restoration
• Internet of Things (IoT) applications
• Data transport to support NYPA energy efficiency initiatives.
NYPA relies heavily on wireless communications to conduct and monitor its operations. The new LTE technology will be piloted at the B-G site and then may be deployed at other NYPA sites, including the 16 generating facilities it operates and the 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines across the state it owns and operates.