NYPA's Transmission Network Enters Final Phase of Digital Communications Upgrade
image credit: State officials tour the NYPA Integrated Smart Operations Center. Credit: NYPA
- Jan 24, 2020 12:50 pm GMT
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The New York Power Authority (NYPA) said it will spend another $52 million for the final phase of construction for new digital communication systems on its transmission lines.
The multiphase Communications Backbone initiative, first announced in 2017, involves installing fiber optic cables and other communications systems connecting NYPA’s 16 power generating facilities and 1,400 miles of transmission infrastructure to its Integrated Smart Operations Center.
The upgrades are intended to allow operators to be more informed and responsive to changing conditions on NYPA transmission lines.
As part of the overall upgrade, NYPA is replacing leased communication circuits with new infrastructure that will increase available bandwidth as more digital assets and sensors come online via the authority's sensor deployment program. That program is aimed at adding roughly 100,000 data points for monitoring NYPA equipment.
Funding for the final phase of the program will cover the cost of installing optical ground wire along several transmission lines throughout the state and microwave systems in southeast New York. The program completion date is estimated to be sometime in 2021.
When the $150 million Communications Backbone initiative is complete, NYPA is expected to have a dedicated, secure and scalable communication network connecting all its facilities. The network is designed to lead to better analytics and improved operations and business decisions.
Installation of fiber-optic cables and remote sensors will allow NYPA to connect and communicate with its generation and transmission assets, resulting in an expected reduced reliance on commercial telecommunications providers.
The Integrated Smart Operations Center, known as the iSOC, analyzes the performance of NYPA's power generation assets and statewide network of transmission lines to identify problems and issues before they occur. The center uses GE Digital's predictive analytics software to forecast and prevent equipment failures and significant outages.