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Electricity Distribution
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Western Power Distribution
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Network Innovation Allowance
ED - Network improvements and system operability, ED - Transition to low carbon future, ED - New technologies and commercial evolution, ED - Safety and health and environment
Active Network Management, Comms & IT, Condition Monitoring, Control Systems, Cyber Security, Demand Side Management, Fault Management, Low Carbon Generation, Measurement, Network Automation, Network Monitoring, Protection, Substation Monitoring and System Security
£1,035,615.00
Following on from an initial trial of an LTE system at Portishead which was wholly funded by WPD, it is now proposed to carry out further trials of an LTE network, this time using multiple vendors rather than a single vendor and carrying various types of data over this network. This trial would be carried out in the test bed facilities in Taunton, and on live sites in the Taunton area.
The objective of the project is to develop learning on:

  • Confirmation that LTE is a suitable solution for providing communications for the energy industry
  • Confirmation regarding using an Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) or Time Division Duplex (TDD) system
  • Confirmation on bandwidth requirements
  • Confirmation on types of data that can be passed over an LTE system
  • Confirmation on antenna solutions for different situations
  • Confirmation on training requirements and test equipment for staff
The project will deliver a solution which should allow for more informed market investment decisions to be made, reducing the impact on the wider customer and the network. In the main the following benefits are expected to be realised:

  • Confirmation that LTE is a suitable solution for providing communications for the energy industry
  • Multiple Use Cases supported
  • Future proof – 4G – 5G LTE assurance
  • Facilitate the deployment of higher bandwidth networks
  • Confirmation regarding using an FDD or TDD system for LTE technology
  • Confirmation on types of data that can be passed over an LTE system
  • Confirmation on antenna solutions for different situations
  • Confirmation on training requirements and test equipment for staff