Apr 2013
Electricity Distribution
Apr 2013
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
SSEN Future Networks Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Network Monitoring
To explore the application of Global Systems for Mobile (GSM) communications technology in conjunction with Fault Passage Indicators (FPIs).
Overhead line faults and the resultant Customer Interruptions / Customer Minutes Lost (CIs / CMLs). FPIs are currently used by SSEPD, however they do not communicate their status through GSM. In the event of a fault beyond the FPIs, indication of the passage of fault current is made by the flashing of a bulb. This means that an operative must physically visit the site of installation of the portable FPIs to determine the status of the device. Use of a GSM enabled FPIs (GSM-FPI), would allow engineers to be informed in a more efficient manner, leading to a better deployment of staff and reducing the period of time that customers are without supply.

This project will trial and evaluate the use of Rightway Pathfinder Mk10 GSM Fault Passage Indicators as a means of reducing CI / CML penalties, incurred on the 11kV overhead line network.