Salt River Project Begins Rollout of New Radio Network
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Comments

Rollout of a 1,300-square-mile field area network (FAN) project in Arizona for Salt River Project (SRP), in collaboration with MiMOMax Wireless, begins this month. Involving a 10-year rollout of radio communication solutions for SRP, one of the largest U.S. public power utilities, the FAN will provide visibility over SRP’s large-scale network of industrial infrastructure.

Enabling centralized monitoring and control of its distributed water and power systems, the network will also be used to monitor and control power flows into and out of the grid from a number of advanced solar installations.

Having acquired 2 megahertz of spectrum in the 700 MHz upper A block in 2015, SRP put out a tender for a partner to provide the communications infrastructure for the new FAN. Using multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology and offering low latency, the MiMOMax Wireless solution optimizes data throughput and allows for rapid feedback on the state of the network.

The project encompasses three Arizona counties, including the metropolitan Phoenix area. The company will deploy thousands of radios to provide connectivity to a multitude of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), solar inverter and remote fault devices in SRP’s network.

MiMOMax Wireless, which is headquartered in New Zealand, established an office in Phoenix to provide in-country sales and support.

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