Hawaiian Electric Deploys Fault Circuit Indicator Wireless Network (1/29/13)
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Comments

FreeWave Technologies was selected for a fault circuit indicator (FCI) project by Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO). By installing FCIs throughout the island of Oahu, HECO can effectively mitigate power outages or issues along the power line by detecting fault data and transmitting it in real-time with FreeWave’s wireless data radios. This will allow HECO to quickly restore power to residents.

The utility worked with FreeWave and partner Power Delivery Products, which provided the FCI sensors, to install a network using FreeWave’s radios for long-range wireless communications. Deployment kicked off in late 2012 and will continue throughout 2013. Once the initial project is complete, FCIs will be deployed across the entire island of Oahu.

“This deployment began in one of the most difficult terrains for wireless data transmission on the island of Oahu,” said Curt Goldman, utility market manager at FreeWave Technologies. “The substation in the northwest corner of the island is extremely remote, and the technology is deployed on a beach, exposing the wireless radios to harsh environmental elements. This was a location where competing wireless communications technologies previously were unable to receive or transmit critical data. However, our radios have performed well since day one.”

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