Have you ever heard the one about how power companies find out they are having a power outage? They wait for the phone to ring! Well for many of us it’s not a joke, and for energy providers this is exactly how it’s been done for the last hundred years.
Telepathx Ltd the Melbourne Australia based wireless sensor network (WSN) provider and smart grid developer announced today that this will soon be a thing of the past with the release of its long awaited Pinpoint intelligent cutout sensor.
The sensors; based on the company’s pioneering reactive radio frequency identification (RFID) technology will alert energy providers within seconds of power failures, pinpointing its location and identifying the specific apparatus and cable in question; potentially reducing power outages to historical lows only once imagined.
Energy analyst April Sommers said “statistically 84% of all power outages or blackouts in urban and outer urban settings are caused by falling tree limbs or animals that come in contact with the overhead power lines, this intelligent cutout fuse technology cant stop that from happening, but what it will do is provide an instantiations notification to energy providers reducing the report and response times of faults from hours to mere seconds, something entire communities will benefit from.
Its all about the quality and the reliability of power; Sommers added, reducing customer minutes off supply or (CMOS) is what these guys do best, forget about managing apparatus with streams of data or waiting for calls to come in; This reactive technology teaches the network to manage itself and alert authorities when something’s amiss.
Mike Walsh Telepathx GM said “in addition to bringing intelligence to energy networks the multi purpose machine to machine (M2M) wireless sensor networks being developed by the company would for starters monitor fire ignitions, auto collisions, floods, mudslides, asset tracking and consumer / industrial alarm systems, reading water, gas and electric meters or AMR / AMI services would follow.
Telepathx Chairman & CEO James Eades said ‘this communications aggregation platform was designed and developed to consolidate the fragmented communications services that exist in our urban areas, and will benefit entire communities not just the energy sector; essential service providers such as police, emergency services, transportation networks operators, utilities even sewerage plants and M2M operators would benefit from leveraging services off the platform.
Eades added; we have developed what many are calling the optimal model for building out the intelligent distribution grid; for the simple reason that our platform goes well beyond managing energy assets to generate revenues the day it’s installed not decades. Currently we are also exploring opportunities with several smart meter manufacturers on the issue of converging and leveraging of each others platform, a move that will make meters more intelligent than ever imagined.
About Telepathx Ltd
Based in Melbourne Australia, Telepathx Ltd (telepathx.com) is an unlisted public company at the forefront of wide area wireless sensor networks and is a recognized leader in smart energy grid technologies, additional information may be obtained at the company website.