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SCADA deploys wireless network for Wind Power Project with Proxim Wireless equipment

Published on 25 May, 2011
SCADA Solutions plans to add additional subscriber units as the remaining fiber lines fail due to environmental factors
The project uses a combination of fibre, wireless Point-to-Multipoint and Point-to-Point communication connection

Moonblink Communications, a leading value-added distributor of wireless broadband and video surveillance solutions, recently announced SCADA Solutions, a leader in Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system integration with a focus in renewable energy, has successfully deployed a wireless network for a 60MW Wind Power Project in Mojave, California using Proxim Wireless Tsunami MP-8100 300 Mbps 3x3 MIMO equipment.

The project uses a combination of fiber, wireless Point-to Multipoint and wireless Point-to-Point communication connections to transmit SCADA and meteorological data from 60 turbines. The wind power project is migrating its previously used 900 MHz network to Proxim Wireless' high speed Tsunami MP-8100 point-to-multipoint system, using the 5 GHz frequency band and MIMO technology to reach up to 300 Mbps. The solution also included two Proxim Tsunami GX200 5.8 GHz full duplex point-to-point links to backhaul the data to the central operations office where a team of employees monitors the effectiveness of the turbines.

"Wind farms across the country are beginning to take wireless communications seriously. Despite the dramatic cost savings and reliable performance that radios provide, it has historically been a tough sell," said Nick Moceri III, Vice President of SCADA Solutions. "We are seeing that tide turn and the excellent performance of Proxim's high speed wireless systems prove that wireless can be trusted in mission critical applications."

"When SCADA Solutions approached us, our engineering team looked at several options before making a recommendation. Due to the critical nature of these applications, we recommended Proxim's Tsunami MP-8100 system," said Daniel Redmond, VP of Sales and Marketing at Moonblink Communications. "The product has proven to be a flexible and reliable solution for renewable energy applications."

"Moonblink has been highly supportive and helpful through the whole procurement process," said Mr. Moceri. "We value their hard work, responsiveness, and technical expertise that ensured this project went smoothly. Moonblink has all the qualities we look for in a distribution partner."

Looking forward, SCADA Solutions plans to add additional subscriber units as the remaining fiber lines fail due to environmental factors. SCADA Solutions and Moonblink Communications see strong demand in the future as renewable energy gains a stronger footing and wireless communications continues to build its reputation.

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