Nokia critical comms network supplied to PCWA

Monday, 17 July, 2017

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An advanced communications network will be supplied by Nokia to the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) in Northern California.

As the primary water resource agency for the area, this network will help PCWA support its hydro-electric power generation and water distribution.

Under the agreement, Nokia will replace PCWA’s ageing communications infrastructure with a modern Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) and packet microwave network that will support a range of critical utility applications.

Managed by Nokia’s network services platform (NSP), the network features Nokia’s 7705 service aggregation router (SAR) portfolio and 9500 microwave packet radio (MPR) which are tailored to support critical applications essential for utility operations, addressing their stringent requirements for security, reliability and resiliency.

The high network flexibility allows PCWA to migrate existing SCADA system traffic and support new bandwidth-intensive video traffic on the same network without compromising performance.

Nokia company SAC Wireless will be responsible for the overall construction and deployment of the network, including managing civil works such as pre-construction site verification, network design and engineering, installation and testing of towers, repeaters, shelters and backup power systems, and overall project management.

“Nokia has invested heavily in recent years on addressing the unique requirements of utilities for modernising and converging their communications in order to enhance operational efficiency, reliabilty and safety,” said Kamal Ballout, head of the Global Energy Segment for Nokia.

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