Enhancing Safety and Efficiency in Tunnel Construction with CommScope's IoT Solution
- Networks & Connectivity - Radio Access Network
- Networks & Connectivity - RFID
- Electrical Grids
- Human Resources
- Onsite Human Safety Management
- Personnel Tracking & Monitoring
Ausgrid used a simplex radio channel via the New South Wales Government Radio Network (NSWGRN) to maintain open communications between maintenance staff and tunnel construction teams. However, this method had major drawbacks and limitations, including drawing maintenance staff away from their duties and relying on land lines and face-to-face meetings for communication.
About The Customer
Ausgrid is Australia's largest public utility, supplying electrical power to 1.6 million homes and businesses in and around Sydney's central business district. They embarked on an $800 million upgrade project called CityGrid, which involved constructing new substations, upgrading cables, and adding a new tunnel to enhance electricity supply.
CommScope recommended the use of the ION-M intelligent optical network, a radio-over-fiber repeater platform, to provide additional coverage and rebroadcast NSWGRN signals from dedicated base stations located at Ausgrid's substations. The solution also enabled Wi-Fi access within the tunnel, offering new communication and efficiency opportunities. RADIAX cables were also used to ensure reliable communications underground.
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