Motorola`s Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector (CGISS) has acquired Software Corporation of America Inc. (SCA), a Stamford, Conn.-based developer of wireless software applications. Company officials expect the convergence of wireless communications, the Internet, and new data systems to create an even stronger demand among utilities for software applications that integrate wireless voice, data and video transmission.
CES and ESRI have begun a non-exclusive relationship for program development of increased integration between CES International`s Centricity operations resource management suite and ESRI`s ArcInfo product through CES International`s InterSys EAI solution.
Solartron Inc. launched the Ethernet version of its isolated measurement pod (IMP), E-IMP. This new remote data acquisition module provides an Ethernet TCP/IP connection to 20 multifunction analog/digital measurement channels in a ruggedized housing, suitable for wide-area monitoring of process and equipment under hostile environmental conditions.
In an economy where information flow is just as important as cash flow, providing mobile workers with access to business-critical data can help utility companies increase employee productivity and efficiency so they can provide better customer service.
El Paso Energy Corp. and Sonat Inc. completed their $6 billion merger, creating a natural gas transmission system comprising over 40,000 miles, the largest natural gas transmission system in North America both in throughput and miles of pipeline.
ComEd awarded ABB Power T&D Co. a $100 million contract to supply and install cables, distribution transformers, high-voltage switchgear, power transformers, power lines and medium-voltage equipment to increase capacity levels at five Chicago substations-Northwest, Ohio, Kingsbury, Lakeview and Diversey. ABB`s work is an extension of ongoing work begun after this summer`s electrical equipment failures at some Chicago substations.
Model AT-1000 enables tracing of both deenergized and energized circuits up to 300V ac/dc. The X1000 transmitter can be directly connected to deenergized lines to search for opens or shorts or directly connected to energized lines to identify breakers and circuit paths. The R1000 receiver contains two user-selected detectors for "open" or "current" tracing for a transmitter-to-receiver range of up to three feet. The circuit carrying the signal is confirmed when the R1000 emits an audibly pulsed
M3i Systems Inc. was selected to provide New Jersey Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) an integrated outage and dispatch computer management system.
The recent FERC notice of rulemaking (NOPR) on regional transmission organizations (RTOs) continues the elusive public policy debate on structuring new transmission business of the future. Unfortunately, in certain sectors this focus may be somewhat misdirected by FERC while Congress avoids discussion of critical issues related to transmission siting and pricing. This avoidance by Congress and FERC converts these central issues to a secondary priority. Moreover, the timeframes associated with th
The United Telecom Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecommunications Council, released a report presenting the results of a study on the viability of power line telecommunications (PLT) in the United States and Canada. It concludes that great opportunities exist for utilities if and when the technology for using existing T&D wires to deliver voice, data and video services is perfected. Key hurdles involve differences between power distribution systems and technological difficulties such a