Alcatel-Lucent provides smart fiber-optic network for Luxembourg utility Creos

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it is providing a modernized communications network for Luxembourg power utility company Creos. The network uses the systems house’s routing technology to lower costs and enhance the reliability and efficiency of power transmission, Alcatel-Lucent asserts.

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it is providing a modernized communications network for Luxembourg power utility company Creos. The network uses the systems house’s routing technology to lower costs and enhance the reliability and efficiency of power transmission, Alcatel-Lucent asserts.

Alcatel-Lucent has used its IP/MPLS technology to replace Creos’s existing TDM-based communications system to bring a new level of intelligence to its power transmission network – from power generation to the substations. The new technology will enable Creos to consolidate such services as teleprotection, current differential protection, closed-circuit TV (CCTV), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems onto a single network.

The ability to converge all services on to one communications network not only enhances operational performance but will also help Creos save the costs associated with managing multiple networks. This includes extending Creos’s intranet to support communications between control centers and the remote substation sites, enabling engineers to remain connected when they visit those sites.

Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide Creos with its 7705 Service Aggregation Routers, with the SAR-8 and SAR-18 variants, as well as the 7210 Service Access Switch and 5620 Service Aware Manager.

Interoperability and performance testing with third-party current differential protection equipment was successfully conducted over a distance of 104 km using 10-Gbps and 1-Gbps fiber-optic cable links passing through 11 routers. Alcatel-Lucent asserts that during testing the IP/MPLS technology consistently delivered results of below 5-ms latency across the fiber-optic network and less than 200-µs jitter, meeting the requirements for essential service support such as differential protection and teleprotection.

Patrick Colling, communications expert at Creos said, “Creos is an innovative company and we want to utilize the latest technologies to ensure reliability and effectiveness of our business, now and into the future. The new communications system will form the basis of our smart grid and ensure the network is always available to meet demand.”

Lynn Hunt, global vice president, utility solutions of Alcatel-Lucent said, “We have proven the performance of our IP/MPLS technology in delivering services such as teleprotection and it allows us to give utility companies such as Creos a more complete view of their network to make power transmission more efficient and cost-effective.”


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