Project in Riyadh, Saudi Arab. Powerline Communications for 61000 Street Lightings Automation
Key points: The system was installed existing HPS street lamps, It is delivering energy savings of 25% for lighting and reducing maintenance cost by 30%.
Powerline communication (PLC) is the natural choice for automating street lighting networks. It enables companies and municipalities to reduce operational costs and improve safety. FONDA system is a new PLC system designed for grid automation that dramatically extends the range, data rate, and performance of powerline communications.
FONDA PLC System Promises Benefits to the Environment and to Operators. The system provides a simple solution for adding communication to networks of street lights. This two-way communication enables advanced automation:
- Precision on/off times based on location, the astrological calendar, and weather conditions
- Power-saving dimming during dawn/dusk and deep night
- Traffic control through dimming
- Lamp failure notification
- Lamp maintenance notification based on temperature, current, PF, or operational hours
- Emergency on/off/intensity control
- Real-time monitoring of energy consumption
PLC delivers a range of advantages over wireless communication systems. Like wireless, no new wires are required. But with PLC, communication is maintained even underground, through walls, and around corners. The communication channel is owned by the operator or utility, so the risks of sharing bandwidth are eliminated. PLC has no line-of-sight limitation and is not affected by weather. Additionally, since PLC uses the powerline, it can detect when there is a line break and its approximate location.
Customized function were developed for this project: Compensation capacitor fault notification parameter is user-defined,this is a particular function of our system which is different with others in the industry.