Oregon district utility migrates IT and OT into a single network


In the US state of Oregon, Central Lincoln People’s Utility District has partnered with Ciena and Schweitzer Engineering Labs to modernise the operations of its grid network.

The utility has migrated both its both information and operational technology (IT/OT) traffic onto one network.

The project has also helped the utility to achieve ultra-low latency rates for its teleprotection circuits to minimise the possibility of a power outage.

Ciena has provided its 3926 platform which supports multiple data telemetry and its Manage, Control and Plan domain controller to provide the utility with real-time intelligence and visibility of the entire grid network and assets.

Schweitzer is providing its wide-area-networking to migrate legacy network technologies to a joint IT/OT packet-based solution.

Kevin Sheehan, Chief Technology Officer for the Americas, Ciena, said: “This deployment addresses the utility industry’s need to move away from siloed networks, which are complex and costly to manage.”

“Central Lincoln converged mission-critical operational and information technology traffic while preserving the performance of critical protection applications, providing a clear demarcation between IT and OT domains, and maintaining security protocol,” adds Ryan Bradetich, Vice President of Research & Development, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.