‘Smart’ Australian safety device wins award, demonstrates its value


Hobart, Australia — (METERING.COM) — August 28, 2009 – The CablePI device developed by the Tasmania state-owned electricity distribution and retail company Aurora Energy that detects potentially life threatening household electrical faults was recognized recently with an Excellence Award at the Tasmanian Engineering Awards.

The CablePI – also known outside Tasmania as Wire Alert – is being distributed free of charge to Aurora customers throughout the state, with 100,000 of the devices having already been distributed and more than 200,000 to be mailed out by November.

Greg Mannion, chief executive of Aurora subsidiary Ezikey, said the biennial award was a reward for years of hard work and innovation on the part of the Ezikey team.

“The Excellence Award is fantastic recognition of the value of this device and the efforts of our team, particularly Aurora’s Network Division and the inventors Bryan Holter and Eric Myers,’’ said Mannion.

The CablePI, which is inexpensive and easily installed, detects broken neutral electricity conductors and can also detect faulty wiring in switchboards.

The CablePI was recognized for “the uniqueness of this idea and the well engineered solution that was the result of sound research and development activity.” As the Tasmanian winner, the CablePI will now be entered in the 2009 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards to be presented in Canberra in November.

Shortly after the receipt of the award, the CablePI demonstrated its value when a broken neutral on a pole-top transformer was detected simultaneously by devices plugged into power points in neighboring homes.

“The problem may have gone undetected without the CablePI devices alerting householders, who in turn contacted Aurora,” commented the company’s Network Division general manager John Devereaux. “While faults of this kind are rare across the electricity distribution system, they can occur at any time and incidents such as this show the CablePI is proving its detection value.”

The fault is believed to have been caused by wind damage.