Nokia secures first water utility sector contract


PCWA provides water and electricity services to some 200,000 consumers in Northern Carolina.

In a press statement, PCWA said it will replace its existing communications infrastructure and software with Nokia’s Internet-based open standard IoT network.

The utility is deploying the network to improve management of its power generation, water treatment and distribution infrastructure. PCWA will use the network to monitor the operations of its five hydroelectric power plants generating one million megawatt hours per annum.

Through its subsidiary, SAC Wireless, Nokia will customise and install the network in line with PCWA requirements as well as install and test towers and for overall project management.

The solutions provider claims its network is resilient, reliable and will enable PCWA to securely operate its SCADA system.

The deal with PCWA is Nokia’s first contract with a water utility and is part of the company’s strategy to increase its customer base.

Kamal Ballout, head of the Global Energy Segment for Nokia, said: “Nokia has invested heavily in recent years on addressing the unique requirements of utilities for modernising and converging their communications in order to enhance operational efficiency, reliability and safety. We are thrilled that PCWA has put their trust in Nokia to play such an important role in meeting the needs of their customers.”

Utility communications infrastructure

The news follows a report issued in late March forecasting the utility communications infrastructure market to generate $15.45 billion in revenue by 2021.

Common technologies used by utilities include wireless (RF, mesh mobile network and microwave and radio communication) and wired (power line carrier, optic fibre network, and Ethernet, among others).

The modification in billing practices in power utility companies, stringent regulatory requirements for power utilities, and increasing investments in smart grids are the major factors that will drive the utility communications infrastructure market. Read more…


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