Wastewater treatment efficiency in Donegal has been significantly improved thanks to the completion of a major SCADA, automation, telemetry and telecoms infrastructure project by EMR Integrated Solutions.
EMR was awarded a contract for the provision of an integrated SCADA and telemetry system for the monitoring of newly-installed disinfection systems in small treatment plants and storage facilities across the west of Ireland covering Mayo and Leitrim. This was completed on behalf of Irish Water for Mayo County Council.
EMR has deployed a new digital mobile radio solution for the Common Oil Pipeline at Dublin Port. Through COP manager, Hugh Munro and Co staff can easily communicate ensuring that this national piece of critical infrastructure runs smoothly.
EMR helps aviation fuel experts, CLH to boost airside safety at Dublin Airport with emergency fuel shut down system powered by Motorola Solutions’ technology.
The EMR engineering team is now the “eyes and ears” for all IT comms issues in relation to 17 windfarms, owned by Greencoat UK Wind.
Leading SCADA and instrumentation provider, EMR Integrated Solutions recently announced a major contract to provide a SCADA system to monitor the operation of the six largest pumping stations within the South Dublin County Council (SDCC) network.
The project delivers a far greater level of control to the council’s staff in relation to the monitoring and management of the water and wastewater network. Read more
EMR recently secured a €250,000 contract win with Meath County Council to provide real-time monitoring of the county’s wastewater facilities
The primary objective of the project is to improve operational efficiency and reduce response times to plant failures. The initial system comprises a web-connected SCADA server linked via high power radio to 30 main wastewater collection and treatment assets. Read more
EMR Integrated Solutions recently announced its selection by Irish Water to upgrade the water utility network in Leitrim, in a six-figure deal.
The upgrade gives Irish Water greater control over the water distribution network, allowing for a higher degree of automation and closer management and monitoring of water flows, pressure and quality.
It also plays a significant role in the battle against ‘unaccounted for’ water. Read more
ESB staff at the country’s only pump storage hydroelectric power station enjoy high performance, crystal clear digital mobile radio, even in the deepest underground tunnels.
Turlough Hill, an underground, stored hydro power station is one of the ESB’s most critical generating stations as it’s the central control point for all hydro electricity generation throughout the country. It also has a unique ability to rapidly respond to step changes in power generation and consumption across the entire electricity networks.
Having deployed digital mobile radio (DMR) in Turlough Hill, which keeps staff in contact with central control from anywhere in the facility, the solution has been extended to all eight hydro stations in Ireland.
Since coming on line, staff in the hydroelectric power station at Turlough Hill, which produces up to 290 megawatts of electricity, had experienced consistently poor radio coverage. The underground network of tunnels and galleries meant signal propagation was very ineffective resulting in communication black-spots. This posed a problem for maintenance teams and operations staff and represented a significant health and safety risk for lone workers, as George Rathborne service delivery manager, telecoms services, ESB Networks explains.
“With a control room that’s manned 24×7 and a huge underground cavern that’s carved almost one kilometre into granite rock, an upper and lower lake and an outdoor transmission compound, you can imagine that radio coverage across the site is somewhat challenging. At Turlough Hill we wanted coverage for staff so that no matter where they are, they have communications with the control room,” he said.
EMR’s radio engineers completed a comprehensive radio survey and designed a multi-channel solution based on Motorola MOTORTRBO repeaters, portables and fixed stations operating on a distributed antenna system, with the facility to connect to the ESB IP wide area network. Three DR3000 repeaters provide six voice and data channels, facilitating the requirements of safety, maintenance and operations while staff were provided with DP3600 and DP4800 portables.
“The initial system installation at Turlough Hill proved so successful that it has been extended to all other hydroelectric power stations, essentially rendering it as a single system,” said Alan Feenan, sales director with EMR Integrated Solutions.
The solution immediately addresses the ESB’s concerns around health and safety issues and specific challenges in relation to lone workers. The safety provided by the man-down capability and the speech clarity ensure that even in the highest noise environment, lone workers are in instant contact with the control room operators.
The IP connectivity between Turlough Hill and all the other hydros mean that a radio user in Cork or Ballyshannon can press TX to speak to any co-worker in any of the other stations. Groups can be set up in such a way that staff can have a local or cross-hydro talk, with swapping between groups a simple undertaking.
“The coordination of activity has greatly improved with work groups having dedicated channels that allow them communicate without impacting on the safety or operations channels,” said Mr Feenan.
“There’s good buy-in to the system from the users,” said Mr Rathborne. “In some of the stations they’ve expanded the functionality to include alarm notifications direct to the portables and lone worker tracking within the complex.
“We’ve also implemented a telephone interconnection so we can make and receive phone calls from the portable,” he said.
“We have a strong relationship with EMR because they’ve dealt with us on a few different business lines over many years. They are technical sales people in the real technical sense and we would bring some of their staff to our customer meetings to talk through solutions. EMR is in the solutions business as distinct from an equipment vendor. We don’t want somebody who just sells us boxes,” said Mr Rathborne.
Northern Ireland Water (NIW) is a government-owned water utility serving a population of 1.7 million across the province of Northern Ireland. With the second largest network of pipelines, water and wastewater treatment plants in the UK, NIW operates the largest single, radio-based telemetry network on the island of Ireland.
This network has formed a key part of NIW infrastructure for the past 10 years and provides real time monitoring of critical infrastructure. In 2011 EMR was awarded a €1.8 million contract to upgrade the network from the legacy analogue radio technology to a state-of-the-art digital radio network based on the 4RF Aprisa platform. Read more