Track 2: Network Reliability & Transformation/Power/GIS

Checking the Pulse of Your Backup Power Network

September 26, 2019 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

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Roy Clingman



Disaster relief is a multi-faceted problem for telecommunication providers large and small. Power outages from weather events pose a threat to customers who may not have access to emergency services if the electricity is down. In any emergency scenario, restoring power as quickly as possible is key. Ensuring network power reliability is increasingly difficult for providers, as technician ranks thin and budgets become more constrained. Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions can provide an automated way to remotely access immediate knowledge about sites to streamline or replace manual processes.Tracking these IOT-enabled intelligent infrastructure measurements may resemble the process doctors use to track our own physical health (pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and respiratory rate). Physical health measurements have traditionally been collected through doctor visits, but consumer IOT devices have enabled remote collection. Intelligent infrastructure now enables us to collect more network performance data than ever before, similar to wearables. When it comes to measuring the state of health from a network power perspective, uptime, load, environmental influence, and available energy are the analogous measurements. Increasingly, these measurements do not need to be tested through a scheduled site visit but rather through automation. Network power is important. As less attention goes towards hardening these networks, dangerous weather events put people and businesses at risk, and consolidation pressures carriers to underinvest in the networks that support them.