How remote connectivity enables future asset management



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The energy transition leads to more efficient and sustainable operations in the public services sector. Managing infrastructure and networks is complex, with digitalization and smart grids transforming the industry worldwide, making remote asset management and monitoring vital.

It has been estimated that over 80 percent of network outages can be attributed to short-term “transients” in power from interrupted power lines.

Service disruptions not only impact operations, but increased downtime can lead to financial penalties, customer dissatisfaction, and high expense to establish and resolve the issue.

To combat this, utility companies are segmenting their distribution networks and using innovative technology to isolate faults and monitor and manage service remotely.

Connect Queensland with Instant Access to Distribution Network Data

Ergon Energy maintains and manages the regional electricity distribution network across Queensland, supplying power to more than 720,000 homes and businesses.

Ergon operates in the most remote and isolated parts of the state, areas where traditional methods of connectivity, such as cellular and terrestrial, are limited or unavailable.

Along the 160,000 km of the network, Ergon Energy has hundreds of reclosers capturing data 24 hours a day. For optimal functionality, the AST group provides real-time, continuous connectivity to reclosers to provide instant control in the event of power line failure or disruption.

These can be triggered remotely and deliver data to the operations center, which means Ergon Energy can prioritize catering activities, reduce customer downtime, reduce the risk of impact on revenue. outages and minimize the potential for cascading damage to infrastructure.

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A leading energy supplier supplies electricity to nearly 250,000 people in the Northern Territory of Australia – the resources are extracted via an unmanned offshore wellhead platform.

It is essential that onshore personnel have the ability to log into the offshore facility to access data and status. Through a resilient VSAT solution, AST provides the company with remote monitoring and control, allowing employees ashore to access critical data from the offshore platform in real time, including weather conditions and the latest system state.

Immediate access through this connection enables proactive decision making and supports improved resolution times to maintain service delivery and maximize system uptime.

This is supported by the Cobham Explorer 700 which provides an “always-on” BGAN back-up connection, ensuring robust delivery of telemetry from on-board systems from the unmanned platform to the onshore gas facility, in accordance with the critical nature of the client’s mission. communication link in case of VSAT failure.

AST is a global connectivity provider that lets you take control of your network, giving you 24/7 connectivity to your critical infrastructure, assets and people from anywhere in the world.

We take a consultative approach to ensure that assets remain operational and at peak efficiency, while providing upgrade pathways for the communications infrastructure as technological advancements become available.

This sponsored editorial is brought to you by Applied Satellite Technology Ltd (the AST Group). Visit to learn more or email [email protected]



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