IoT monitors power lines for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Ekko IoT on pole

Remote sensor monitoring provider EkkoSense has successfully rolled out stage 3 of a proactive powerlines maintenance / fault early warning system for electricity network provider Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). By the end of 2017, EkkoSense will have installed a Long Range IoT network covering 1,000 km on the Isle of Skye Trident Line – one of the country’s most remote electricity networks.

The EkkoIoT early warning solution uses sensors installed on utility poles to monitor each asset’s precise position. Any movement data is transmitted to a LoRaWAN base station, which connects to the EkkoSense software and is analysed – categorising the assets (wooden poles) as Critical, In Danger, Warning or OK. Status is displayed within the EkkoSense dashboard, along with a map view that shows its exact position along the power line.

Stewart Reid, head of DSO and Innovation at SSEN commented “Working with EkkoSense we now have 120 sensors installed with 400 more planned.  They are providing us with visibility of the mechanical status of our poles on a 132kv line across the Isle of Skye. Movement of our poles beyond defined limits is an indication of mechanical failure, this is usually a precursor to electrical failure so by having a new “sense” we are able to respond to faults before they develop into interruptions in some cases and in all cases we are able to respond in a more informed manner. Data is already coming into the EkkoSense software which will alert us to when poles move beyond their design margins.

SSE Estate Screen

“The EkkoIoT sensor and software solution has the ability to prevent downtime, and also save a lot of time and money though scheduling engineers more efficiently both through a reduction in power interruptions but also by a reduction in the need to undertake post-storm patrols. This is an exciting pilot project that we hope will allow us to demonstrate an impressive ROI before rolling out further.” continued Stewart Reid for SSEN.

Stu Redshaw, CTO of EkkoSense, added: “This has been an exciting project. The initial feasibility study in late 2016 was a tremendous success with the EkkoIoT sensor and software successfully passing testing by SSEN. The exciting bit now is to get the meaningful data from the poles and see how quickly we can get a full ROI for the project. And then, apply the technology to other networks or applications. At EkkoSense we believe it is just the start!

Comment on this article below or via Twitter: @IoTNow_OR @jcIoTnow


9 IoT applications that will change everything

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Whether you are a future-minded CEO, tech-driven CEO or IT leader, you’ve come across the term IoT before. It’s often used alongside superlatives regarding how it will revolutionize the way you work, play, and live. But is it just another buzzword, or is it the as-promised technological holy grail? The truth is that Internet of

Read more

Which IoT Platform 2021? IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide

Posted on: August 30, 2021

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

Read more

CAT-M1 vs NB-IoT – examining the real differences

Posted on: June 21, 2021

As industry players look to provide the next generation of IoT connectivity, two different standards have emerged under release 13 of 3GPP – CAT-M1 and NB-IoT.

Read more

IoT and home automation: What does the future hold?

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Once a dream, iot home automation is slowly but steadily becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is believed that the global market for smart home automation will reach $40 billion by 2020.

Read more

IoT set to overtake cloud computing as primary Industry 4.0 technology, Inmarsat research reveals

Posted on: October 14, 2021

New research by Inmarsat, the provider of global mobile satellite communications, reveals that investment in the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake cloud computing, next generation security, big data analytics and other digital transformation technologies in the near future.

Read more

IDTechEx looks at the setbacks and explores how to move forward

Posted on: October 14, 2021

Bill Gates backed a Belmont smart city in the Arizona desert little has happened beyond a land purchase. Authorities demand that the Colorado river’s diminishing water supply is unharmed. Arizona suffers historic water shortage. The Southwest and much of the West is suffering from an intense 22-year drought, resulting in increasingly low water levels, dry

Read more