Italian operator 3 Italia has partnered with Athonet Smart grid to equip with a 4G-LTE network at the Brindisi power plant maintained by Enel.
The companies have custom made their combined technology and services, delivering a Network Function Virtualization (NFV) based system for the Federico II plant, one of the most advanced power plants in Europe.
Athonet Smart grid’s distributed LTE Virtual Mobile Core Network (EPC) platform makes use of a fully virtualized software approach to provide a low latency ultra-broadband service.
The services of mobile operator “3”, a TDD-LTE ultra-broadband micro-network has been implemented that cover the entire plant, ensuring data, live video and voice services, both fixed and mobile.
Meanwhile, the 3 Italia’s TDD-LTE technology enables optimal distribution of capacity from sensors, terminals and video cameras and network platforms.
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The system can be used for applications like live video surveillance, monitoring of moving vehicles and audio-video communication technicians within the plant and with the outside world.
In addition, alarms are sent and received from fixed or mobile body-worn sensors.
The performance offered by the solution has enabled Enel to implement services for predictive diagnostics, workforce management and machine automation.
In addition, this communications platform delivers dedicated coverage helping to provide the quality, efficiency and safety of the plant for the management of mission-critical processes.
The system provides an independent dedicated micro-network that can be easily reproduced at any production plant and construction site.