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New Roke Service Helps Utilities Industry Decrease Wireless Operating Costs

Posted: Monday 14th March 2016

Roke Manor Research (Roke) has launched its Radio Interference Mitigation service, which will help utility organisations that wirelessly monitor the performance of remote installations to overcome interference, increase reliability and decrease operating costs of radio-based equipment.

In order to prevent service failures, the utility industry increasingly relies on wireless radio systems to acquire data from remote assets such as reservoirs, substations and gas pipes. However, wireless monitoring systems regularly experience downtime due to interference from other technologies which operate in the overcrowded VHF and UHF Radio Frequency (RF) bands. Businesses are therefore fighting escalating operating costs as a decrease in system reliability necessitates the deployment of staff and vehicles to gather system information, significantly reducing the benefits of using wireless monitoring.

Bryan Rickett, Electromagnetic Business Area Lead at Roke, said: "The V/UHF bands are very popular with the utility industry due to their wide coverage, good propagation and low infrastructure costs. However, their increased usage means that they have become a victim of their own success as interference between different technologies is creating unreliable services that result in costing money rather than saving it. Roke has more than 30 years' experience of solving RF problems and our new service will provide expertise to help businesses once again benefit from the use of RF technologies."

Roke's RF interference mitigation service comprises

1. Planning and design advice

2. Analysis and modelling (propagation models through to detailed modelling)

3. Monitoring and diagnostics (direction finding of co-channel signals using super-resolution technology)

4. Mitigation design, manufacture, fitting and testing (antenna layout, antenna selection, filtering, screening and various forms of cancellation technology)




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