Using LoRaWAN technology to enhance remote power network monitoring

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Abstract

Future power networks will require much greater levels of machine-to-machine interaction to enable smart grid applications, and ultimately increase the efficiency of the power network. Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) technology enables the deployment of many new IoT solutions in areas such as controlling and monitoring assets, environmental sensing and location tracking. In this paper, a prototype low-cost LPWAN module is developed to be retrofitted to existing Fault Passage Indicators, creating a automatic remote detection and location system for medium voltage faults, reducing the time to find faults from hours to minutes. This prototype device was then tested on a physical 11kV overhead line network, where the device demonstrated it was robust and suitable for mass deployment on a live network. The finalised prototype module costs roughly 5% of a single FPI unit, and additionally features the ability to remotely reconfigure FPI making installation and maintenance more convenient.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2019
EventIEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2019-Spring) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 28 Apr 20191 May 2019
http://www.ieeevtc.org/vtc2019spring

Conference

ConferenceIEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2019-Spring)
Abbreviated titleVTC2019-Spring
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period28/04/191/05/19
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Keywords

  • LoRaWAN
  • smart grids
  • security
  • communications

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McPherson, R., Hay, C., & Irvine, J. (2019). Using LoRaWAN technology to enhance remote power network monitoring. Paper presented at IEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2019-Spring), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. https://doi.org/10.1109/VTCSpring.2019.8746298