Bolivian Power Company integrates through RAD

The Bolivian Power Company (COBEE, or Compañía Boliviana de Energía Eléctrica) has integrated its SCADA, PLC, data information and telephony transport services by deploying Optimux-XLE1 optical multi-plexers manufactured by RAD Data Communications.

The deployment resulted from COBEE's need to ensure transmission and control of the PLC and SCADA control systems networks, which are indispensable for electric al power generation and transport networks, while enabling value-added services such as subsidised public telephony and data. 

Connecting more than 15 hydro-electric generating sites, COBEE's network is based on a drop-and-insert system. It brings telemetry transport and control to energy systems, data access connectivity to Ethernet networks and public telephony services to areas of the country where they have been unavailable until now. An added benefit of this solution is that it enables technical and humanitarian assistance to be extended to rural communities and localities that are difficult to access geographically. 

In addition, the Ethernet switches connected to the Optimux-XLE1 optical multi-plexers concentrate video surveillance applications from the power generating stations. These are transported over the fibre network in tandem with other applications, which provides an additional level of security in preventing network failure and minimising downtime.  

Despite the harsh climatic conditions and the severe electromagnetic radiation that affect the region in which the RAD equipment is now operating, the Optimux units coexist in a relatively aggressive environment, and meet required standards, interacting fully with adjacent application systems. 

* RAD's local partner was Procom, its authorised distributor in Bolivia and the project's integrator. COBEE has a track record of 78 years in electrical generation, and has made a significant impact on Bolivia through its social, economic and technological contribution to the country. In the past few years the firm has invested over US$400 million in expanding the capacity of its key plants.

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