Con Edison infrared underground

Colleen Murach, a Con Edison technical associate, removes an infrared camera from its packaging for an underground crew working on a Brooklyn street.

Applying Infrared to the Underground System

Con Edison uses infrared technology to enhance cable inspections, which result in a safer and more reliable network.

Two components are essential to the transmission and distribution of electricity over any distance: a conductor and an insulator. The conductor carries the power, voltage and current customers need to light and cool their buildings and to run their equipment. The insulation surrounding the conductor ensures the power does not escape and lead to arcing, fire, explosion, contact voltage or endanger the public and utility crews.

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