Spacenet Inc. has signed a contract extension with American Municipal Power Ohio (AMP-Ohio) to provide a high-speed VSAT data network. AMP-Ohio is a non-profit association representing member municipal electric communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Michigan, and it supplies wholesale power and provides technical services to its members. The Spacenet Connexstar service provides remote control for more than 150 transmission substations and carries vital data to AMP-Ohio’s SCADA network.
With its initial VSAT deployment in 2004, AMP-Ohio replaced its aging SCADA system based on leased lines with Spacenet’s Connexstar satellite network. Benefits of the upgraded satellite network include: faster data transmission times between the substation and the AMP-Ohio Energy Control Center; increased network uptime; reduced telecommunications costs; fast installation and deployment; better load tracking and more accurate forecasting; and more accurate billing with real-time meter data collection.