Rosseti Centre Belgorodenergo will improve the quality of operational dispatch radio communications through the use of digital technologies. The project is designed for two years. After all organizational and technical measures have been completed, the analogue radio communication systems will be completely replaced by digital ones.
Today, the share of using digital communication systems in Belgorodenergo is 82%. Within the framework of the project, it is planned to replace 83 analogue radio stations with digital ones, modernize dispatching software, install additional 17 base stations in the region and set up 17 new data transmission channels. After that, the indicator of the use of digital communication systems will be brought up to 100%.
This year, two radio servers will be installed in the branch, 22 automated workplaces of the dispatcher with specialized software will be set up, 5 repeaters will be modernized, and 41 transportable radio stations will be installed. At the second stage, in 2020, Belgorodenergo will have 12 new base stations and 42 mobile digital radio stations.
“The communication of the dispatcher with crews performing work at facilities is carried out by radio communication,” says Stanislav Silantyev, the head of the telecommunications operation department of the operation service for dispatch and technological management and information technology. “Masts with radio communication repeaters are located throughout the region, including in its most distant corners, where cellular communication is sometimes unavailable. Our task is to expand the zone of reliable reception as much as possible, thereby ensuring the reliability and security of operational dispatch communications. Without the replacement of analog radio communication with digital, structural reform of the dispatch control is impossible,” he stressed.
Digital radio systems have several advantages over analog ones. The main ones are enhanced speech transmission quality with interference suppression, protection from listening, advanced call management capabilities, the capability to integrate with data transmission systems and organize collaboration.
For example, through radio repeaters located in different districts of the region, tens or even hundreds of kilometres from each other, it is possible to transmit a dispatcher command to all subscribers of a mobile radio communication network. This functionality allows for effective dispatch control both in the course of current activities and during emergency recovery operations.