EMR is proud sponsor of Scottish Renewables' Onshore Wind Conference

EMR announces sponsorship of Scottish Renewables’ Onshore Wind Conference

Leading SCADA network and wireless telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced that it will act as event sponsor at this year’s Scottish Renewables’ Onshore Wind Conference.

The event which takes place virtually on 1st June next is a major date in the diary and brings together leading decision-makers to map out how Scotland can secure a sustainable future for the sector by examining the business opportunities—as well as the obstacles—and considering the system changes needed to achieve its net-zero target.

EMR is in good company and shares a platform with other event sponsors such as SSE Renewables, RWE, Natural Power and official media partner, reNews.

Commenting on the move, Alan Feenan, sales director with EMR said:

“The Scottish renewable energy market is a key area of focus for us in 2021 and beyond.  We’re delighted to act as an event sponsor which gives us the opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise in building utility-grade networks with other members.”

Renewable energy professionals are invited to EMR’s virtual exhibition booth where we will deliver a live presentation, entitled “Guaranteeing Secure, High Availability Comms to Remote Locations: What are the Pitfalls?”

During the slot, we will explore some of the challenges  we see when investing in mission-critical comms networks and how asset managers and site operators can avoid potential operational problems by investing in and securing their communications networks.

Further details on the conference including registration details are available here:  https://www.scottishrenewables.com/events/130-onshore-21

Revenue boost for EMR following €13.3m contract win with UK’s Northern Powergrid

  • Digital transformation project supports customers and enables low carbon, smart grid future through enhanced remote network management
  • EMR’s UK operation to support 20 green energy jobs by 2022

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Thursday, 1st April 2021:  Leading utility network and wireless telecommunications specialist, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has secured a €13.3 million contract with the UK’s Northern Powergrid, as part of its digital transformation to a smarter, greener electricity grid.

Under the terms of the deal, EMR will upgrade the company’s secondary Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to an IP (Internet Protocol) communications platform across 7,500 distribution substations.

This investment will enable Northern Powergrid to activate enhanced automation across these substations, centralise control of its remote field assets and build a better understanding of electricity consumption patterns across the grid.

EMR’s UK operation, based in Manchester, is growing steadily and is currently recruiting to support 20 green energy jobs by early 2022.

This project is a critical part of Northern Powergrid’s ongoing work at the forefront of net zero development and green growth.  The company powers everyday life for 8 million people across 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East of England, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Commenting on the investment, Mark Nicholson, Northern Powergrid’s Head of Smart Grids, said:

“This project will enhance network flexibility and build more digital capability to meet our customers’ needs now and in the future. It will help facilitate our transition to a Distribution System Operator (DSO) that actively manages varying generation and demands across our grid as our customers become more dependent on electricity to power their lights, heating and transport.

“The ability to remotely operate more of our assets and improve network visibility through collection of real-time monitoring data will help us provide better services to our customers.  We can use the IP network to remotely troubleshoot and manage devices across the air, which reduces infrastructure management costs and enables us to be responsive to an active network and the needs of our customers.”

“This is an exciting contract for EMR to be part of,” explained Alan Feenan, sales director with EMR.

“The project design offers Northern Powergrid a secure, responsive and fully compliant technical solution, while delivering a robust and easy to manage platform for the organisation’s team of engineers.  Our approach to designing, building and supporting utility networks is viewed by many utility providers as a critical element of their digital transformation efforts and organisations such as Northern Powergrid have responded positively, viewing EMR as a safe pair of hands.”

Paul Green, project manager for Northern Powergrid, said: “The project rollout is underway and due for completion by March 2023.

“We’re working closely with the team at EMR to ensure we have the support we need to deliver our plans.  Where we have technical challenges, we work together to overcome them, and the project team is very responsive which is important as we make this investment a reality for our customers.”

EMR entered the UK utility market just over five years ago and during that time has established a strong footprint working with utility providers such as SSE, Greencoat UK Wind, Greater Gabbard OFTO, Northern Ireland Water, Severn Trent Water and Affinity Water.

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Pictured above is Alan Feenan, sales director with EMR

EMR inks €560,000 contract with Dublin City Council to support flood management system

~ Managed telemetry and SCADA network provides actionable data for flood prevention and mitigation ~


Dunboyne, Co Meath, Tuesday, 9th March 2021:  Leading SCADA network and wireless telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has been awarded a single party framework contract by Dublin City Council (DCC) to manage and maintain the city’s rainfall, river monitoring and tide monitoring network SCADA system, key components of its flood management efforts.

The contract, valued at €560,000 will run for three years with the option of three annual extensions, bringing the total potential value to € 1.1M.

Thanks to a telemetry network of 69 outstations and a hosted SCADA system, staff at DCC have uninterrupted access to real-time data, which alerts them to the threat of flooding in the capital.

Pre-configured alarm thresholds set for rain gauges, sewer loggers, river level monitors, tide monitors, weather stations and river trash screen monitoring cameras provide valuable advanced warning, allowing council staff to take remedial action and potentially prevent local flooding.  This data forms the basis for adjustment of alert thresholds based on past events.

Commenting on the deal, Alan Vickers, chief technician, Flood Projects and Water Framework Directive, Dublin City Council said:

“EMR has a full team of field and SCADA engineers that support the DCC regional SCADA system through associated site work, installations, repairs and calibrations to instruments and the company met all the detailed and specific criterion that was asked for, during the tender process.”

EMR provides a full managed service to the council.  The SCADA and telemetry system is hosted in EMR’s data centre with automatic failover to a secondary cloud-hosted server farm for business continuity.

Using the ‘Ignition’ platform from Inductive Automation, DCC staff have access to a user-friendly and intuitive reporting dashboard that drills right down to site level.

Real-time data ‘on the go’ is available through any smartphone device for mobile engineering, technical and maintenance crews.

“While DCC look after the monitoring of the system, setting of alarm thresholds and the response to events, EMR is responsible for ensuring that accurate information is always available in a timely manner,” said Brian Martin, sales director with EMR.

“This solution serves as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the council for flood risk and is complemented by our SCADA expertise, available on demand from our mobile engineering teams.”

The SCADA network is a critical piece of infrastructure.  For example, staff know that if rainfall amounts consecutively exceed 2.4mm in a 15-minute period at certain locations, there is a risk of localised flooding if these conditions persist.  As a result of past flooding experiences, it is possible for EMR and DCC staff to have pre-set rainfall intensity warnings.

Any pre-set level or rainfall threshold that is breached, is captured in the Ignition System and forwarded in the form of an “Information Alarm” to DCC engineering and technical crews, on a 24/7/365 basis. DCC engineers or on-call engineers can then take appropriate action if needed.

Predicted high tides are managed in the same way. The SCADA system has the ‘City Boardwalk’ level on the trend.  A real time graph of tide levels and the fixed ‘Boardwalk Level’ can be seen, and appropriate action taken if necessary.

Dublin City Council expects to oversee the expenditure of €6 – €10M in flood alleviation schemes over the next 12 months.

Success in the air for EMR with communications installation for UK offshore transmission system

~ High-speed microwave radio links deployed at Greater Gabbard offshore substations to transport critical plant information including wind turbine data ~

 

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, Wednesday, 25th November 2020:  EMR Integrated Solutions, a leading SCADA network and wireless telecommunications provider, today announced the completion of a communications project for the Greater Gabbard offshore transmission assets located off the coast of Suffolk in the United Kingdom.

The upgrade involves the deployment of 100Mbps resilient microwave radio links, specifically designed for marine applications.  The links, located at two offshore  substations, will transport vital plant information including wind turbine data, ensuring uninterrupted operational information to the onshore transmission SCADA system.

Commenting on the project, Roger Morgan, general manager of Greater Gabbard OFTO, said:

“We agreed on the most efficient solution which was mindful of people’s safety, the installation methodology and the project costs. It has been a big success story for us.  Everything is working well and it is a rock-solid, robust solution for our needs.”

The team at EMR recommended the use of Advanced Space Diversity technology which uses fewer antennae for microwave connectivity as Alan Feenan, sales director with EMR explains.

“Three antennae, rather than the traditional four, provide a hybrid system with two separate paths.  If one path is degraded due to tidal effects, the system immediately switches to the second path without any alarm or interruption. This provides reliable traffic pass-through of data as well as quicker deployment and more cost-effective project costs when compared to fibre-based interconnector replacement.”

As always with offshore installations, the main challenge was access to the substation platforms during periods of bad weather, meaning the project had to be completed during suitable weather windows.

EMR have a proven track record for delivering robust, high-throughput, low-latency solutions for mission-critical remote sites with plant-wide SCADA applications, such as windfarms and oil and gas terminals.

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EMR keeps Enerco Energy trading with comms upgrade across windfarm portfolio

  • Comms infrastructure upgrade completed at 15 onshore windfarms stretching from Cork to Mayo
  • Secure, resilient network carries reliable trading data with maximum network uptime
  • Helps Enerco Energy meet its data reporting requirements for regulatory purposes
  • Announcement coincides with EMR’s exhibitor presence with Enterprise Ireland at the Global Offshore Wind 2020 Conference


DUNBOYNE, CO MEATH, IRELAND, Wednesday, 28th October 2020: 
Leading SCADA network and wireless telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has completed a communications infrastructure upgrade at 15 onshore windfarms for independently-owned renewable energy provider, Enerco Energy.

Stretching from Cork in the south to Mayo in the west, the upgrade provides a secure, robust and resilient communications network allowing Enerco’s energy trading desk to have ‘always on’ access to reliable windfarm data and meet its regulatory reporting requirements to grid operator, EirGrid.

Announcement of the deal coincides with EMR’s exhibitor presence at the Global Offshore Wind 2020 Conference, which starts today and takes place virtually until 30th October, 2020.

Commenting on the project win, a spokesperson for Enerco Energy said:

“EMR provide us with a level of comfort in that we know our forecasters are getting the data they require in order to trade efficiently and effectively in the market.  With changing regulatory requirements, we had to be able to provide real-time, reliable power data to the grid operator and EMR have helped us to achieve that.”

The EMR team performed a discovery exercise at each windfarm and issued a set of network design recommendations, based on telecoms availability at each site.  Fully redundant satellite backup links with automatic failover were deployed, mitigating the risk of network downtime.

A multi-layered information security solution was also configured, protecting the integrity of sensitive trading data as it traverses the internet.

Alan Feenan, director of communications sales with EMR said:

“Enerco Energy leans on the EMR team for the depth of its IT and networking skills.  We’re Enerco’s eyes and ears and they trust us implicitly with their most commercially sensitive data.”

The EMR team has built up significant expertise in the onshore wind sector, with similar projects completed at windfarms for Greencoat UK Wind and Greencoat Renewables, across the UK and the island of Ireland.

The Global Offshore Wind 2020 Conference remains open for registrations and the team at EMR welcome virtual visitors to its exhibitor booth. Run jointly by RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables, the conference brings together 400 speakers, over 70 other exhibitors and 22 live sessions, which aim to take a deep dive into the role of offshore wind in the green economy.

EMR is part of the Enterprise Ireland pavilion, which includes six other Irish organisations, addressing the global offshore wind market.

Tickets can be purchased here:  https://events.renewableuk.com/gow20

Alan Feenan, sales director with EMR

EMR appointed Authorised Channel Partner for GE’s Grid Solutions business across UK and Ireland

Dunboyne, Co Meath Ireland, 18th August 2020:  Leading utility network and wireless telecommunications specialist, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced its appointment as an Authorised Channel Partner for GE’s Grid Solutions, a division of GE Renewable Energy.

The relationship recognises EMR’s deep technical expertise and commercial success in designing, deploying and supporting communications infrastructure for utility networks across the UK and Ireland.

EMR will offer GE’s extensive portfolio of wireless connectivity solutions to its customers across the water, wind, solar and energy distribution sectors.

GE’s market-leading technology supports EMR’s commitment to provide resilient, reliable and efficient communication networks to utility operators and independent power producers evolving to a smarter, greener, more resilient grid.

Commenting on the relationship Alan Feenan, sales director at EMR said:

“Our business is growing strongly, particularly in the UK.  Utility operators are increasingly engaging with EMR as we provide the turnkey services they require to realise their digital transformation plans.  The depth and breadth of GE’s product portfolio coupled with our integration and service wrap is a compelling proposition and one that continues to strike a chord across multiple sectors.”

The team at EMR is currently involved in extensive communications projects including one for a major electricity utility, where it expects to deploy up to 8,000 radios over a three-year period.  It has just completed a communications network and cybersecurity upgrade at over 100 sites for a major solar farm owner, combining GE’s advanced technologies and professional services from the EMR team.

Giovanni Puppo, senior regional sales leader Europe, Russia & CIS with GE’s Industrial Communications group within Grid Solutions believes the appointment of EMR to the partner program will serve to support GE’s market development plans in Europe.

“To reinforce our worldwide leadership in deploying hardened communications networks for industrial and energy companies, it’s key to collaborate with partners that can deliver, and have the required skills and experience to represent us.  That’s why we are excited to work with EMR and have them represent us part of our Value-Added Reseller network.”

The addition of GE’s line of industrial communications solutions to EMR’s partner eco-system signals continued investment in training and technical certification and enables the company to continue on its upward business trajectory with high profile contract wins such as Severn Trent Water, Greencoat UK Wind, Affinity Water, SSE and Enerco Energy.

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About GE’s Grid Solutions

Grid Solutions, a GE Renewable Energy business, serves customers globally with over 15,000 employees in approximately 80 countries. Grid Solutions helps enable utilities and industry to effectively manage electricity from the point of generation to the point of consumption, helping to maximize the reliability, efficiency and resilience of the grid. For more about GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business, visit www.gegridsolutions.com.

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Pic above is Alan Feenan, communications sales director with EMR

COVID-19: We’ll keep you connected

STATEMENT FROM MARK QUINN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EMR INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS

 

The team at EMR continue to provide our clients with a combination of uninterrupted field and remote support.

And whether you need engineering services to keep your telemetry networks online, or two-way radio handsets to keep your staff safely connected, our full team is here to serve.

We’re very conscious that much of our work involves the support of critical national infrastructure across energy, renewables and water in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Our field engineering teams and remote staff in our Network Operations Centre are working as normal to manage support requests as they arrive.

We have adopted strategies to minimise risk exposure for staff, all of the team and our clients.  We continue to work in a safe and secure environment that respects the current advice from government and public health authorities.

Let’s get through the difficult weeks and months ahead together and please reach out to us if there’s anything we can do to help.

We hope you all stay safe.

EMR strikes oil with major communications upgrade for country’s leading petrochemicals manager

EMR strikes oil with major communications upgrade for country’s leading petrochemicals manager

Utility network and wireless telecoms supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced the deployment of a high performance, two-way radio solution for the Common Oil Pipeline (COP) located at Dublin Port.

Based on Motorola Solutions technology and managed by COP operators, Hugh Munro and Co, the system eliminates blackspots by providing improved radio coverage for staff and boosts health and safety compliance with lone worker tracking via integrated GPS.

The COP is a critical piece of infrastructure with over two-thirds of all petroleum fuel imported into the country, coming through this pipeline network that runs from the port jetties back to the tank farms of each individual oil company.  Organisations operating at Dublin Port include household names such as Applegreen, Calor, Circle K, Tedcastles and Valero.

Commenting on the deal, Peter Murphy, managing director with Hugh Munro and Co said:

“We have a long-standing commercial relationship with the team at EMR.  They have always demonstrated a deep understanding of our business that helps us to deliver for our clients.”

Design of the two-way radio system had to take into account the hazardous nature of the environment.  Motorola’s range of ATEX DP4801Ex portables met that challenge head on, delivering high quality audio, integrated GPS, text messaging and full-colour displays with day/night mode to make reading text messages easier.

The deployment of extra base stations throughout the facility helps to eliminate several blackspots and in a clever twist of technology, a custom-built Call Point was designed.

This Call Point is used by the on-site fire warden to communicate with port staff and has at its core, Motorola telemetry radio.  Once activated, radio signals can remotely open the jetty gate on demand.

A five-year managed service brings management and monitoring of the radio system to a new level, with a greater degree of proactivity.  And a managed service financial model, negates the need for large-scale, upfront investment as the cost is spread over a five-year cycle.

“We designed a robust solution based on best-in-class Motorola Solutions technology. Motorola’s robust design philosophy coupled with our managed service ticks all the boxes for Peter and his team.”

Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR

 

Pictured left to right above are:  Mark Quinn, Managing Director, EMR, Peter Murphy, Managing Director, Hugh Munro & Co and Dean Reardon, Account Manager, EMR

AIRSIDE SAFETY: Pic l-r: Rioch Farrelly, Operations and Quality Engineer, CLH Aviation Ireland, Mark Quinn, Managing Director, EMR and Dean Reardon, Account Manager, EMR

EMR boosts airside safety at Dublin Airport

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, Wednesday, 14th August 2019:  Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced the introduction of an airside emergency fuel shut down system for Dublin Airport.

The system, which allows staff to immediately cut jet fuel supply to the underground fuel hydrant following the accidental release of fuel at aircraft stands, significantly boosts airside safety for staff and the 30 million passengers that pass through the airport annually.

Based on Motorola wireless radio technology, the emergency stop system consists of eight emergency shut down enclosures located at fixed points in Pier Four, where the airport’s new underground fuel farm is now live.  A fleet of 16 mobile fuel support vehicles have also been fitted with emergency stop buttons.

“We were under huge time pressure to get this emergency system in place,” said Rioch Farrelly, operations and quality engineer with CLH Aviation Ireland.

“The system had to be fully operational before the underground hydrant went live.  The team at EMR were extremely knowledgeable and they brought that expertise to bear in the design, planning and deployment of a quality system, which was completed within a matter of weeks,” he said.

Each enclosure consists of an emergency button connected to a Motorola radio, which when triggered sends a telemetry signal back to SCADA system located in the CLH operations centre.  This immediately shuts off the fuelling valves and halts the flow of jet fuel.  The system provides remote, real-time status reports on the emergency enclosures, negating the need for manual checks by airside staff.

The enclosure also includes a front-mounted security camera to capture the image of the activator.*  It records 10 seconds before and after the activation and an integrated USB port allows aviation staff or airport police to download the images as required.

Back at CLH operations, staff have a granular view of the power status at each enclosure and this is visually represented on screen via their SCADA system.  They know the exact location of each enclosure and this saves time when re-setting or troubleshooting the emergency system.

Thanks to a SCADA controller, also deployed by the EMR team, CLH can carry out scheduled testing of the enclosures and hydrant support vehicles, without interfering with the live system or aircraft flight schedules.  It is a critical component of health and safety operating procedure, strictly enforced by the airport operator, Dublin Airport Authority.

Under a 20-year contract, CLH Aviation has plans to build an underground fuel hydrant pipeline to serve Piers One, Three and Four.  With the recent completion of the pipeline at Pier Four, aircraft can be fuelled airside, accelerating turn-around times and protecting tight operational margins for some of the major airlines based there.

EMR has just been appointed a Platinum Partner for Motorola in Ireland.  This is the highest possible accreditation in the Motorola partner program and recognises the company’s expertise and success in bringing innovative mobile communications solutions to the island of Ireland.

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Pic l-r: Rioch Farrelly, Operations and Quality Engineer, CLH Aviation Ireland, Mark Quinn, Managing Director, EMR and Dean Reardon, Account Manager, EMR

Brian Martin and Ronan Campion join the EMR team

EMR expands team with additional recruits to PMO and engineering

Leading SCADA and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced the addition of two new recruits to it Dunboyne-based team, beefing up its PMO and engineering functions.

Kevin Martin joins as project manager where as part of the company’s PMO he will handle project delivery for EMR’s growing business.   Kevin is tasked with managing the smooth rollout of radio and SCADA deployments and is currently working with customers such as Northern Ireland Water, Wexford County Council and Mayo County Council.

Kevin joins EMR from Noonan’s Corporate Solutions, where, as Customer Support Manager he worked as part of the team to project-manage the physical movement of AIB’s staff and facilities from Bank Centre to Molesworth Street.  As soft services manager he also managed AIB’s 210 nationwide branches.

Prior to this, Kevin spent 10 years with leading retailer, Woodies where he completed a Retail Management Degree with Letterkenny Institute of Technology and worked in many areas of the business across HR, logistics, sales and marketing.

Ronan Campion joins the team as a telecoms engineer, with responsibility for the deployment of wireless communication projects for the company’s growing customer base.  Ronan works on microwave, two-way radio and security solutions for customers such as eir Northern Ireland, SSE and Greencoat UK Wind.

Ronan joins from Viatel where he spent seven years in a similar role, primarily working in the field on connectivity projects for corporate clients and on Viatel’s own network backbone.  Prior to that, Ronan held a similar role with Shamrock Networks, also for a seven year period.

The latest recruitment drive stems from strong business growth.  In recent times, EMR has won high profile contracts with Irish Water, Affinity Water and Severn Trent Water in the UK as well as sustainable energy projects with PowerHouse Generation, Greencoat UK Wind and Enerco Energy.

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Pictured above left to right are:  Kevin Martin and Ronan Campion