Leading utility network and wireless telecommunications specialist, EMR Integrated Solutions announced it secured a three-year contract to upgrade the cyber security and communications infrastructure at 124 solar farms managed by Schroders Greencoat across the United Kingdom.
Under the terms of the deal, EMR will design, deliver and manage a resilient, secure, cellular network, ensuring an uninterrupted flow of site data and maximum network uptime for the company’s line of business application.
As part of the service, the team at EMR’s network operations centre will monitor all sites and immediately escalate operational alerts relating to communications failures or system outages to relevant third parties.
All users including external third parties enjoy secure remote access based on Zero Trust principles, thanks to a cloud-based, centralised security management platform. Unauthorised access attempts as well as exploits and advanced malware are immediately identified and blocked.
Commenting on the announcement, Adriano Tortora, asset director at Schroders Greencoat LLP said:
“The most important result of this workstream is having pro-active cyber security management in place and this addresses our governance and compliance challenges, which have become more and more relevant in recent times.”
As a first step, EMR’s field engineers conducted a full communications audit at each site. Recommendations were then made for a common network architecture with technology uniformity across the estate.
“Our work with EMR doesn’t stop once all control projects are done,” said Mr Tortora. “Our relationship is based on a partnership which continues to evolve as we acquire more assets. The team are flexible, proactive and great to work with.”
Greencoat Solar has an ambitious acquisition strategy, a move that is reflective of global decarbonisation efforts.
EMR has a strong working relationship with the Schroders Greencoat group, having performed similar communications upgrades at many of its onshore windfarms across the UK and Ireland.
Pictured above is Alan Feenan, sales director with EMR Integrated Solutions