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Saudi Electricity Company upgrades network management

Eastern region utility company upgrades its Protek Network Management system as part of microwave network expansion project.

As part of a project to extend its microwave network, Saudi Electricity Company – Eastern Region (SEC-ERB) is upgrading its network management system. The utility will upgrade its existing Protek solution, which it has been using since 1995, to version R6C00.

“When we needed to extend our network management system, Protek was our first contact,” says Farid Al Harari, chief engineer, SEC-ERB.

“We were impressed with the functionality of Protek's Network Management system, particularly the distributed event correlation functionality that can be used to reduce alarm floods to more acceptable levels. This means that only the root cause of the alarm is reported allowing our maintenance staff to respond quickly in restoring customer service. Another impressive feature is the geographical information system (GIS) that provides a graphical view of the network,” he adds.

Due to the existing Protek system, SEC-ERB’s upgrade should be relatively smooth and cost effective. The project also includes the deployment of Protek’s Service Provisioning module.

When installed the close integration will enable SEC-ERB to manage the infrastructure in real-time, plan for network capacity, while reducing both operating and maintenance costs.

“We are confident the implementation of version R6C00 of our Network Management system will bring significant business benefits to Saudi Electricity Company,” adds Paul Beaumont, CEO, Protek.

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