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Help Tollgrade Win a People’s Choice Stevie Awards for “Favorite New Products”

Posted by Kimberly Getgen, Vice President Corporate Marketing on Jul 29, 2014 9:43:32 AM

Tollgrade was named a New Product Awards finalist in the 2014 American Business Awards in two categories: 1) Software Asset Management for the Lighthouse® Distribution Monitoring Platformand 2) Telecommunications Products for the VBT™.  As a finalist, this makes Tollgrade eligible for the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for “Favorite New Products.”

You can help Tollgrade win by getting your votes in before 11:59 pm ET on August 8! 

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Topics: Awards

With LightHouse, Substation Monitoring Gets a Little More Affordable

Posted by Tim Figura, Senior Sales Engineer on Jul 24, 2014 10:32:07 AM

In a recent blog post, we mentioned the importance of grid modernization as our 6.6 million mile distribution grid ages. In an ideal world, every utility would modernize the grid by automating all substations in their service territory to gain complete visibly into real-time grid conditions and full control over their substations. However, this is an unrealistic goal because typical substation monitoring like SCADA solutions are too expensive and time consuming to install at every substation. They require the installation of equipment inside the breakers and on the bus work. Substation feeders must be de-energized and new conduits and wiring are required to facilitate installation.

Utilities with unmonitored substations want an affordable alternative to a full SCADA system. Fortunately, Tollgrade offers them an easier and more cost effective way - install LightHouse® Sensors with Predictive Grid Analytics.

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Topics: Predictive Grid, Substation monitoring

You need Sensors during the Summer Peak

Posted by Tim Figura, Senior Sales Engineer on Jul 22, 2014 9:00:00 AM

As the summer peak approaches in early August, utilities need to make sure they are ready to handle the increased load. Peak electricity demand refers to the period of time when the most electricity is consumed throughout the entire electricity network system. It is concentrated to a few hours of the year during very hot summer afternoons. These hot summer afternoons are a recipe for electricity peaks because of limited load diversity -- air-conditioning units are on full blast, businesses and factories are operating at high capacity, and household appliances are running all at the same time. 

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Topics: Predictive Grid

Reflections on This Year’s Most Important Week for Grid Modernization to Date

Posted by Kimberly Getgen, Vice President Corporate Marketing on Jul 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The week of June 24 was a busy one for Grid Modernization.  The topic was highlighted at two key events:  1.) The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and 2.) The GridWise Alliance’s National Summit “Future of the Grid – Evolving to Meet America’s Needs.”  Coinciding with these events, an article in Bloomberg appeared stating power outages in the U.S. were up by 285% since 1984 and that the U.S. grid ranked last among the top 9 Western industrialized nations in the average length of outages.  This entry is a reflection on what we at Tollgrade learned at the events that week in June and what we can do to help our nation’s grid evolve beyond its breaking point.

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Topics: Predictive Grid

Three Ways Tollgrade LightHouse Sensors Reduce Operating Expenses and Offer Unique Functionality Not Available in Other DA Solutions

Posted by Kimberly Getgen, Vice President Corporate Marketing on Jul 15, 2014 9:00:00 AM

When deciding on a Distribution Automation (DA) strategy, one of the most important considerations is the cost/benefit analysis of making such an investment. With an average “pay back” period of close to a year, monitoring the grid with Tollgrade LightHouse Sensors is one of the most affordable ways to upgrade your network and improve reliability. In this entry, we outline three reasons why more utilities are choosing the Tollgrade LightHouse platform to help them save money than ever before.

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Topics: Predictive Grid

You’ve Deployed Smart Meters…Here’s Why You’ll Still Need Smart Grid Sensors

Posted by Kimberly Getgen, Vice President Corporate Marketing on Jul 10, 2014 9:15:00 AM

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 included the largest electric grid moderation investment in U.S. History. The DOE received 3.4 billion to fund approximately 100 projects and this investment was matched by 4.7 billion in private investments.  Most of the funds received will be invested in upgrading the utility electric grids through new technologies such as automated substations, and smart meters and sensors.

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Topics: Predictive Grid

Tollgrade Selected as Light Reading 2014 Leading Lights Awards Finalists

Posted by Mark Peterson, V P Global Sales Broadband on Jul 8, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Tollgrade was recently selected as a finalist in the Light Reading 2014 Leading Lights awards program in the “Outstanding Test and Measurement Vendor” category. The Leading Lights awards are the telecom industry’s most prestigious awards program and focus on next-generation communications technologies, applications, services, and strategies. This is the first time Light Reading has introduced the Outstanding Test and Measurement Vendor Category to recognize the important role that telecom test providers play in the communications networking industry.  

Tollgrade was recognized as a finalist for its broadband test solution, the VBT™ Virtual Broadband Technician, a handheld, in-home testing device. Used by field technicians, VBT pinpoints the causes of problems at the customer premises (in the home or local access network) that are otherwise difficult to diagnose and that can disrupt or slow down broadband services. It does this by automatically performing 50 tests, diagnosing the problem, and confirming when the problem is fixed.

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Topics: Virtual Broadband Technician, Awards

Predictive Grid® Video Series Part 5: Programming your MV Sensors

Posted by Tim Figura, Senior Sales Engineer on Jul 1, 2014 9:10:00 AM

With Tollgrade LightHouse, installing and programming sensors is a simple, pain-free process. LightHouse sensors are hot stick deployable, are remotely programmable and upgradable and require no field maintenance once installed (there are no batteries to replace or calibration required). Installation is as easy as three simple steps:

  1. Install factory delivered sensors in minutes through hot stick deployment
  2. Sensors automatically power-up (inductively powered) from the line
  3. Fault current, voltage, load and substation measurements are configured remotely through our LightHouse System Management (SMS) Software

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Topics: Predictive grid videos series

Building a Predictive Grid for the Motor City

Posted by Kimberly Getgen, Vice President Corporate Marketing on Jun 25, 2014 5:02:10 PM

Today is an exciting day for Tollgrade!  Just moments ago, Ed Kennedy, Tollgrade’ CEO, was featured on stage with President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America’s Meeting in Denver, Colorado where he made a Commitment of Action to “Build a Predictive Grid for the Motor City” with our partner DTE Energy. 

This three year project will bring comprehensive grid modernization to Detroit. DTE Energy, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, delivers electricity to 2.1 million customers. To exceed reliability targets, they are deploying Tollgrade’s award-winning LightHouse® MV Smart Grid Sensors and Predictive Grid® Analytics platform at key substations starting at older, legacy feeders and troublesome circuits.

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Topics: Predictive Grid

Predictive Grid ® Video Series Part 4: Event Summary

Posted by Tim Figura, Senior Sales Engineer on Jun 24, 2014 10:05:00 AM

Receiving real time, accurate information about the grid is critical in responding to and understanding events. Deploying sensors on your grid is an effective way to receive this data. Sensors detect an event and communicate this data back to the sensor management system. This data is then analyzed and stored in the event summary.

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Topics: Predictive grid videos series

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