Project: Baton Rouge Wastewater Pump Station SCADA System (November 22, 2005)


November 22, 2005

The city of Baton Rouge has committed to a Phase I RTU and HMI re-request for proposals late in November with a due date the end of December. It appears possible, then, that a decision will be made sometime in January and a contract completed by March for Phase I, and a notice to proceed issued on Phase II (the installation and panel building contract) about the same time. It appears last week's prediction of the 2nd Quarter 2006 to get restarted is on target.

We set up the phone/PDA communications on Sprint and, apparently are working with the right person, as our phone/PDA device running Windows Mobile 5.0 was here the next day! We have begun testing this as a tool for SCADA remote access. Currently, it looks promising and is very cool. More on this later.

Materials were ordered to build up a replacement radio cabinet (scope change), but we're still on target for a complete SCADA system operational test (to one pump station) before the end of the year.

As a special Christmas techie treat, since this is a Web-based SCADA system, we will plan to make the system accessible to YOU for a few weeks, beginning sometime in December, before it goes into service for the customer. It will be beta at that point, but it will be a good test of the system to see how it holds up under general public access. Check future entries in this blog for sign-on instructions.

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