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LightRiver to upgrade California communications network

12 September 2012

LightRiver Technologies will upgrade the communications network infrastructure of  California Aqueduct, operated by the California Department of Water Resources.

LightRiver Technologies has been selected by The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in the US to upgrade the department's communications network infrastructure.

Under the five-year contract, LightRiver will install the next-generation optical networking technology at 135 sites across the state of California and provide two network operations centres.

It will also provide supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), voice, video and data communications to operate the State Water Project (SWP) facilities.

Ramon Murillo, California State Water Project Communications System Upgrade project manager, said: "We look forward to working in partnership with LightRiver to successfully complete the project."

Glenn Johansen, LightRiver Technologies CEO, said: "We are proud to be part of such an important undertaking and firmly believe that the investment will pay dividends in making the California water system a model for other large public works."

The SWP facilities include storage facilities, pumping and hydroelectric power plants, and around 700 miles of canals, tunnels, pipelines, which includes the California Aqueduct.

The company will also provide turn-key multi-technology, multi-vendor professional integration services that include project management, network deployment, detailed engineering design, and network commissioning services.

The DWR expects to use the upgraded communications network to optimise water flow, water distribution, and to provide flood control and safety for the residents of California.


Image: LightRiver Technologies will upgrade the communications network infrastructure of California Aqueduct, operated by the California Department of Water Resources. Photo: courtesy of Ikluft.