Engineers Australia Honors Fujitsu, TransGrid with Excellence Award

10/6/2003 - NSW high-voltage electricity carrier TransGrid and Fujitsu Australia have won the Engineering Excellence Award for Control Systems, Network Infrastructure and Telecommunications from Engineers Australia, Sydney Division, for the innovative design and efficient deployment of TransGrid's 1,500km fibre-optic telecommunications network.

In awarding the prize, Steve Finlay, President from Engineers Australia, said: "The joint project between TransGrid and Fujitsu Australia was thoughtfully designed and developed for optimal operation. Engineers Australia was very impressed by the inventive engineering methods used to overcome project challenges."

Chris Fitzgerald, General Manager Engineering, TransGrid, was delighted to receive the industry accolade. "The Optical Power Ground Wire (OPGW) network is a critical part of the infrastructure that supports TransGrid's power network and Australia's National Electricity Market," he said. "Winning this prestigious engineering excellence award caps off what has been a very successful partnership with Fujitsu."

Earlier this year, TransGrid signed a three-year, multimillion-dollar agreement with Fujitsu Australia for the supply and deployment of SDH fibre-optic networking equipment. The OPGW project involved upgrading the main backbone of TransGrid's telecommunications network from microwave technology to a high-capacity fibre-optic system.

Stretching some 1,500km across New South Wales, the TransGrid network is used to monitor and control the high voltage transmission lines and substations that transport power from power generators in the National Electricity Market to power distributors in NSW.

Rigorous reliability and performance requirements were met through Fujitsu's unique 'ladder' network architecture,which enables traffic to find the fastest route across the network. The Fujitsu system can also transmit data between substations over distances of up to 182km using specialised optical repeater technology developed for submarine network applications.

The field-proven products deployed by Fujitsu for the TransGrid network are widely used in other networks in Australia, China, Colombia, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, the UAE and Zimbabwe.

Brian Murphy, General Manager Telecommunications, Fujitsu Australia, said the company was elated to receive the award. "This was a significant project for Fujitsu which presented unique challenges that pushed the boundaries of the engineering skills and the capabilities of the product. The resolution of these challenges proves the strong working relationship between the TransGrid and Fujitsu engineering teams involved."

About TransGrid
TransGrid is the owner, operator and manager of the high-voltage electricity transmission system throughout New South Wales, Australia. It transmits electricity across NSW through 12,016 kilometres of high-voltage transmission lines supported by about 20,000 structures that are made from concrete, wood or steel, along what are commonly known as easements. TransGrid's high-voltage electricity system also comprises 76 substations and power station switchyards.

About Fujitsu Australia
Fujitsu is a global leader in information and communications technology solutions. Throughout Australia and New Zealand, Fujitsu is recognised as a leading systems integrator and services provider. We deliver complex infrastructure systems and services, and business and telecommunications solutions, as well as offering access to a wide network of partners. From the desktop to the data centre; multivendor procurement to prime contracting; consulting to systems integration, Fujitsu has earned a reputation as the single supplier of choice for leading corporate and government organisations. Fujitsu Australia Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited of Japan.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003.

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