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Harris Corporation Network to Provide Early Warning of Potential Disturbances in Regional Electric Grid for Western U.S. and Canada

MELBOURNE, Fla. July 14, 2011


  • Wide area network to support the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and other participating organizations
  • Key component in implementing real-time vulnerability detection in region’s electric grid
  • Enables organizations to take timely actions that help avoid widespread system blackouts


The private network will enable the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), a forum for promoting regional electric service reliability, and other participating entities, to take timely actions to avoid widespread system blackouts.  

The Harris network is key to the implementation of the Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program (WISP), whose goal is to install more than 250 new or upgraded Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) across the region.  These synchrophasors can identify and analyze system vulnerabilities in real time, and can detect evolving disturbances in the region’s bulk electric system.  In addition to detecting electric system disruptions, synchrophasor technology can help companies see and manage intermittent renewable resources.  

Harris initially will provide the low-latency, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network between 18 Western power utilities at 29 different sites and two large WECC data centers.  The WECC is the largest and most diverse North American Electric Reliability Corporation Regional Entity. The system is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Sheldon Fox

About Harris Corporation

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 Sleighton Meyer

Jim Burke

 Harris Government Communications Systems

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  Marc Raimondi

 Harris Corporation – Washington, D.C.


SOURCE Harris Corporation

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