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Electric utility service provider Tollgrade Communications Inc. has unveiled a new substation monitoring application that the company says can help prevent transformer failures.

Tollgrade notes that the application is an addition to LightHouse, the company's fault-detection and distribution monitoring platform. With the addition of substation monitoring, Tollgrade reports that the platform helps enable greater visibility and reliability.

"One of the most challenging tasks a utility faces is having actionable visibility in their distribution network, particularly as their assets like substation transformers age and face the stress of unforeseen conditions, demands or extreme weather," comments Erik Christian, vice president, smart grid, at Tollgrade. "Now, with LightHouse, it is possible to hang a few smart grid line sensors with integrated wireless communications at a substation in a matter of minutes and have immediate visibility that can help avoid an outage or failure."

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