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Israel Electric Corp. (IEC) is implementing Metrycom Communications Ltd.'s solution for monitoring high-voltage transmission lines in an effort to improve power quality and reduce maintenance costs.

Metrycom's ultra-low power wireless sensor systems for large-area applications enable electric utilities to gain better visibility into their transmission and distribution lines, which can suffer from insulator-string contamination and faults. IEC has been field-testing Metrycom's technology for three years and is now deploying the MetrySense-4000 solution to monitor an additional 100 km of 161 kV and 400 kV high-voltage lines.

"The MetrySense-4000 system is unique of its kind and is the result of many years of research and development and extensive field experience gained by close collaboration with IEC," says Liron Frenkel, founder and CEO of Metrycom. "This is the only system that provides real-time, accurate and cost-effective visibility of contamination levels of insulators in high-voltage power lines, and allows our customers to apply preventive maintenance scheme that improves power quality and reduces maintenance costs."

IEC is the main supplier of electrical power in Israel. The company builds, maintains and operates power generation stations, substations, and transmission and distribution networks.

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