CableGuardian is able to pinpoint the location of any electrical short, open, or transient failure with 98% accuracy. Installed in different locations throughout the signalling power distribution networks, CableGuardian returns data via 4G, trackside fibre, or standard wired Ethernet communications networks.
The end user receives not only health and status monitoring of cables, but fault location information in order to direct maintenance engineers for cable repairs or preventative maintenance. As well as the commercial and performance considerations, CableGuardian has positive implications for health and safety risks to both maintenance personal and the public by ensuring that failing cables are identified and alarmed well before they reach a state where there is a safety risk.
For issues such as cable theft, the system is able to instantly alarm on a first cable cut and direct British Transport Police, local police or security to the exact incident location as the theft is in progress.
The insulation monitoring technology, which is a fundamental part of CableGuardian, was developed as part of a Joint Industry Project model that saw a collaboration between Viper Innovations and a number of subsea oil and gas operators including BP, Shell, Chevron, and Total. The spirit of co-creative development between Viper Innovations and these major operators illustrates the degree to which the technology was desperately desired within the subsea oil and gas industry. The analytics software, which forms a fundamental part of the prognostic capability, was developed under a similar co-creative model that not only included major oil companies but also a UK university. The driver to identify where faults are and to predict where they are likely to occur has been a compelling one.