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Upcoming BSX Hardware Demonstration

Upcoming BSX Hardware Demonstration

 
 
The Black Sky Emergency Communication and Coordination System (BSX): 
As our hosted sector by sector EPRO process moved forward, a basic problem emerged. Since the basic national telecommunications backbones are tied into the power grid, the foundation and first step for both infrastructure restoration and population sustainment following any Black Sky event is a nationally deployed, emergency, interoperable communication system.
 
To be operable, nodes of such a system must be designed to supply their own power for at least 60 days following a no-notice event, and must be designed in an architecture that can support deployment of 100,000 to 200,000 nodes in all sectors, nationwide. And given the scale and inevitable confusion following such an event, a successful system must also support situational awareness, and a decision support model that can assist the decision makers using these nodes.
 
The BSX Solution, and the Upcoming EPRI Hardware Demonstration:
Early last year, EIS Council began working with the designers of DOD’s military communication system to develop such an architecture. The result: The Black Sky Emergency Communication and Coordination System (BSX). This summer, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with support coming from 14 power companies, gave EIS Council a contract to build and demonstrate key elements of a BSX prototype. As a result of the maturity of the design, the first demonstration will occur only a few months after project start, as a key element of the EPRO Executive Committee Meeting taking place at PJM Headquarters on Dec. 12, 2017.