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NIA SSEPD 0017: Overhead Line Vibration Monitoring Phase 2

Key activities

This project will complete the development of a technical method that commenced in a previous Innovation Funding Incentive (IFI) project. In that project, wire mounted sensors incorporating electronics for detecting change in angle, wire sag and impact of a wire strike were developed. The IFI phase led to the production of prototype sensors which demonstrated proof of concept through successful vibration testing on overhead lines.

Expected outcomes

The project will demonstrate that wire mounted sensors can sense wire strikes and wire sags, and have a mounted life of more than 6 months.  It will also demonstrate that the information from the sensors can be used to discriminate between varying types of wire impacts, and reject false positives, e.g. heavy birds landing or colliding.

Funding Stream

NIA £380k

Start/end date


Project Manager

Colin Mathieson