HANOVER, Md. — Salt River Project (SRP), an Arizona public power utility and water supplier, will modernize its backbone network with Ciena® Corporation’s converged packet optical platform to improve network resiliency, reduce costs and increase capacity, according to a press release.

This upgrade will enable SRP to support the surging demand for high-bandwidth services driven by supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), grid automation and storage traffic, noted the release.

In addition, SRP’s network will be able to support more dynamic applications, such as smart meters and substation automation, to enable real-time information monitoring and control, and provide increased electric-system reliability, improved power quality and faster service restoration capabilities, the release reported.

The SRP power district is one of the nation's largest public power utilities, continued the release, providing electricity to more than 990,000 retail customers in a 2,900-square-mile service area that spans three Arizona counties, including the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

According to the release, this network enhancement and adoption of Ciena’s OP?® architecture gives SRP a more secure and resilient network that is automated, connected and intelligent.