Eastern Nebraska Chooses RuggedCom for Smart Grid Initiative project
(Canada Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
HOLLYWOOD, FL, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ -RuggedCom Inc.,("RuggedCom") (TSX: RCM), a leading designer and manufacturer of
industrial strength networks, in partnership with ABB Inc., a leader in power and automation technologies, has been selected to
provide communication solutions for the Eastern Nebraska Public Power
District Consortium's (ENPPDC) Smart Grid Initiative project. The
ENPPDC consortium is comprised of Cuming County and Stanton County
Public Power Districts.
The ENPPDC project includes procurement of wireless communications,
supervisory control and data acquisition software (SCADA), distribution
automation software, intelligent reclosers and controls, automated
regulator controls and irrigation load control devices. The idea is to
connect redundant operation centers to substations and downline devices
over a two county, 1000 square mile area, increasing system visibility
for customer outages and reducing the time required to restore
"Stanton and Cuming Counties are committed to advancing our distribution
network infrastructure and becoming a smart grid leader," says Elwood
Moore, General Manager, Cuming County Public Power District. "We are
looking forward to working with RuggedCom and are confident that their
products and expertise will make this project a success."
RuggedCom will supply RuggedMAX™ standards based broadband wireless base stations and subscriber units to ENPPDC, making data collection and
remote monitoring over large distances possible. The wireless network
infrastructure will be connected using RuggedCom's RuggedBackbone™ and
RuggedSwitch® product families and managed using the RuggedNMS™ Network Management Software.
"There continues to be increased interest from electric power utilities
for our multi-service platform, RuggedMAX™. The solution, which is
based on IEEE 802.16e 4G broadband wireless technology and was
intentionally built for mission critical applications, will be
incorporated into the project and will ultimately reduce end to end
latency and improve reliability," says Elik Jaeger, Vice President,
About RuggedCom Inc.
RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking
solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh
environments. RuggedCom's pioneering leadership in developing
technologies and products for the electric power industry delivered the
world's first IEC 61850-3 compliant Ethernet switch suitable for
electric utility substation environments, the world's first IEEE 1613
Class 2 error free communication devices, the world's fastest network
fault recovery and the world's first fully managed IP67 rated Ethernet
switch. RuggedCom's technology solutions include Ethernet switches,
network routers, wireless devices, serial servers, media converters,
software and professional services. The products are expressly designed
for use in challenging environments such as those found in electric
power substations and smart grids.
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