|[January 05, 2012]
Tropos Mesh OS Release 7.7 Brings Enterprise-Class Security to Field Area Networks for the Smart Grid and Other Large-Scale Industrial Applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Tropos® Networks, a leading provider of reliable private wireless IP
broadband networks for the Smart Grid and other large-scale, outdoor
industrial applications, today announced Tropos Mesh OS Release 7.7.
This new release of Tropos' embedded mesh operating system provides the
industry's first Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)-based solution to
extend secure wireless Smart Grid communications through substations to
distribution automation endpoints such as recloser, capacitor bank and
voltage regulator controllers.
IPsec support enables Tropos GridCom® field area networks to extend North
American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical
Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliant security from a utility's data
centers, through substations, to the wired interfaces of Tropos mesh
routers that connect distribution automation endpoints to the network.
IPsec effectively secures distribution automation endpoints, including
legacy devices that lack native security capabilities. This capability
enables secure implementation of distribution automation applications
such as conservation voltage reduction, automatic feeder reconfiguration
and dynamic Volt/VAR control. Based on open standards, IPsec provides an
interoperable method for hsts and security gateways from different
vendors to create secure, end-to-end network connections.
For more than a decade, enterprises have relied on IPsec virtual private
networks (VPNs) to secure critical systems and sensitive information. By
incorporating IPsec into Tropos Mesh OS Release 7.7, Tropos brings this
time-tested technology to the Smart Grid, introducing enterprise-class
security to utilities' field area networks. Tropos' IPsec implementation
incorporates other enterprise features including multi-homing so that
Smart Grid endpoints can securely connect to more than one data center,
providing redundancy and increasing availability, as well as Virtual
Local Area Network (VLAN) support enabling traffic for different
applications to be segregated with each VLAN maintaining its own address
space, quality of service policies and security policies including the
capability to create one or more IPsec tunnels per VLAN.
"Tropos' IPsec support extends enterprise-class security into the
utility distribution network, securing Smart Grid devices and
applications," said Brian Moccia, AMI Technology Manager for DTE Energy.
"It offers an open standards-based solution for extending secure
wireless communications networks beyond substations, to devices such as
such as switches, sectionalizers, reclosers and capacitor banks located
on distribution feeders."
"Tropos Mesh OS Release 7.7 makes it easier for utilities to meet and
exceed cyber security requirements," said Roman Arutyunov, Vice
President of Product Development for Tropos Networks (News - Alert). "Tropos customers
can quickly and simply secure their networks by configuring any Tropos
mesh router to function as an industry-standard VPN endpoint."
The IPsec protocol suite provides end-to-end security for IP
communications. IPsec authenticates and encrypts each packet of an IP
session. It also authenticates each session's hosts and/or security
gateways at the session's beginning and negotiates the keys to be used
during the session. IPsec is defined by Internet Engineering Task Force
(IETF) RFCs 4301 through 4309.
Tropos Mesh OS Release 7.7 is shipping now. Tropos customers with valid
support subscriptions can download Tropos Mesh OS Release 7.7 for no
About Tropos Networks
Tropos® Networks is a worldwide leader in creating reliable private
wireless IP broadband networks for the Smart Grid and other large-scale,
outdoor industrial applications. The company has more than 850 customers
in over 30 countries. Founded in 2000, Tropos Networks headquarters are
in Sunnyvale, California. To learn more about Tropos, visit www.tropos.com and
follow us at twitter.com/troposnetworks.
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