CONCORD, ON, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a leading designer and manufacturer of
industrial strength networks for mission-critical applications in harsh
environments, has been selected as a supplier for the smart grid
deployment at Burlington Electric Department (BED) in Burlington,
RuggedCom's communication solution will consist of wireline devices from
the RuggedSwitch® and RuggedBackbone™ families of products,
complemented by RuggedCom's network management software, RuggedNMS, and
RuggedSolutions' CrossBow security software. The solution will support
BED's objective of improving and enhancing their SCADA network.
Upon the installation of new fiber throughout the city, the
RuggedSwitch® and RuggedBackbone™ devices will be located in the
substation, recloser & capacitor bank enclosures, as well as in BED's
primary and backup SCADA control centers. These Ethernet switches will
allow device polling and reporting, configuration updates and record
retrieval. The gigabit capacity of this Ethernet network will allow BED
to add future services like video, VOIP or other SCADA related data.
RuggedNMS™ is a network management tool that will be used to monitor the
health and status of BED's fiber network and Ethernet switches.
RuggedNMS™ will also allow BED to gather network performance
information, manage device configurations and provide bulk upload of
software and firmware to the RuggedCom network devices.
CrossBow™ will provide BED with simplified, secure access management to
all intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) on their network. BED's
engineering staff can access any IED on the network through the
centrally administered CrossBow™ server and its use of strong
authentication methodologies for ensuring user credentials. Once the
software validates a user, it provides one click access to any IED the
user is authorized to access. CrossBow™ meets NERC CIP cyber security
standards and shields the user from having to know firewall, switch and
IED passwords and also maintains a complete set of access records that
allows it to generate automated reports.
The integration of the communications solution will be supported by
RuggedCom's professional services team. The scope of work will include
pre-project engineering, Ethernet device configuration, network
performance maximization and training.
"Burlington Electric Department has taken advantage of RuggedCom's broad
portfolio of distribution and substation automation products to
efficiently implement an advanced smart grid communications network,"
said Jim Slinowsky, Vice President of Marketing for RuggedCom.
About RuggedCom Inc.
RuggedCom is a leading provider of utility grade 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. RuggedCom's products are expressly
designed for use in challenging environments such as those found in
electric power substations and smartgrids.
For more information, visit www.ruggedcom.com or follow us on Twitter: @RuggedCom.
About Burlington Electric Department
Burlington Electric Department is the municipal utility for the city of
Burlington, Vermont. It was founded in 1905 and serves 16,000
residential and 3,600 commercial customers. The utility has a strong
commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Because of strong
energy efficiency programs the city of Burlington is using only 2
percent more electricity than it did in 1989, the year before the
voters approved an energy efficiency bond. BED is a 50 percent owner of
the 50 megawatt McNeil Wood Chip Generating Station in Burlington's
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