CONCORD, ON, Feb. 16, 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 to provide Green Mountain Power (GMP)
with a communications solution for its smart grid initiative.
Green Mountain Power serves approximately 96,000 customers, about one
quarter of Vermont's residents. In order to keep the lights on for
their large customer base, GMP required a reliable communications
network that could withstand the harsh environment of an electric utility. After extensive investigation, GMP decided on RuggedCom's utility
This project is part of GMP's smart grid initiative and implements remote access to its substations. The RuggedBackbone™ RX1500 multiservice
communications platform, which is used for Ethernet connectivity from
GMP's SCADA network to all of its substations, is well suited to the
challenges of a substation environment because it meets and/or exceeds
the necessary IEEE and IEC requirements for communications equipment in
substations environments. The RX1500 is also modular, scalable and
field upgradeable, which provides great flexibility for GMP's
substation networks, which include a mixture of serial, Ethernet and
frame relay devices. The field upgradeability of the RX1500 also allows
for future growth, which is a critical feature that GMP requires, as it
will be utilizing a public carrier network for the short term. The
long-term plan is to connect via VELCO's statewide fiber network. The
RX1500 allows for a simple change out of the line modules to make the
transition from one type of WAN connection to the other.
"We determined that RuggedCom's Ethernet network equipment was a perfect
fit for what we needed," says Ken Couture, GMP's Engineering
Manager. "RuggedCom's focus on the electric power market, product
performance certifications and the flexibility of the RX1500 will allow
us to install a communications network that will be reliable, robust
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
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 Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power transmits, distributes and sells electricity and
utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service
territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont's population. It
serves approximately 96,000 customers.
SOURCE RuggedCom Inc.
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