CONCORD, ON, Jan. 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 by Memphis Light, Gas and Water
Division (MLGW), United States' largest three-service municipal
utility, to provide a high-speed communications network to support
remote monitoring systems and future smart grid applications.
MLGW's new communication network features underground routers,
emphasizing the need for utility grade devices. They also required
devices with encryption and other cyber security options to protect the network and end devices as well as for
regulatory reasons. RuggedCom's RuggedBackbone™ was the answer to
MLGW's needs; a tough, high density, single box solution that provides
various technologies (gigabit, serial and security), perfect for
locations with space constraints, such as underground vaults.
RuggedCom's network management software, RuggedNMS™ was also specified
to provide a comprehensive platform for monitoring, configuring and
maintaining mission-critical, IP-based communications networks.
"This was a very demanding project, requiring a high degree of
reliability and flexibility. Much of what we were trying to accomplish
provided not only new functionalities for MLGW, but pushed the industry
forward in terms of performance and standardization," said Allan Long,
MLGW's Project Manager for its Network Distribution System Automation
project, recipient of a Smart Grid Investment Grant from the U.S.
Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"RuggedCom's multi-service platform, the RuggedBackbone™, is providing
the features we needed."
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 Memphis Light, Gas and Water
Memphis Light, Gas and Water is the nation's largest three-service
municipal utility, serving nearly 430,000 customers. Since 1939, MLGW
has met the utility needs of Memphis and Shelby County residents by
delivering reliable and affordable electricity, natural gas and water
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