CONCORD, ON, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom")
(TSX:RCM), a leading designer and manufacturer of utility grade
Ethernet and 4G wireless broadband networks for mission-critical
applications in harsh environments, has been chosen by PowerStream, the
second largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company in
Ontario, to deliver a wide area communications solution for monitoring
privately owned distributed generation installations.
RuggedCom's WiMAX solution, RuggedMAX, will provide PowerStream with a
cost-effective and reliable method of communicating with generators
spread across their 800km sq. territory. The 1.8GHz wireless connection
will be used in the monitoring of private solar generating assets 250kW
"RuggedMAX was chosen because we required a product that can operate
reliably in the substation environment," says Glenn Allen, Manager of
Station Design, PowerStream. "Our investigation revealed that
RuggedCom's WiMAX product had the functionality we required, and their
years of experience focusing specifically on rugged communication
networks was reassuring."
"The integrated system can achieve exceptional performance via the
unique layer-two forwarding capability of the RuggedMAX network
solution," explains Elik Jaeger, VP of Rugged Wireless for RuggedCom.
"Once a wide-area wireless infrastructure is in place for the
distribution generation solution, the same wireless coverage footprint
can be leveraged to deliver other applications such as distribution
automation, security solutions and video surveillance."
RuggedCom's RuggedMAX™ is the world's first utility grade mobile WiMAX platform designed for the harsh environment of an electric substation
by complying with standards such as IEEE 1613 and IEC 61850-3. RuggedMAX™ supports a unique standalone network
architecture, which can operate without the need for an ASN gateway,
ultimately reducing end-to-end latency and improving system
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.
PowerStream is the second largest municipally-owned electricity
distribution company in Ontario, providing service to more than 330,000
customers residing or owning a business in communities located
immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. The communities
served include Alliston, Aurora, Barrie, Beeton, Bradford West
Gwillimbury, Markham, Penetanguishene, Richmond Hill, Thornton,
Tottenham and Vaughan. PowerStream is jointly owned by the City of
Barrie, the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham.
SOURCE RuggedCom Inc.
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