-- Broadband wireless network enables real time data monitoring, enabling
Hydro One to reduce operational and energy costs for its customers across
TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Redline Communications Group Inc. ("Redline")
(TSX: RDL) of Markham Ontario, a leading provider of WiMAX and broadband
wireless infrastructure products, and Hydro One, the leading electricity
transmitter and distributor in Ontario, today announced they had signed an
agreement to trial Redline's RedMAX 4C WiMAX solutions to enable
communications to smart meters and other advanced electricity distribution
In keeping with the direction of the Province of Ontario, Hydro One
Networks and Hydro One Brampton are working to install smart meters in the
homes and small businesses of their combined 1.3 million customers by 2010. To
date, the Company has installed almost 900,000 meters. Smart meters, when
teamed with time-of-use-pricing, are a key part of building a culture of
conservation across the province and achieving significant reductions in peak
electricity demand through load shifting.
The Redline WiMAX solution is designed to enable remote meter reading as
well as outage monitoring and will ultimately help operationalize a number of
additional applications, including power distribution automation, power
station/security monitoring, smart home applications, and remote work dispatch
for field staff; increasing customer service and providing opportunity to
reduce Hydro One's operational and maintenance costs.
With real-time load information from customer smart meters, Hydro One
will also be better able to optimize the electrical system and plan for future
Redline and Hydro One have completed testing of Redline's RedMAX 4C(TM)
WiMAX solutions for the enablement of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)
in rural areas of the province near Barrie, Ontario.
Markham-based Redline employs more than 80 engineers focused on the
delivery of WiMAX and broadband wireless solutions.
"Hydro One's Smart Meters and our plans for the Smart Grid will allow us
to support and drive consumer choices about electricity and contribute to a
culture of conservation in Ontario," said Rick Stevens, Director, Development
Strategy, Hydro One Networks. "Incorporating Redline's 802.16e WiMAX
technologies to our network will allow us to enable a number of applications
for other business processes and transformations that will provide additional
benefits to our customers."
The broadband wireless network connecting the Hydro One Smart Meters is
the first phase of the project consisting of a series of Redline WiMAX base
stations that connect wirelessly to outdoor customer premise equipment (CPE).
Data generated by the Smart Meters are backhauled over the network to Hydro
One's Operations Centre.
"The demand for WiMAX technologies goes well beyond that of major
telecommunications carriers," said Kevin Suitor, Vice President of Marketing,
Redline Communications Inc. "With the advances we have made in our RedMAX
products, we can provide the bandwidth, reliability and price points required
for deployment in a range of vertical applications including smart metering
and video surveillance."
"Smart Grid initiatives have been a prime focus for utility companies
around the world as these organizations have been mandated to implement better
ways to control, monitor and reduce energy consumption in their networks,"
added Suitor. "The Smart Metering is an important component of an effective
Smart Grid project."
RedMAX 4C WiMAX Platform
The RedMAX 4C is the latest addition to Redline's family of WiMAX
products. Operating in the 1.8 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum
bands, and supporting a high concentration of subscribers, it enables
operators to realize a rapid return on their WiMAX investment. The RedMAX 4C
includes a modular, standardized (micro) TCA (micro Telecommunications
Computing Architecture) chassis base station that is small, lightweight and
easy to deploy, as well as a selection of customer premise equipment.
About Redline Communications
Redline Communications (www.redlinecommunications.com) is the leading
provider of fixed and mobile standards-based wireless broadband solutions.
Redline's RedMAX(TM) WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) system, RedMAX 4C WiMAX(TM)
products, and its award-winning RedCONNEX(TM) and RedACCESS(TM) families of
broadband wireless infrastructure products enable service providers and other
network operators to cost-effectively deliver high-bandwidth services,
including voice, video and data communications. Redline is committed to
maintaining its wireless industry leadership with the continued development of
WiMAX and other advanced wireless broadband products. With more than 135,000
installations in 85 countries, and a global network of over 170 partners,
Redline's experience and expertise helps service providers, enterprises and
government organizations roll out wireless broadband networks to support
About Hydro One
Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's
29,000 kilometer high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometer
low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use
customers and smaller municipal utilities across 640,000 square kilometers in
the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.
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