CONCORD, ON, Feb. 7, 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 Vermont Electric Power Company
(VELCO) to provide a substation communications network and remote access solution.
VELCO manages a statewide transmission system consisting of 732 miles of
transmission lines - 115 kV to 450 kV D.C., 53 substations, a 200 MW
back-to-back HVDC converter and over 13,000 acres of rights of way.
VELCO also has its fair share of punishing weather and challenging
terrain and required a utility-grade IP-based network solution that was
NERC CIP compliant for remote access.
After careful consideration, VELCO selected RuggedCom products based on
their ability to function in harsh environments and in tandem with
other system assets critical to maintain grid reliability.
"Interoperability is not just key to this particular project's success,
but a crucial communications link since RuggedCom's RX1500s will mate
to our high-bandwidth carrier Ethernet devices being used in VELCO's
statewide fiber project," says Todd Ponto, VELCO's Team Lead of
Network, Security & CIP.
RuggedCom's Professional Services group aided in the design and
commissioning of VELCO's network and network equipment. The network
architecture consists of RuggedCom's RuggedBackbone™ RX1500
multiservice communications platform, which is being used as a layer 3
router and firewall for substations. The RuggedSwitch® RSG2300 is then
used as a layer 2 Ethernet switch to create the local area network.
RuggedServer™ RS910 allows VELCO to connect critical assets via serial
communications into the local area network.
RuggedCom's CrossBow™, a secure IED access management solution, was deployed to help VELCO maintain their NERC CIP compliance. In
addition to deploying CrossBow, VELCO has also decided to utilize
CrossBow's station access controller software, which is running
natively on the RX1500.
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 Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. (VELCO)
Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) was formed in 1956 when local
utilities joined together to create the nation's first statewide,
"transmission only" company in order to share access to clean
hydropower and maintain the state's transmission grid. The Company and
its 19 distribution utility owners are jointly executing "eEnergy
Vermont" a statewide, federally supported Smart Grid Investment Grant
project. VELCO is committed to utilizing energy efficiency, power
generation and system infrastructure to serve as Vermont's transmission
For more information, please visit us at: www.velco.com
SOURCE RuggedCom Inc.
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