RuggedCom's Utility Grade RuggedMAX Broadband Wireless Solution to be
Deployed in a Field Trial of a Proposed WiMAX Wide Area Network.
CONCORD, ON, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc., ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged
communications networking solutions for mission-critical applications
in harsh environments, today announced it has been selected as a
supplier for BC Hydro's WAN Pilot project. The Pilot project will run
through March 2011 and successful deployment will extend the supply
agreement for an additional two to three years.
BC Hydro is deploying the WiMAX WAN field trial in the Burnaby/Richmond
area and the Gulf Islands of the Lower Mainland in BC. The purpose of
the field trial is to verify the suitability of WiMAX technology for BC
Hydro's applications including:
Distribution automation, such as the control and monitoring of
reclosers, transformers and capacitor banks
Site remote monitoring for alarms and video surveillance
"BC Hydro continues to be a thought leader in the proliferation of
communication technologies for grid automation applications," said Elik
Jaeger, VP RuggedWIRELESS. "We are delighted BC Hydro chose to work
with RuggedCom on this key Smart Grid infrastructure pilot project and
look forward to successful completion of the field trial and the future
roll out over the BC Hydro service territory."
The pilot project is a multi site live outdoor deployment and is
expected to last 3 months. The project will be deployed in the 1.8 GHz
frequency band, set aside by Industry Canada for electric power
applications. RuggedMAX is the world's first utility grade mobile WiMAX
platform designed for the harsh environment of the electric substation
by complying to 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, thereby reducing end-to-end
latency and improving system reliability.
About RuggedCom Inc.
RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged 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 electrical power
substations and "Smart Grids".
SOURCE RuggedCom Inc.
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