National Grid Selects RuggedCom as Prime Solutions Provider for UK RAMM Project

RuggedCom's Utility Grade Ethernet Routing and Switching Solutions Selected by National Grid UK to Build Out Remote Access Monitoring & Management for 400+ Electric and Gas Substations in the UK.

CONCORD, ON, Jan. 10 /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 awarded a contract from National Grid to supply project management, equipment and services to implement a Remote Access Monitoring & Management solution for 400+ Electric and Gas substations in the UK.

This will be implemented over the next 3 years, with a total project value of approximately $5M USD. The solution will be based on RuggedCom's RuggedSwitch® and RuggedRouter® families of utility grade IEC 61850-3 compliant products. National Grid will use RuggedCom's products to enhance fault response, management and monitoring of the substations. Expected benefits include risk avoidance, improved asset condition assessment, reduced data collection costs, improved asset life management, reduction in unnecessary site visits, enhancement of personnel safety and improved security for remote access.

"We are delighted National Grid chose RuggedCom to supply the equipment and provide the installation and commissioning services for the RAMM project," said Marzio Pozzuoli, President and CEO of RuggedCom. "Our willingness to modify our industry leading product offerings to achieve National Grid's desired solution was a key factor in our selection for this project. It's always a pleasure to work with such a knowledgeable customer."

"National Grid look forward to a successful working relationship with RuggedCom for the duration of the project and beyond," said Jonathan Eggleton, National Grid Global Procurement.

About National Grid:

National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We play a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to millions of people across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, reliable and safe manner. We believe the power of action can play a major role in safeguarding our global environment for future generations and tackling the effects of climate change, providing all our customers with the highest standards of service through network investment and through our talented, diverse workforce.

National Grid owns the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and operates the system across Great Britain. It also owns and operates the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain and its distribution business delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses.

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 designed for use in harsh environments such as those found in electrical power substations and "Smart Grids", intelligent transportation systems, industrial process control and military applications.

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