RuggedCom Introduces Compact Version of the RuggedBackbone(TM) RX1500 family
at IEEE PES T&D 2010

CONCORD, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has introduced a compact version of the RuggedBackbone(TM) RX1500 family of integrated layer 3 switching and routing devices. Announced during the IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, these new compact form factor products are ideally suited for Pole Top and DIN mount applications where cabinet space is at a premium.

The compact RuggedBackbone(TM) RX1500 family is comprised of the RX1510, RX1511 and RX1512 models which are cost-effective, utility grade, integrated layer 3 Ethernet switches and routers. The modular, hot-swappable platform allows customers to select a combination of DSL, cellular, T1/E1, DDS, serial and Ethernet options to obtain an optimal solution for each of their Smart Grid communication challenges. The RX1512 fits in a 5"x 6" x 7" form factor and is ideal for Pole Top applications where space is limited and advanced routing and switching features are required. The support of popular DSL and cellular communications technologies makes it ideal for Smart Grid applications such as AMI and SCADA using public networks.

"The RuggedBackbone(TM) RX1500 family is a flexible layer 3 modular platform that allows our customers to modify their hardware configurations in the field as their needs grow and change," explains Roger Moore, VP Engineering for RuggedCom. "These products provide utilities with the versatility they are demanding from their networks as they deploy Smart Grid applications."

The RX1510, RX1511 and RX1512 are all hardened to the RuggedRated(TM) specification providing a high level of immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and heavy electrical surges typical of the harsh environments found in many utility applications. An operating temperature range of -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C (-40 degrees F to +185 degrees F) allows the RuggedBackbone(TM) RX1500 family to be placed in almost any location.

RuggedCom is committed to expanding its product portfolio to provide customers with the most complete line of rugged communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments. The RuggedBackbone(TM) RX1510, RX1511, and RX1512 products join RuggedCom's existing substation hardened solutions that include: rugged routers, switches, wireless, security and network management products as well as a wide range of professional services, including consulting, network design, and training.

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About RuggedCom Inc.:

RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments. 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. For further information, please visit


For further information: For further information: For media or industry analyst support, please contact: Jamie Blakeley, Marketing Communications Coordinator, RuggedCom Inc., (905) 856-5288, 1-888-264-0006 toll free

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