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New Family of Intelligent Communications Products for the Smart Grid

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 6:13am
    CHICAGO, /PRNewswire/ -- S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of reliable electric power delivery, introduces the new IntelliCom™ family of wireless networking communications products. The IntelliCom product line further broadens S&C's communication solutions portfolio for the smart grid. These devices leverage distributed intelligence to help utilities better manage and utilize the data required to support applications ranging from AMI backhaul to time-critical distribution automation.

  "The IntelliCom platform enables S&C to offer our utility customers end-to-end solutions for their smart grid communication needs," says Ken Monro, S&C's Vice President—Communications Systems. "When these new communication solutions are combined with our SpeedNet™ Radio platform, which is optimized for low latency, peer-to-peer communications among smart-grid components, the result is a robust 'network of networks,' which is essential to support diverse applications."

Utilities are deploying an increasingly wide array of systems for the smart grid, each with its own unique communication needs. No single communication technology is capable of meeting these needs in a cost-effective manner. IntelliCom products, in combination with SpeedNet Radios, offer a versatile hybrid communication network architecture that can meet the requirements and is "future proof."

The new product line features IntelliCom™ WAN, a wireless high-speed wide-area networking router that combines ultra-high throughput-up to 400 Mbps-with extremely low latencies of less than one millisecond. IntelliCom WAN features 802.11n mesh radio architecture for maximum grid reliability, with multiband operation in the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz unlicensed bands as well as the 4.9-GHz municipal licensed band. This network architecture is self-forming and self-healing; communication is not inhibited by the loss of any single node. IntelliCom WAN offers FIPS 140-2 security compliance required by the U.S. Department of Defense for Homeland Security applications.

The IntelliCom family includes two additional products. IntelliCom™ LAN provides a wireless access point to high-speed wide-area networks such as IntelliCom WAN. IntelliCom™ CPE provides an interface to IntelliCom LAN for grid devices and mobile workforce access.


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