May 25, 2010 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
Solution will provide long-range IP-based wireless communications backhaul for smart metering and distribution automation for electric power utility companiesRuggedCom Inc. (TSX:RCM), a leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments and Itron Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI), a leading technology provider to the global energy and water industries, announced today a partnership that will expand the scope of both companies' Smart Grid offerings. RuggedMAX(TM), an IEEE 802.16-2005 (WiMAX 802.16e) certified solution, will be integrated into Itron's OpenWay(R) smart metering solution as an additional WiMAX backhaul communications option for utilities. RuggedMAX(TM) recently passed interoperability and communications testing with OpenWay.
RuggedCom's utility-grade, flexible RuggedMAX(TM) solution provides high-speed, secure, prioritized, and long-range broadband wireless connectivity. It offers fixed and mobile connectivity - where permitted by FCC and Industry
Itron smart grid technologies are demonstrating how built-in, high-speed two-way communications give consumers more information about their energy usage, allow utilities to offer their customers greater choice in rate plans, and provide higher reliability at lower cost.
"The collaboration with Itron is part of our commitment to work with leading providers of Smart Grid solutions in the areas of AMI and DA," explains Elik Jaeger, Vice President RuggedWIRELESS for RuggedCom. "RuggedMAX(TM) is a, utility grade, standards-based solution that has been designed to meet the unique needs of utility customers. Solutions implemented today using RuggedMAX(TM) will allow utilities to add additional features and functionality in the future."
RuggedMAX(TM) is a high-performance, long range, secure family of products fully compliant with the WiMAX 802.16e Wave 2 (MIMO) mobile broadband wireless standard. RuggedMAX(TM) is designed to extend IP networks over large distances to fixed and mobile users. The product family includes a variety of base stations and subscriber stations with differing output power, form factors and frequency options for use in licensed or license exempt bands. The RuggedMAX(TM) product family has gone through extensive end to end network interoperability testing to support multiple different ASN gateway platforms and 3rd party subscriber devices in order to give customers flexibility by leveraging the full WiMAX ecosystem. RuggedMAX(TM) with its compact form factor and flexible configuration is ideal for use in mission critical private networks.
RuggedMAX(TM) WiMAX technology creates a reliable, high-performance communications infrastructure enabling a high-performance Smart Grid.
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 www.RuggedCom.com.