CONCORD, ON, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a leading designer and manufacturer of utility grade Ethernet and 4G wireless broadband networks for mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has been selected as a key partner of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), participating in the organization's regional Smart Grid Demonstration Project (SGDP).
The project aims to demonstrate the reliability, efficiency and cost benefits of a smarter grid to cooperative members. Participating cooperatives will deploy more than 250,000 pieces of equipment across 12 states, including communication infrastructure and SCADA.
"RuggedCom is pleased to be involved in the Smart Grid Demonstration Project and we are confident that our products will support NRECA's objective of improving reliability," says Marzio Pozzuoli, President and CEO, RuggedCom.
About RuggedCom Inc.
RuggedCom is a leading provider of utility grade 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 electric power substations and "Smart Grids".
NRECA is the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit electric cooperatives, municipals and public power districts. NRECA's members provide electricity to approximately 42 million consumers in 47 states and sell approximately twelve percent of all electric energy sold in the United States.