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Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) selects RuggedCom for the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP)

CONCORD, ON, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a leading designer and manufacturer of industrial strength networks for mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has been selected to provide Central Maine Power Company (CMP) with a communication solution for the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP).

The initiative aims to modernize their 40-year-old bulk power system, which spans across 11,000 square-miles. The project includes the construction of five new substations, upgrades to more than 40 existing substations and installation of nearly 440 miles of transmission line in 75 communities.

RuggedCom's RuggedBackbone™ RX5000, was specified as a high-density, layer 2 Ethernet switch for primary and backup protection for the IEC 61850 compliant substations. Another member of the RuggedBackbone family, the RX1500, will be integrated into the substation network as a layer 3 router with firewall and VPN services.

CMP also specified RuggedCom's secure access management solution, CrossBow™ for NERC CIP compliant access to intelligent electronic devices (IEDs). The CrossBow™ solution focuses on delivering productivity gains for administrators and users while achieving full NERC compliance in managing, securing and reporting on remote access.

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 smartgrids.

For more information, visit www.ruggedcom.com or follow us on Twitter: @RuggedCom.

About Central Maine Power Company
Central Maine Power Company (CMP) delivers over 9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity yearly to more than 600,000 retail electric customers in central and southern Maine.  CMP's 11,000-square-mile service area is larger than the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined. It contains about 78 percent of Maine's population and major commercial and manufacturing centers.

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