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BC Hydro selects RuggedCom RuggedMAX WiMAX for smart grid deployment


February 5, 2011
By Anthony Capkun

February 05, 2011

RuggedCom Inc., a designer and manufacturer of rugged communications networking solutions, says it has been selected as a supplier for BC Hydro’s WAN pilot project. The project will run through March 2011, and successful deployment will extend the supply agreement for an additional two to three years.

BC Hydro is deploying the WiMAX WAN field trial in the Burnaby/Richmond
area and the Gulf Islands of the Lower Mainland. The purpose of the
field trial is to verify the suitability of WiMAX technology for BC
Hydro’s applications including:

• Distribution automation, such as the control and monitoring of reclosers, transformers and capacitor banks
• Site remote monitoring for alarms and video surveillance
• SCADA
• LAN connectivity
• Smart metering

“BC Hydro continues to be a thought leader in the proliferation of
communication technologies for grid automation applications,” said Elik
Jaeger, VP RuggedWireless. “We are delighted BC Hydro chose to work with
RuggedCom on this key Smart Grid infrastructure pilot project and look
forward to successful completion of the field trial and the future roll
out over the BC Hydro service territory.”

The pilot project is a multi-site live outdoor deployment and is
expected to last three months. The project will be deployed in the 1.8
GHz frequency band, set aside by Industry Canada for electric power
applications.


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