Utilities are entering an exciting era where a truly Smart Grid can enable applications that never existed before
Waukesha, WI and Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) October 16, 2009
Trilliant Incorporated and Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), today announced the deployment of a jointly developed product, the SecureMesh™ Powerline Repeater, that enhances Smart Grid coverage at Hydro One in Ontario, Canada.
The SecureMesh Powerline Repeater serves as an intermediate wireless node in the SecureMesh Neighborhood Area Network (NAN) to relay messages to and from SecureMesh-enabled electric meters, gas meters, and in-building devices. The Repeater provides an easy way to increase the local density of mesh devices, reduce the range between devices, and improve overall SecureMesh NAN performance while at the same time offering additional flexibility in deployment capabilities.
The SecureMesh Powerline Repeater leverages Cooper's Energy Harvesting (EH) Power Supply, using a current transformer to power operation of a variety of radios and sensors through inductive coupling with the power line.
The SecureMesh Powerline Repeater combines Cooper Power's EH Power Supply technology and Trilliant's SecureMesh NAN radio into one integrated unit designed to improve a utility's radio coverage, mesh-network density, and communications reliability. Using the Cooper-patented clamp mechanism and spring-action current transformers, the Repeater can be installed on almost any power line, including energized lines. As a result, the device can be flexibly deployed based on communications and network connectivity requirements without being constrained by the availability of a 120-240VAC power source.
Installation of a SecureMesh Powerline Repeater is simple and economical, with no wires to connect and no special tools required. In cases that require the additional of a 120-240VAC supply crew installation time is reduced from hours to minutes.
"Utilities are entering an exciting era where a truly Smart Grid can enable applications that never existed before," said Mike Stoessl, group president, Cooper Power Systems. "Energy harvesting power supplies like the one deployed at Hydro One are an essential part of the Smart Grid and can be installed almost anywhere, significantly reducing the cost of deployment and maintenance while improving network performance."
According to Rob Conant, Senior Vice President Network Products at Trilliant: "In addition to fast, low-cost deployment and simple installation, the SecureMesh Powerline Repeater improves network performance and reliability by reducing the range between NAN nodes as well as increasing mesh density and the number of possible communication paths."
With more than 1 million smart devices deployed across its 640,000 square kilometer territory, Hydro One is one of the most advanced Smart Grid initiatives in the world.
About Trilliant Incorporated
Trilliant Incorporated provides hardware, software and service solutions that deliver on the promise of Advanced Metering and Smart Grid to utilities and their customers including improved energy efficiency, grid reliability, lower operating cost, and integration of renewable energy resources. Since its original founding in 1985, Trilliant has been a leading innovator in the delivery and implementation of energy management systems, including advanced utility wireless data collection for residential and commercial customers, demand response, time-of-use billing, and critical peak pricing initiatives. Trilliant currently has more than 200 utility customers including Hydro One, the single-largest Smart Grid implementation in North America. For more information please visit http://www.trilliantinc.com.
About Cooper Power Systems
Cooper Power Systems, Inc., with 2008 revenues of approximately $1.4 billion, is a division of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE). Cooper Power Systems is a global manufacturer of world-class power delivery and reliability solutions for the electrical and industrial markets. Through its Energy Automations Solutions group, it is also a leading provider of software, communications and integration solutions that enable customers to increase productivity, improve system reliability, and reduce costs. For more information, please visit http://www.cooperpower.com or http://www.cooperpowereas.com.
About Cooper Industries
Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) is a global manufacturer with 2008 revenues of $6.5 billion, approximately 88% of which are from electrical products. Founded in 1833, Cooper's sustained level of success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation, evolving business practices while maintaining the highest ethical standards, and meeting customer needs. The Company has eight operating divisions with leading market share positions and world-class products and brands including: Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2008, sixty-one percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and thirty-seven percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2008. For more information, visit the website at http://www.cooperindustries.com.
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