S&C Introduces Intelligent Communications Products

February 23, 2011

The IntelliCom family of wireless networking products are intended to provide utilities with a hybrid communication network architecture for the Smart Grid.

CHICAGO, IL /PRNewswire/ -- S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of reliable electric power delivery, introduces the new IntelliCom family of wireless networking communications products. The IntelliCom product line further broadens S&C's communication solutions portfolio for the smart grid. These devices leverage distributed intelligence to help utilities better manage and utilize the data required to support applications ranging from AMI backhaul to time-critical distribution automation.

"The IntelliCom platform enables S&C to offer our utility customers end-to-end solutions for their smart grid communication needs," says Ken Monro, S&C's Vice President—Communications Systems. "When these new communication solutions are combined with our SpeedNet Radio platform, which is optimized for low latency, peer-to-peer communications among smart-grid components, the result is a robust 'network of networks,' which is essential to support diverse applications."

Utilities are deploying an increasingly wide array of systems for the smart grid, each with its own unique communication needs. No single communication technology is capable of meeting these needs in a cost-effective manner. IntelliCom products, in combination with SpeedNet Radios, offer a versatile hybrid communication network architecture that can meet the requirements and is "future proof."

The new product line features IntelliCom WAN, a wireless high-speed wide-area networking router that combines ultra-high throughput-up to 400 Mbps-with extremely low latencies of less than one millisecond. IntelliCom WAN features 802.11n mesh radio architecture for maximum grid reliability, with multiband operation in the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz unlicensed bands as well as the 4.9-GHz municipal licensed band. This network architecture is self-forming and self-healing; communication is not inhibited by the loss of any single node. IntelliCom WAN offers FIPS 140-2 security compliance required by the U.S. Department of Defense for Homeland Security applications.

The IntelliCom family includes two additional products. IntelliCom LAN provides a wireless access point to high-speed wide-area networks such as IntelliCom WAN. IntelliCom CPE provides an interface to IntelliCom LAN for grid devices and mobile workforce access.

About S&C Electric Company
S&C, headquartered in Chicago, IL, is applying its heritage of innovation to address challenges facing the world's power grids and is thus shaping the future of reliable electricity delivery. The mission of employee-owned S&C is to continually develop new solutions for electricity delivery, fostering the improved efficiency and reliability required for the intelligent grid.

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