Tropos Networks, the best-of-breed provider of private wireless IP broadband networks for the smart grid today announced that The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (KCBPU) has selected Tropos GridCom as its communications infrastructure for aggregating multiple smart grid applications across 127 square miles of service territory.
Avista will use Tropos Networks and Itron’s jointly developed Smart Grid solution as part of the $38 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project in the city of Pullman, Washington, and the nearby community of Albion. The project, according to Avista, is designed to “increase system reliability and reduce outage time, incorporate renewable energy sources, and provide customers with more tools and information to monitor their energy usage.” To fulfill those goals, Avista is deploying an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid communications, and distribution automation (DA) devices.
Detroit Edison (DTE Energy), which services more than two million electric customers in Southeastern Michigan, has selected solutions from Itron and Tropos for its $168 million SmartCurrents project, the utility’s first smart grid program designed to modernize the electric grid, improving distribution system reliability and efficiency, and empowering electric customers with more information about their power usage.
Tropos Networks, which provide wireless IP broadband networks for the smart grid, has introduced new fixed mesh and mobile mesh routers that support the 4.9 GHz spectrum. Tropos products give utilities more options for smart grid communications along with an economical choice should they select to use licensed spectrum. That’s important because currently, licensed spectrum choices often have limitations such as narrow spectrum availability and poor performance characteristics.
Ron Sege, former president and chief operating officer of 3Com, has been appointed president and CEO of Echelon and is also joining the company’s board of directors. Estimated to be worth $100 million, Echelon, specializes in smart grid technology.
Five new members have joined the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG). The new members are Cisco, Cooper Power Systems, Tropos Networks, Grid Net, and U-SNAP Alliance. DRSG provides products and services in the areas of demand response and smart grid technologies and practices.
Investor-owned utility Avista has selected Tropos Networks’ GridCom, an IP broadband mesh network system, for its Smart Grid distribution area communications network. Avista serves over 356,000 electric and 316,000 gas customers across 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and Oregon.