TUNet, the Tantalus Utility Network, is an end-to-end WAN/LAN/HAN communications system that operates with 220 MHz RF, 900 MHz, and IP-based networks including Fiber, WiMAX and GPRS/cellular
Fulton Utility Superintendent Darrell Dunlap says, “One thing we see as very important in developing our Smart Grid is the communication reliability. All the staff felt Tantalus was the best system for that. This system will give our energy trader the right information at the right time to make cost-imperative decisions.”
City Administrator, Bill Johnson, reports, “Once we questioned other venders on their ‘TruPush’ capabilities it became apparent why Tantalus’ unique communications would allow us to achieve our operational savings through strict management to our day ahead forecast numbers with MISO and allow us to manage other municipal energy assets through real time back-office integration maximizing our revenue potential. For an integrated municipal utility this is key to providing responsible cost control for our city businesses and residents.”
In doing their due diligence, Fulton staff visited Tantalus deployments in Norwich, Connecticut, and Pulaski, Tennessee, where the Fulton staff was swayed by Tantalus’ powerful communications solution and ease of deployment.
Former mayor Charles Latham, who was involved in the selection process, adds: “Right now this technology is so new (it’s like) we’re deciding if we want to go with Macintosh or Apple. The gee-whiz gadgets will always come and go, but you’ll always need communication for those gee whiz gadgets.”
Tantalus’ ability to transition the network to fiber future proofs smart gird networks by allowing utilities to leverage operational benefits now and to later take advantage of emerging communications networks.
Tantalus provides two-way, real-time data communications networks to monitor and control electric, gas and water utilities. For more information, visit www.tantalus.com.