Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad taps FreeWave for smart grid project


Mexico City and Boulder, CO, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — December 15, 2011 – Mexico’s state power utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has selected FreeWave Technologies’ radio solutions for wireless data radio applications such as power consumption and substation monitoring, as well as control and monitoring of power networks.

CFE is currently is using FreeWave’s FGR2-PE, FGR115-RC and HTPlus wireless data radios in nine of the 16 divisions throughout Mexico.

Some of the networks are installed in heavily populated cities, such as Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara, where the RF noise and line of sight can potentially cause major issues with wireless communications. However, with FreeWave’s network design and flexibility, the radios achieve optimal communication, even with skyscrapers, tree coverage and high RF noise levels. The radios also were relied upon for data transmission in a wide range of geographical areas, spanning from the big cities to remote locations in the mountains and desert.

“FreeWave’s Ethernet models, the FGR2-PE and HTPlus, let us manage serial and Ethernet devices at the same time,” said Mario Granados Villareal, engineer at CFE. “This allows us to incorporate all the data coming from the radios to the LAN networks, which not only saves time, but allows our entire communications network to operate seamlessly.”