Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 15, 2010 – Glendale Water & Power (GWP) has selected IP broadband mesh network system provider Tropos Networks’ GridCom architecture as a core element of its smart grid initiative.
GridCom™ is based upon Tropos’ wireless broadband mesh network system and will be used as the utility’s private distribution area network to deliver high speed communications between the utility, utility applications and customers.
GWP’s smart grid initiative will help the company provide its customers with real time access to their power usage to help them conserve energy and save on bills. To reduce water loss, leak detection sensors will be installed across GWP’s entire water system enabling 24 x 7 monitoring.
“The high throughput, extremely low latency and network security features of the Tropos network enables it to provide secure communications for multiple smart grid applications,” said Craig Kuennen, GWP project sponsor. “It will enable us to extend the system way beyond meter reading and help us build our vision of Glendale’s smart grid – a power system which can automatically balance power supply and demand, conserve and optimize resources, reduce our carbon footprint, and reduce cost for our customers.”
The smart meter portion of GWP’s smart grid initiative includes replacement of 84,500 electric and 33,400 water meters with smart meters. Tropos’ GridCom will be deployed as the utility’s private distribution area network for reliable, ubiquitous wireless communications across the 30 square miles of the service area and is a foundation upon which GWP can build additional smart grid applications. Combined, this architecture will facilitate high speed, secure communications between GWP and individual customer’s smart meters.
The initiative will be implemented in phases, with the first smart meters having just been installed.
“We are pleased GridCom has been selected by GWP as a key building block of their smart grid communications foundation and we look forward to supporting their efforts to rollout smart meters and a plethora of other applications that will improve the utility’s ability to deliver reliable power and water to the community,” said Tom Ayers, president and CEO, Tropos Networks.