GridCom architecture enables full range of smart grid systems over single IP network


Tom Ayers,
President & CEO,
Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 15, 2009 – Large scale outdoor wireless IP broadband mesh network provider Tropos Networks has introduced its GridCom architecture for building a wide area aggregation network for smart grid communications utilizing open standard radios.

To fully achieve the vision of a smart grid, a broadband network is required that creates a solid foundation upon which multiple smart grid systems can be deployed. The GridCom architecture delivers a resilient, scalable, high performance, and secure foundation for aggregating wide area smart grid communications.

The foundation for GridCom is field proven technology that includes Tropos’ outdoor optimized router, the patented Mesh OS built from the ground-up for large scale, mission critical outdoor network deployments, and a carrier class centralized management and control system. As a standards-based architecture, GridCom seamlessly extends the utility’s existing enterprise network and systems to provide coverage across large geographical areas, enabling multiple smart grid applications over a single network.

“For Tropos, expansion into the smart grid market is a logical step and builds upon our technology and eight years of experience in building products used for mission critical large scale outdoor wireless deployments,” said Tom Ayers, president and CEO of Tropos. “Smart grids are a great opportunity for us to deliver our field-proven solutions into a new high-growth market.”

Tropos has also established relationships with several smart metering and system vendors, including Itron, Echelon, and Elster. These vendors are working with Tropos on several fronts including interoperability validation, solution development, and joint marketing efforts for smart metering and other applications that utilities can leverage to create a multi-application business case.