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Next generation smart grid platform released in US

US firm set to lead the next phase of smarter grid deployments with new system

Grid Net says expects to lead the next phase of smarter grid deployments
With its new operating system, Grid Net expects to lead the next phase of smarter grid deployments

US firm Grid Net has released the next generation of its smart technology for advanced grid operations. With the new operating system, the firm has said it expects to lead the next phase of smarter grid deployments

The US firm has released the next generation of its Machine-to-Machine Network Operating System for the Smarter Grid along with a host of applications for advanced grid operations. These include advanced metering (AMI), demand response load control (DRLC), distribution monitoring and control, and premise area networking.

The new operating system is purpose-built to take advantage of the three biggest trends reshaping the industry today, said John W. Combs, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.

These are the move to leverage cellular data networks, the push to deploy more and higher value applications, and “the need to do flexible deployments that show immediate returns and deliver lasting value”, he said.

“We started building our platform for IP-based broadband networks five years ago, have proven our technology with aggressive customer deployments, and are poised to lead the next phase of smarter grid deployments.”

Cellular data networks are “ubiquitous, reliable, and highly-capable” and therefore “the ideal communications infrastructure for the distribution grid”, he said. Devices and applications such as AMI and DRLC can be deployed whenever and wherever they add value.

“Not only do multiple applications work in concert on each device, they also work in unison across the entire grid,” the firm said. “This is the promise of the smarter grid.” Moreover, optimized use of network resources ensures that communications costs are “only pennies per device per month.”

Significantly, unlike mesh-based systems, there’s no need to build a stand-alone network infrastructure.

“Plug in a Grid Net-enabled device and it begins transmitting valuable information immediately,” the firm said. “Mesh-based systems are the equivalent of AOL dialup in an always-on broadband world. Cellular data plans are comparable to cost of mesh now, but with 10x performance and capabilities.”