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Friday, June 12, 2009

Milestone Reached in FIPS Certification Process!

Tropos fixed and mobile routers as well as network management system have moved into the "Review Pending" stage of FIPS certification. What does this mean? Basically we have completed FIPS 140-2 compliance testing with an outside lab and submitted those reports to NIST for review.

Why is FIPS important? FIPS 140-2 certification is a requirement of some customers for applications where a higher level of security is dictated -- typically federal and military but the requirement is being adopted for other applications as well. To achieve such compliance requires the vendor's software comply to specific security algorithms as well as meet hardware requirements. Its no small feat but will better assure the security of the entire network.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Smart Networks - Key to Building Smart Grids

It was refreshing over the past few days to see and hear the market positive reaction since Trilliant’s announced acquisition of SkyPilot. I think this is a very clear statement from an established AMI vendor as to the smart grid market requirement for a complete communication strategy to augment good metering products. This combination of products and networks is required to build the right type of resilient, secure, standards-based foundation for operating the wide range of smart grid applications and systems.

I’m at the Utility Telecom Council conference today and it has been exciting to hear from both utilities and vendors that get the significant value in Tropos’ GridCom strategy. GridCom interest is continuing to grow and has garnered significant attention from vendors and utilities alike as they start to assess the importance of building a strong foundation for real time, two-way smart grid communications.

As today’s keynote speaker, Rusty Williams, UTC's Chairman of the Board and Manager of Information Systems Planning and Engineering for Southern Company Services told the audience, “Smart networks are a tool for improving the entire power industry, not just metering.”