Back in April 6, 2010, we announced that Avista, an investor owned utility based in Spokane, WA, with over 356,000 electric and 316,000 gas customers in the Northwest had selected Tropos’ GridCom™ for its Smart Grid distribution area communications network. The network was part of Avista’s Smart Circuits Project planned for the Spokane service area, designed to increase reliability and optimize the utility’s distribution area network.
It’s been 3 months since the announcement, and here, you can see how Tropos Routers are being deployed, step by step by a workman from Avista on a lamp-post: It’s nice to see some physical evidence of smart grid deployment! Check out Avista's blog for more details:
Watch a 30-second video of the Tropos router being installed!
This router is one of many deployed to enable the Tropos mesh network system that will deliver 24x7, real time communications between substation controllers and grid devices such as reclosers, switches and faulted circuit indicators. We'll keep you posted on the Smart Circuits Project as it progresses...!