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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tropos - A Smart Grid Company to Watch in 2011!

Tropos was selected as one of the top 11 smart grid companies to watch in 2011 by Smart Grid News’ annual poll. This year is off to a strong start in so many ways! In addition to this recognition, we’ve made several other significant announcements about our successes in the smart grid market.

1) Tropos was selected by more utilities for their smart grid communications in 2010 – the list includes: Avista, Burbank Water and Power, City of Duncan, Glendale Water and Power, City of Naperville (announced today ) and Silicon Valley Power (expect several more customer announcements in the next few months).

2) Tropos introduced its New Distribution Automation Mesh Router that provides economical high performance connectivity for a wide range of legacy (DNP3) and IP distribution automation devices.

3) Tropos GridCom 2.0 network architecture for the Smart Grid - a blend of high performance network technologies with unified network management that delivers the most economical and complete communications for smart grid communications. It incorporates Mesh, PTP and PTMP network technologies that can be blended together and centrally managed by Tropos Control.

Expect more exciting news from Tropos in the coming year…this is just the beginning!


Thursday, January 20, 2011

What is Smart Grid 2.0?

I recently wrote an article published in PowerGrid International about the evolution of the smart grid market from what I call “Smart Grid 1.0” to “Smart Grid 2.0”. I characterize Smart Grid 1.0 as AMI centric which is where many utilities initiated their smart grid projects. So what’s next? I believe the next wave, Smart Grid 2.0, is all about automation of the distribution grid or Distribution Automation (DA). Why? It represents a huge opportunity for utilities to better control service quality and reliability, energy conservation, and asset utilization. Plus…DA is an application that does not touch the power customer directly so is less likely to run into some of the challenges experienced by many of the utilities rolling out smart meters.

From a network perspective, DA places far more stringent requirements than was required for Smart Grid 1.0. In my paper I outline these:
  • High reliability - 99.999%
  • Low latency - <20 milliseconds
  • Strong security
  • Centralized network visibility and control
  • Scalable to cost effectively connect millions of DA endpoints
Check out the article for more details.


5 Trends Driving Smart Grid Growth in 2011

We have identified five key smart grid trends that contributed to Tropos’ growth last year and we expect to continue to drive our market success in 2011 and beyond.  These trends are accelerating market growth and have been confirmed by many independent industry research analysts and the investment banking industry as well as by our utility customers.

1) Smart Grid Communications are Being Built as a Network of Networks

2) Distribution Automation Rollouts Will Significantly Increase

3) Private Networks Will continue to Dominate as the Network of Choice for Smart Grids

4) Distribution Area Networks are Being Architected to Aggregate Communications for Multiple Smart Grid Applications

5) Mesh Network Technologies Will Continue to be a Popular Architectural Choice for the Smart Grid

Check out the Tropos Newsletter for more details about these trends.