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Monday, April 11, 2011

KEMA – Smart Grid Communications Challenges

Check out a well-written paper by Mark Burke at KEMA about key challenges utilities face as they deploy smart grid communications. He cites the three key areas of concern utilities as -- security, reliability, and scalability. In addition, the paper highlights some of the new solutions and approaches utilities are taking to reduce these communications risks.
Tropos' strong security architecture and FIPS 140-2 certification mentioned as well as one of our customers, Glendale Water & Power!

The paper, “A Smarter Smart Grid - How to Plan and Deploy Your Communications Layer” was recently published in Public Utility Fortnightly’s e-newsletter, Spark.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Tropos’ Growth and Vision Acclaimed by Frost & Sullivan

More exciting news for Tropos! Recently we were selected to receive Frost & Sullivan’s “2011 Smart Grid Market Penetration Leadership Award”.  This award is presented to a company that experiences the fastest increase in market share within their industry. Last year, we achieved a phenomenal 41 percent growth in sales and 80 percent growth in bookings!

In a detailed report, Frost & Sullivan highlights our key performance drivers and achievements in the smart grid market.  "...The value proposition clearly resonates with utilities in the midst of planning and implementing smart grid networks and is therefore a major contributing factor to Tropos Networks' success in the smart grid market," according to Farah Saeed, analyst for Frost & Sullivan.

Some highlights from the research report include discussion of our competitive advantages:
  • Multi-use network – capable of aggregating communications for many smart grid applications (AMI backhaul, distribution automation, mobile workforce, and more) over a single economic communications foundation.
  • Scalable – a flexible and scalable network architecture that enables utilities to deploy an optimal blend of wireless technologies (mesh, point-to-point, point-to-multipoint), creating an overall network architecture that is resilient, high performance and economical.
  • Field-Proven – Tropos has achieved a 100 percent conversation rate of pilot tests with utilities.  Smart grid customers include Avista, Burbank Water and Power, City of Duncan, Glendale Water and Power, and Silicon Valley Power.
  • Partnerships – Tropos established strategic partnerships with smart grid ecosystem leaders including Itron, Elster, Honeywell, and ABB.
Check out more details about Tropos in Frost & Sullivan’s “Market Penetration Leadership Award, Smart Grid North America 2011” report.