ABB is honored to be chosen by the editors of Smart Grid News, the insider's guide to the digitization of the electric grid, as one of the "Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2016." This honor offers further validation that ABB is a proven and trusted solution provider, delivering the bigger picture to utilities needing to deploy successful automated operations that meet the five major electricity requirements of the global society: capacity, reliability, efficiency, security and sustainability.
Per Smart Grid News, "This year's selections are an interesting mix of security, energy storage, data analytics, the Internet of Things, and even a utility. Regardless of their differences, all share commonality from a strong spirit of innovation to an unwavering commitment to positively impacting the energy industry of the future."
Through our synergies with ABB Enterprise Software, as well as the ABB Smart Grid Center of Excellence, ABB deploys the foundation of the smart grid – two-way communications and IT/OT convergence – at the highest levels of performance. By developing interconnected solutions, ABB provides cohesion across the energy planning and operational lifecycle, helping utilities make smarter energy investment decisions, plan operations properly, and efficiently control the grid in real-time.
For our part, within the last year, we enriched our portfolio with several utility-specific product launches: ArcheOS, TropOS 6420, and SuprOS 8.3. ArcheOS is significant technology because it allows utilities to create long-distance, non-line-of-sight communication links to remote substations and other isolated assets – a relevant and necessary offering as more telcos raise leased line prices and discontinue leased line services, forcing utilities to find alternatives. Our launch of the TropOS 6420, an outdoor broadband mesh router designed to enhance physical security applications in electric utility T&D substations, was a timely endeavor given recent high-profile vandalism and sabotage events. In February, we launched SuprOS 8.3, a powerful and innovative communication network management system that manages all of ABB’s wired and wireless technologies from one pane of glass.
To reiterate the sentiment of ABB Vice President of Smart Grids, North America, Gary Rackliffe, this recognition means a great deal to ABB – a strong infrastructure will ensure future success! We couldn’t agree more. We’re pleased to share this exciting news with all of you.
For additional information, visit the ABB Smart Grid portal at: http://new.abb.com/smartgrids