There is no mistaking that SCADA (traditional control networks for utilities) is under assault. Over the past several years, wireless IP-based communication networks have proven to be worthy for distribution automation applications.
Swiss power giant ABB plans to acquire wireless mesh networking company Tropos Networks, the companies announced on Friday.
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Itron and Tropos Networks say they can roll smart meter neighborhood networks and backhaul networks into one system, and they’ve landed Michigan utility DTE to try it out.
Can the municipal Wi-Fi concept make the leap to all-inclusive smart grid communications solution? Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Tropos Networks is trying it out, and unveiled new products and networking architecture Monday morning for everything from super-fast distribution automation gear to millions of smart meters.
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While the debate between using public and private networks for utility smart grids rages on, here’s the perspective of Tropos’ co-founder: Most utility smart grid needs will be fulfilled by private networks, but there is still an important role for public cellular networks to play.
You might remember Tropos back when building city wide Wi-Fi networks was all the rage. But more recently Tropos has been angling for a piece of the smart grid, and is using its history working with cities to help deliver those deals.
Thanks to the iPad, expect to see a lot more written about Wi-Fi for a few days. The still unattainable device (you can buy one in late March) is already being credited for bringing back the importance of fixed broadband networks as backhaul for Wi-Fi networks.