Sierra Wireless demonstrates intelligent edge technology for smart grids at DistribuTECH 2019

NEW ORLEANS-a provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has joined with Duke Energy and Open Energy Solutions (OES) to announce they have developed a next-generation intelligent edge platform to run more complex, centrally managed and containerized edge applications.

This ratified architecture, which enables more resilient, efficient and secure smart grids, will be demonstrated at DistribuTECH 2019, Feb. 5-7, in Sierra Wireless’ booth #719.

The robust edge platform leverages Sierra Wireless AirLink® cellular gateways and pioneering work by the Duke Energy Emerging Technology Office (ETO) on the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) standard to provide more decision-making capabilities at the edge, interoperability between the various smart grid elements and faster decision making.

Dr. Stuart Laval, Director of Technology, Duke Energy, said, “Sierra Wireless has been a valued partner to Duke Energy for many years, providing critical connectivity and leading IoT grid communication technology. This joint collaboration will leverage a ratified, robust networking platform with faster edge processing capabilities to enable next-generation applications, including advanced distribution automation and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) integration that are key to delivering on the future of smart grids.”

Sierra Wireless AirLink gateways and operating software provide the critical, secure LTE networking and edge processing capabilities required to securely deploy, connect and manage third party applications for the grid. The Sierra Wireless platform is based on open standards, enabling more application and grid solution providers to deploy a variety of innovative solutions using AirLink gateways that help utilities manage the smart grids of the future by:

“- Enhancing situational awareness for faster response times and service restoration;

“- Integrating Distributed Energy Resource (DER) and Microgrids more efficiently; and

“- Improving security and interoperability for existing grid equipment and infrastructure.

Tom Mueller, Vice President, Product Line Management, Sierra Wireless, said, “The distributed grids of the future will rely on intelligent edge processing to provide uninterrupted service, while bridging old and new technologies. As the leading provider of gateways to the energy sector, we’re excited to build on our track record with Duke Energy of delivering new technologies that improve grid operations.”

Come and experience the innovation. Sierra Wireless, Duke Energy and OES will feature a live demonstration and an in-booth presentation, How Cellular IoT and Intelligent Edge Enables a More Efficient and Reliable Grid, at DistribuTECH in the Sierra Wireless booth #719. Presentation times: Feb 5 @ 11:15am, Feb 6 @ 1:15pm, Feb 7 @ 11:15am. For more information and to reserve your seat, visit

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