New York, NY, April 17, 2006 — Arcadian Networks Inc., a telecommunications carrier, has rolled out the nation’s first private, secure wireless data communication network for utilities and other “dispersed-asset” industries.
Arcadian Networks will provide its clients with access to broadband coverage in the 700-megahertz range, enabling them to collect, monitor and respond to mission-critical data in a real-time. Arcadian Networks service is available in 23 states. Arcadian Networks is funded by Goldman, Sachs and Co. and Gilo Ventures.
As a wireless carrier, Arcadian Networks’ licensed 700-megahertz spectrum provides its clients operational capabilities via the company’s broadband network. The company’s offering is designed to reduce operational costs and increase productivity by enabling real-time monitoring, control of operations, field services and management applications.
Industries that will use the network include electric, oil, gas, water and other base infrastructure utilities, governmental agencies and mining and environmental organizations. When these industries build out their data networks in rural areas, they often have a low density of users/sites serving a large territory and therefore a diseconomy of scale.
Arcadian Networks’ core solution provides an integrated wireless broadband network with equipment and licensed spectrum for operational and mission critical applications such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), security surveillance, voice over internet protocol (VOIP), control area operations, automatic meter reading (AMR) and workforce management.
The service allows utilities and dispersed assets industries to maintain their existing communication infrastructure while upgrading to an IP-based communications network. Arcadian Networks is the first carrier to provide a secure two-way private licensed broadband radio spectrum to substations, feeders and meter sites, allowing utilities to monitor mission-critical assets in real-time, detect problems proactively and respond to the growing security requirements of their facilities and assets.
Initial Network Build-out
Great River Energy is Arcadian Networks’ anchor tenant in Minnesota. A not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative, Great River Energy provides wholesale electric service to 28 distribution cooperatives serving about 1.7 million people in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“Our approach at Great River Energy is to find great opportunities that create value for our members by leveraging our assets,” said David Saggau, chief executive officer, Great River Energy. “Arcadian Networks’ business model is unique because it solves real problems faced by many utility companies that don’t get a lot of visibility. We all talk about the same challenges in this industry – geography and the need to manage highly dispersed assets, aging communications systems, security and cost. Arcadian Networks has created an offering that can have an immediate and significant impact for Great River Energy and regional entities with similar needs. They are our partner in bringing an improved service level to customers throughout our service area.”