Glendale Water and Power picks Tropos GridCom for smart grid initiative

Sunnyvale, Calif., April 13, 2010 — Glendale Water and Power and Tropos Networks announced today that Tropos’ GridCom architecture has been selected as a core element of GWP’s Smart Grid Initiative.

GridComT is based upon Tropos‘ wireless broadband mesh network system and will be used as the utility’s private distribution area network to deliver high-speed communications between the utility, utility applications and utility customers.

Investments in GWP’s Smart Grid Initiative total $51 million, $20 million of which is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The DOE smart grid funding has enabled GWP to accelerate its implementation and expand the project scope, which will eventually include other smart grid applications such as distribution automation and power outage management.

The Initiative will help GWP provide its customers with real-time access to their power usage to help them conserve energy and save on bills. To reduce water loss, leak detection sensors will be installed across GWP’s entire water system enabling 24 x 7 monitoring.

“The high throughput, extremely low latency and network security features of the Tropos network enables it to provide secure communications for multiple smart grid applications,” said Craig Kuennen, GWP Project Sponsor. “It will enable us to extend the system way beyond meter reading and help us build our vision of Glendale’s smart grid — a power system which can automatically balance power supply and demand, conserve and optimize resources, reduce our carbon footprint, and reduce cost for our customers.”

The smart meter portion of GWP’s Smart Grid Initiative includes replacement of 84,500 electric and 33,400 water meters with smart meters.

For electric meters, Itron‘s smart grid local area network technologies, part of its OpenWay smart grid platform, will be used. For water meters, Water SaveSourceT, Itron’s advanced water metering and leak detection solution has been selected.



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