Tantalus picked by BVU for fiber based smart grid

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Raleigh, N.C., July 7, 2010 — BVU is the ninth Tennessee Valley Authority electric distributor to use Tantalus as its smart grid communications platform, and the fourth straight utility-owned broadband provider in the region to select the technology.

Tantalus Systems Inc. will provide BVU with a smart grid solution that operates over OptiNet, the Fiber to the Home network deployed by the city in 2003.

OptiNet offers high-speed, high-capacity connectivity to the utility’s 16,000 electric and 8,000 water accounts located in the City of Bristol as well as to customers at the farthest ends of its southwest Virginia service area.

“The pace of smart grid deployments in the Tennessee Valley is like nowhere else,” said Eric Murray, Tantalus’ President & CEO. “Our technology is proving to be a perfect fit for utilities like Bristol that serve both urban and rural customers, whether they use a wired system, a wireless system, or a combination of the two.”

“The frequency of data transactions is increasing by orders of magnitude,” added Murray. “A utility must be certain that network efficiency will not diminish as traffic skyrockets. In addition to a high capacity, low latency backbone network, it’s equally important that there are no congestion points on the local area network.”

The wireless Tantalus LAN is designed so data moves efficiently between the utility and every endpoint, regardless of whether a premise is connected directly to the FTTH network. This configuration ensures a smooth evolution as time-of-use pricing, load shedding, customer signalling and advanced distribution automation applications become more prevalent.

Broadband is credited for breathing new life into the region, according to Wes Rosenbalm, BVU’s President and CEO. “Here, triple-play has translated into high-paying jobs, incredible educational opportunities and a local economy built to thrive during tough times.”


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