Aclara allies with Firetide to develop wireless network for utilities

Cleveland, September 16, 2009 – Aclara, a utility solutions group, formed an alliance with Firetide Inc., a provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks. Aclara is developing a wide-area network for utilities based in part on Firetide’s technology.

The Aclara Smart Communications Network is a high-bandwidth, Ethernet-based, wireless, broadband solution that will employ TCP/IP communication protocols as well as IEEE 802.11 technology for wireless communications.

Designed for electric utilities, the solution will bring together existing assets and applications into a single network, replacing multiple low-to-medium bandwidth systems that now communicate data to utilities.

The Aclara Smart Communications Network provides an ideal interface to utility and IT resources and back-office applications for SCADA control and monitoring systems, advanced metering infrastructure, home-area networks, and mobile workforce applications.

Firetide is providing the multiple input multiple output 802.11n radio technology as well as the network management software required for the Aclara solution to communicate in mesh, point-to-point, or point-to-multipoint modes over 900 MHz or 2.4/5.8 GHz frequencies.

Firetide solutions are now used by many municipalities and businesses to stream video from security cameras, as well as voice and data for enterprise applications. The technology supports throughput of 1Mb/s to 300 Mb/s in outdoor environments, making it perfectly suited to handle utility distribution applications.

The Firetide technology supports the Aclara Smart Communication Network, and enables an ethernet-based solution that will encourage utilities to take a top-down approach to managing data communications.

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