Recently RuggedCom, Inc., a Canada-based designer and manufacturer of ruggedized communications equipment, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase WiNetworks,Inc.
RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments such as those found in electrical power substations, oil refineries, military applications, roadside traffic control cabinets and metals and minerals processing.
WiNetworks,Inc. was an innovative provider of unique WiMAX systems built according to the 802.16e mobile WiMAX Wave 2 (MIMO) standard.WiNetwork’s Win-Max™ systems offer a full range of products including the Compact base station, Pico base station, and Customer Premise Equipment (CPEs). Win-Max systems are standards-based products supporting mobile, portable and fixed mobile WiMAX.Founded in 2004, WiNetworks was a principle member of the WiMAX Forum.
RuggedCom will continue to support all WiNetworks products, marketed under the product family name RuggedMAX™.
RuggedCom is well positioned to capitalize on emerging trends within the rugged communications industry, including the growing worldwide demand for IP-based communications networks suitable for harsh environments and the global initiative to integrate communications networks with electric power grids, known as ‘‘Smart Grid’’.
The term ‘‘Smart Grid’’ refers to the integration of communications networks with the power grid allowing real time information, monitoring and power exchange status and allows for operator or automatic intervention, when necessary, to maintain the network.
The movement to integrate WiMAX into the latest smart-grid gear is growing. GE and Intel have developed a WiMAX-based smart meter and smart modem reference designs, for use in GE’s advanced meter and modem product family bundled with GridNet’s PolicyNet software.
GridNet has been working closely with its technology partners GE Energy, Clearwire, Intel, and Motorola to develop secure, standards-based, and scalable WiMAX smart grid network solutions for utilities.
Alvarion has also been working on WiMAX-based smart-grid devices that can help a utility regulate power and stop a power supply in the event of an emergency.
It seems in the near future we will see more WiMAX company started moving to integrate WiMAX into Smart Grid solutions.
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