Grid Net expands software platform to support 3G public cellular smart grid deployments

Grid Net expands software platform to support 3G public cellular smart grid deployments

Greentech Lead America: Grid Net, a cellular smart grid software company, announced that it has extended its software platform and added a wide range of new features to support 3G public cellular smart grid deployments.

The Grid Net Platform v2.7 brings compelling performance and feature functionality to both telecom carriers and utilities.

Grid Net claims that the new Grid Net Platform is a centrally-managed, highly-distributed smart grid network operating system. It will support more point-to-point public and private broadband networks including 4G WiMAX, 4G LTE, Ethernet over Fiber Optic, and 3G UMTS and EVDO CDMA cellular than any other smart grid platform in market today.

“Grid Net pioneered the cellular smart grid model in 2008 with our first private 4G WiMAX deployment at SP AusNet. Over time, as component prices and bandwidth costs decreased, both telecom carriers and utilities signaled a willingness to move forward with 3G cellular public networks.

It is a significant challenge to create a secure and cost effective smart grid over public networks, but we have done it with v2.7, our most advanced cellular smart grid innovation to date,” said John W. Combs, chairman and CEO of Grid Net.

The Grid Net Platform v2.7 provides powerful and configurable tools to optimize massively scalable cellular network access and admission control, control signaling, content distribution, communications network health and service restoration, and power distribution service restoration.
The Grid Net Platform v2.7 features content distribution optimization and control.

The Grid Net Platform v2.7 significantly reduces bandwidth usage by providing secure, digitally-signed differential firmware upgrades.
The Grid Net Platform v2.7 provides powerful control for operators to distribute content like firmware upgrades (differential or monolithic) during off-peak times.

The Grid Net Platform v2.7 also provides Grid Net-enabled devices with configurable network connectivity models to prevent unnecessary network resource consumption. All non-essential traffic may be scheduled according to resource availability and priority.

“The Grid Net Platform v2.7 provides telecom carriers with the most effective means to monetize their cellular network investments by increasing device density and optimizing resource utilization. It also provides utilities with the highest performance network and most competitive access costs by minimizing network traffic and pushing non-critical operations to off-peak times,” added Combs.

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