ABB expands its wireless communication networks portfolio for smart grids

ABB has announced an expanded wireless communication networks portfolio that meets the needs of utilities in the Middle East. The new products and software provide the high reliability, security and bandwidth required by modern utilities in today’s era of Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP).

In five years, there will be more than 50 billion connected devices, according to a recent report on the Internet of Things (IoT). This increasing ‘connectedness’ is driving both organizations and individuals to expect more flexibility and an up-to-date flow of information – even in the most demanding circumstances. Modern wireless field area communication networks are a key foundation for building smarter electric grids.

The wireless solution from ABB includes the TropOS, MicrOS, and ArcheOS product lines, all managed by the SuprOS communication network management system. SuprOS provides network-wide visualization tools for fault, configuration and performance management from a single console. It can manage thousands of communication network devices.

The new products and software increase reliability and manageability while reducing product and installation costs via functional integration. For example, the TropOS 2410 broadband mesh router provides an integrated Ethernet switch, GPS, and voltage and contact closure monitoring. Network security and availability is also enhanced through detection and notification of DoS (Denial of Service) attacks and jamming, plus failed login control, which is supported in TropOS Mesh OS 8.5, the TropOS broadband mesh router operating software, and the SuprOS 8.5 communication network management system (NMS).

New MicrOS broadband client nodes provide more cost-effective yet reliable and secure broadband mesh connections for wired IoTSP clients. Increased operational effectiveness and efficiency is also achieved via managing IoTSP field area networks from one pane of glass. SuprOS 8.5 accomplishes this by adding support for MicrOS client nodes and ArcheOS narrowband PTMP/PTP radios from ABB plus selected Cambium and Redline broadband PTMP/PTP radios.

For additional information, visit www.abb.com/unwired.

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