Nokia has launched a new 7705 SAR-Hm, purpose-built, feature-rich, long-term evolution (LTE) / 3G wireless router to upgrade power distribution networks for utilities.
The latest introduction to the Nokia Service Routing technology combines IP / multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and LTE / 3G technologies to offer advanced wireless connectivity for grid devices embedded deep in a highly scalable distribution network.
Nokia's IP routing and packet core business unit head Sri Reddy said: “Grid reliability, power quality, and automation are all key areas that will require improved field area networks.
“We are excited to offer our utility customers wireless options for extending proven, secure, and reliable IP/MPLS services of our Service Router portfolio.
“This will not only allow them to modernise their field area operations with more automation and monitoring for improved grid reliability and power quality, it will position them well to maximise tomorrow's opportunities.”
The launch will facilitate improved smart grid applications, including advanced metering, distribution automation, and integration of renewable energy sources.
Nokia's wireless router solution will also be able to and lay the groundwork to boost an anticipated large increase in field devices with the internet of things (IoT).
With the company’s secure IP / MPLS networks and LTE / 3G solutions, both public and private network operators, will have high-capacity connectivity in their power distribution grids and directly into field devices.
The solution will also offer highest levels of reliability, security, and scalability for mission-critical applications and services.