Alcatel-Lucent is launching two new network routers specifically designed for the energy sector. The products are the first Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) routers to have a hardened form with a smaller footprint so that they can be deployed in the distribution and field area network.

Up to now, IP/MPLS mainly has been deployed in support of the transmission network in the power grid. Utilities now can deploy a complete end-to-end IP/MPLS network to support their smart grid strategies. With crucial utility applications such as teleprotection having been proven to work over IP/MPLS, the barriers have been removed for utilities to migrate to a single, secure, reliable communications network using IP/MPLS throughout the electricity grid, supporting smarter power management and creating dramatic operational and cost efficiencies.

Alcatel-Lucent's 7705 Service Aggregation Router portfolio has been extended to include the 7705 SAR-H and 7705-W variants. The 7705 SAR-H has been designed to meet the strict utility substation IEEE 1613 and IEC 61850-3 specifications and incorporate a stateful firewall together with many other built-in security features such as network address translation that effectively address cyber security concerns without the need for a separate firewall.

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