RuggedCom Inc. has been awarded a contract from National Grid to supply project management, equipment and services to implement a remote access monitoring and management solution for 400+ electric and gas substations in the UK.

This will be implemented over the next three years, with a total project value of approximately US$5 million. The solution will be based on RuggedCom’s RuggedSwitch and RuggedRouter families of utility-grade IEC 61850-3 compliant products. National Grid will use RuggedCom’s products to enhance fault response, management and monitoring of the substations. Expected benefits include risk avoidance, improved asset condition assessment, reduced data collection costs, improved asset life management, reduction in unnecessary site visits, enhancement of personnel safety and improved security for remote access.