RuggedCom Inc. has received a purchase order from a major U.S. electric power utility totaling more than $US 2 million.

The order was for RuggedCom’s RuggedRouter and RuggedSwitch communications networking devices, which are specifically designed to operate reliably in harsh electric utility substation environments. The units will be used to create secure communications networks for use in substation automation and Smart Grid applications. Expected shipments are to be spread out over the next 36-48 months and would be installed in approximately 300 substations with the possibility for additional substations in the future."For this order, we leveraged our domain expertise in the electric power sector and our market leadership in providing reliable and secure communications networks for deployment in electric utility substations”, explained Marzio Pozzuoli, President and CEO of RuggedCom. “This is a new customer and we worked with them to get it right. Our customers are upgrading their substations with intelligent electronic devices and high-speed communications networks; a key step towards achieving a Smart Grid.”RuggedCom worked closely with the customer to ensure that the solution provided would meet their specific requirements. Two key selling points were reliable operation in electrically harsh substation environments and the extensive cyber security features embedded in the products, which enable compliance with NERC CIP cyber security requirements for critical infrastructure in electric utilities.