Sixnet, a Red Lion business and leading provider of industrial
networking solutions, today announced that its IndustrialPro®
cellular routers are being used by Black
Hills Power to provide wireless backhaul connectivity for the
company’s secure Advanced
Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. The AMI collects data from
smart meters at more than 69,000 customer sites over a 3G cellular
network, allowing Black Hills to remotely monitor energy consumption and
maximize power availability.
“Previously, we checked electric meters manually, which was a
time-consuming process that involved a great deal of driving and home
visits,” said Rick Dobbe, communications engineer at Black Hills Power.
“The security, performance and reliability of Sixnet’s rugged cellular
routers give us real-time access to data so that we can remotely monitor
energy use, outage and restoration notifications and alarms over our
Verizon 3G network, helping us to conserve costs while increasing
Black Hills Power provides safe, reliable service to 69,000 residential
and commercial customers in 25 communities in western South Dakota,
southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming. Black Hills’ AMI
initiative, which began installing smart meters in customer homes in
June 2010, is a smart grid project that contributes to the national goal
of building an intelligent grid to serve the public interest and
routers provide secure, cost-effective cellular connectivity to remote
locations and devices such as meters, sensors or RTUs in industrial
environments. The IndustrialPro routers used by Black Hills Power are
managed by Sixnet’s SixView™
Manager, which enables remote management, configuration and
monitoring of multiple devices from a single console.
“The Black Hills Power AMI program is an ambitious project that required
a wireless solution that was not only secure and reliable, but also easy
to deploy,” said Scott Killian, director of sales for Sixnet/Red Lion.
“Sixnet’s industrial wireless routers combined with our SixView Manager
software make it easy to install, configure and monitor remote units so
that organizations can proactively utilize 3G networks for innovative
applications such as smart meters.”
To learn more about Sixnet products and services, please visit http://www.sixnet.com
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About Black Hills Power
Black Hills Power is the legacy utility business of Black Hills Corp.
(NYSE: BKH) and has been delivering energy for more than 128 years. The
electric utility serves 69,000 customers in 25 communities in western
South Dakota, northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. Black Hills
Corp. — a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary
service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice — is based in
Rapid City, S.D., with corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb.
Black Hills Corp. serves 762,000 natural gas and electric utility
customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and
Wyoming, and its non-regulated businesses generate wholesale
electricity, produce natural gas, oil and coal, and market energy. Black
Hills’ 2,100 employees partner to produce results that improve life with
energy. More information is available at www.blackhillscorp.com.
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Sixnet, a Red Lion business, provides innovative machine-to-machine
networking solutions that integrate wireless, automation and
switching technologies to better serve customers and markets worldwide.
Sixnet’s flexible solutions enable organizations to cost-effectively
increase business productivity. By integrating powerful enterprise-class
networking with rugged reliability, Sixnet meets the standards of the
most demanding applications in industries such as power & energy,
banking & retail, transportation, video & security, utilities, military,
mobile data, maritime and more. Based in Ballston Lake, NY, the company
has offices across North America, Asia and Europe. For more information,
About Red Lion Controls
Lion Controls, an internationally based manufacturer of a range of
control devices, got its start in a garage in 1972, and now boasts three
offices across the world as part of Spectris plc. Red Lion Controls has
built a strong reputation in several product areas, including human
machine interface, process measurement and control, and digital
measurement and control. Red Lion has a complete family of quality and
value oriented products to serve the needs of our international customer
base. In addition to world headquarters in York, Pennsylvania, Red Lion
has sales offices in Europe and Asia.