The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is deploying RAD equipment as it migrates to newer generation technologies in its communications network.
Mahwah, NJ, May 07, 2015 –(PR.com)– RAD, (http://www.rad.com) a global leader in communications solutions for power utilities, announced today that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is deploying RAD’s purpose-built, cyber-secured multiservice access platform.
TVA is the second largest wholesale power producer in the United States, ultimately serving approximately nine million people across an 80,000 square-mile footprint that spans all or part of seven southeastern states, including Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.
RAD’s multiservice access platform, one of the pillars of its Service Assured Networking solutions, is a perfect fit for power utility migration projects. It will replace legacy multiplexers currently installed in TVA facilities to support a variety of services over critical infrastructure, including automation functionalities, along with a variety of low-speed, high-speed, and voice services. TVA has also selected the RAD solution to replace and update, aging digital cross connects.
While TVA’s communications services will continue to run over their self-maintained network, the RAD system offers a dual backplane that supports both circuit-switched and packet-switched networks either separately or concurrently. This will allow a smooth migration for implementing next-generation packet services, including Smart Grid applications, and anticipates the impending NERC-CIP v5 requirements for cyber security initiatives.
To bridge the gap between legacy and next-generation services, the RAD system could be used to deploy a solution that incorporates pseudowire emulation. Pseudowire, a technology pioneered by RAD, enables the transport of TDM traffic over IP/Ethernet networks.
“We are delighted that TVA selected RAD as a partner in upgrading the communications infrastructure in their facilities,” states Uri Zilberman, RAD’s President, North America. “It is an ideal solution for power utilities with an extensive base of existing legacy services that also have an eye towards packet migration. The dual-backplane and comprehensive catalogue of service modules, both circuit-switched and packet-based, make it an easy fit in power utility operational networks.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporation owned by the United States government that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving nine-million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
RAD is a leader in communications solutions for power utilities and other segments of the energy industry. Our Service Assured Networking solutions include best-of-breed tools for cyber security and mission-critical communications, as well as for seamless migration to modern packet switched networks and applications. RAD provides field-proven and performance-guaranteed solutions for hybrid TDM and packet- based substation connectivity, operational networks, distance and differential protection communications, secure IEC 61850-3 substation networking, and distribution automation and smart meter backhaul. Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 13 million units. RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/RADdatacomms
Chris Fleming, RAD