Nighthawk, a leading wireless smart grid solutions provider, announces the release of its RDG960 advanced communications and control technology. The RDG960 offers an extension of its already released RDM960/RDL960 products and has been developed to be utilized in GE’sI-210 meters. Nighthawk’s Cellular-Mesh technology allows utilities to take advantage of public communication infrastructure, offering advanced solutions for their most challenging problems. The RDG960 will allow utilities to take advantage of Nighthawks versatile WebConnect software platform and RF solutions, taking advantage of a range of Smart Grid functions with just the click of the mouse.
Utilities now have the ability to address challenging applications such as remote Connect/Disconnect, Time of Use, Tamper and Outage notification, off cycle reads and more. All of this can be done on a targeted basis with the click of a mouse. By focusing on addressing key challenges such as Outage management or meter turn off utilities can maximize the value of their investments. Nighthawk’s Mesh-Cellular solutions are available to electric and water utilities.
The versatile Nighthawk solution can be deployed on a targeted basis or system wide. With its advanced 2.4 GHz Mesh technology, utilities can manage their system with a limited number of cellular gateway points and this technology will also allow utilities to talk to demand response points and other Mesh devices.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with GE and their I-210 meters with which the RDG960 has been developed to be used GE is a leading global provider of energy management products and a wonderful organization. Our primary goal is to develop a product that will be able to seamlessly work along with the meter offering the broadest and most competitive range of solutions for utilities nationwide.” said Charles Kitowski, CEO of Nighthawk Solutions.
GE’s I-210 meters represent state of the art smart metering technology with feature rich design and an integral disconnect switch. They also offer demand, load profile, time-of-use and voltage measurement and are one of the most widely deployed smart meters in North America.
“GE’s I-210 residential smart meter is one of the most widely adopted in North America and we are committed to ensuring support for multiple Advanced Metering Infrastructure solutions to meet the needs of all utilities,” said Ed Myszka, general manager, meters, GE’s Digital Energy business.
Nighthawk’s mesh-cellular radio solution RDG960 series meters can be strategically installed anywhere in the utilities’ territory providing immediate advanced features without any infrastructure build out or maintenance. Nighthawk’s Mesh radio solution allows utilities to address either clusters of advanced meters or even a system wide deployment while lowering the cost of both the hardware and communications expenses.
About Nighthawk: Nighthawk is a mobility leader in machine to machine connected devices and Cloud-based control solutions. For over two decades, we have pioneered intelligent devices and systems that allow for the centralized on-demand management of assets and processes. Nighthawk manages machine to machine communications on over 20 networks worldwide.
Nighthawk products are used throughout North America, Caribbean and Asia in a variety of mission critical applications, including hardened and secure utility control. We are building the future of mobility solutions for machine to machine control with our WebConnect™ device strategy.
Nighthawk is a subsidiary of McWane Inc, a leading manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, valves, hydrants, and fittings. McWane products make up the backbone of vital water distribution and wastewater treatment systems throughout North America, dependably providing the U.S. with clean drinking water. The company operates 25 manufacturing plants including 13 iron foundries across the United States, Canada, Australia, and China.
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About McWane Inc.
McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Alabama, with companies across the United States and the world. At the McWane Family of Companies, we cast ductile iron products--including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings, and plumbing products--manufacture fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, steel pressure vessels, and build network switches and monitoring equipment. We are the leader in delivering clean, safe drinking water around the world while focusing on the safe, environmentally-friendly manufacturing of our products. With more than 6,000 team members McWane has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where we live and work.