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Chicago-based S&C Electric Co. says it has introduced new smart grid solutions to improve the efficiency and performance of utility power systems. The additions to S&C's smart grid portfolio include new radios, controls and software that make it easier to deploy and manage the latest grid-based technologies for intelligent power systems, the company says.

"Smart grid technology is essential for reliable and efficient power delivery, but as deployments of smart grid technologies expand, utilities need tools that will enhance the performance of these systems as well as reduce operating costs," says Mike Edmonds, S&C vice president of strategic solutions. "The latest additions to the S&C smart grid solutions portfolio improve the performance of a range of grid-based applications while streamlining setup and operating procedures for these systems."

The new IntelliCom DA Mesh Radios provide high-capacity, self-healing wireless mesh network communication for a broad array of utility automation applications, such as self-healing systems, advanced SCADA and distributed energy management, S&C says. IntelliCom DA Radios are well suited for these demanding smart grid applications, which require both high-speed and frequent updates of grid data.

The new radios also provide Ethernet connectivity with Layer 2 wireless mesh bridging, which the company says greatly enhances fault isolation and circuit restoration speeds in distribution automation applications.

S&C's new IntelliCap 2000 controls provide a simple setup process and offer a variety of control strategies, which streamlines deployment by minimizing the need for custom programming and configurations in a volt/VAR optimization system.

S&C has also introduced the latest version of its IntelliLink Remote Setup Software, which is used with products including IntelliRupter Pulseclosers and 6800 Automatic Switch Controls applied on automatic restoration systems. A revamped user interface makes it easier to configure devices remotely, access historical and real-time data, and troubleshoot equipment the company says. S&C enhanced the software screens to improve the setup workflow and the data-entry process. IntelliLink Remote Setup Software also now includes support for multiple languages.

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